Sidney and Ethel Mowat Residence

4636 Arthur Drive
Delta, BC

Built: 1935
 

Fairly ordinary architecturally this house, built in 1935, is an example of the kind of houses that were built during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was built for Sidney and Ethel Mowat and continued to be the Mowat house until Ethel's death in 1990.

Status: Still Standing

Mowat Residence - 2020
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The house sits on a small lot, or perhaps more accurately, a shallow lot, since it backs onto Chilukthan Slough. The allocation of space follows the plan of most of the older homes along this street; the bedrooms are located upstairs, while the kitchen, dining, and living areas are on the main floor. However, it differs from the other homes in that it sits on a crawlspace rather than a full basement.

There were three bedrooms upstairs, sufficient space to accommodate the Mowats and their three children. Ethel's parents, Ernest and Jane Berry, came to Ladner in 1913, having emigrated from England in 1909 and settling initially at Sicomous. E. L. Berry operated a grocery story and a bakery until 1924. Ethel was the youngest child and the only daughter, and worked in the store and drove the delivery truck until she married in 1921. As Sid Mowat was employed by Shell Oil, the Mowats were transferred several times, residing in Ladner, New Westminser, and Vancouver for the better part of a decade before finally settling here in the house.

Ethel Womat was very active in the community, participating in the United Church, the I.O.D.E., and McKee House, and she was in the forefront of the drive to establish a museum for this community. By many Deltans, she is remembered for the wedding and anniversary cakes which she created. She was also a very keen quilter, and the Delta Museum and Archives has in its holdings an anniversary quilt which Ethel was instrumental in bringing about.