John and Emily Ellis Residence

4826 48th Avenue
Delta, BC

Built: 1920

The Ellis Residence is a two-and-one-half storey, front-gabled, Arts and Crafts-style residence located on the north side of 48th Avenue in Ladner village. It is distinctive for its exposed rafters, triangular eave brackets and front projecting porch with tapered columns. The house is situated in a heritage conservation area, amongst houses of similar age and style.

Status: Still Standing

The Ellis Residence - 2008
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Heritage Value

Up until 1920 the lot was undeveloped, owned by Mrs. Lavina Shotboldt, wife of Thomas Shotboldt of Victoria. Lavina was one of the daughters of Thomas and Mary Ann Parmiter and sister of Mrs. W. L. McBride of Port Guichon. No doubt the property was purchased in her name as an investment. In 1920 the lot and the one behind it were sold to John and Emily Ellis and this substantial house was built.

A photograph taken around 1925 depicts a handsome Craftsmen style house typical of the 1920s. It would not be surprising to discover that J. B. Elliot built this house, as there are several along Arthur Drive which were his handiwork and which resemble this house.

Some of the features of the Craftsmen style are evident in this house are the brackets in the gable and at the eaves, the deep front porch with wooden posts and peaked roofed, and the wooden shingle siding. The large three-storey house is set off by an attractive front yard.

After John died in 1825, Emily, nee Brodie, retained ownership of the house and lived in it until shortly before her own death in 1940. Tge house was then sold in 1942 to Ernest and Ellen Kershaw but it is unlikely that they lived in it. Ernie and Isobel Marshall bought the house in 1957 and renovated it twice.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Ellis Residence include its:

  • location on 48th Avenue, as part of a grouping of historic early houses
  • residential form, scale and massing, as expressed by its two-and-one-half storey height, symmetrical plan, and front-gabled roof with asymmetrical front projecting porch with tapered piers
  • wood-frame construction
  • Arts and Crafts detailing, including triangular eave brackets, and open eaves with exposed rafter tails
  • red-brick internal chimney with corbelling
  • original interior wooden window
  • associated landscape features, including mature deciduous and coniferous trees