The Love House in Burnaby, British Columbia
Welcome to the Love House – why not? It’s February!
Built as a farmhouse in 1893 for Mr. Jesse Love and his wife Martha, this home was one of the first homesteads in Burnaby, British Columbia. In fact, it was issued Burnaby’s “Building Permit #1“.
Have a look at a historic photo of Martha Love and her children in front of the Love House on Cumberland Road, around the year 1907:
The home was moved from its original location on “Cumberland Road” to the grounds of the Burnaby Village Museum in 1988. It is now an interpretive site and has been fully restored to how it would have appeared in about 1925, including reproduction wallpaper.
In addition, the house currently has on display an exhibit of 1912 lace gowns created by the Canadiana Costume Society.
The Love House is a vernacular example of a late Victorian era wood frame farmhouse with later Arts and Crafts alterations and additions … This two storey house has an L-shaped plan, with a compound gabled roof, overhanging eaves and a large wraparound verandah.
Here is a 1908 winter photo of the house when it was in the original location at 1390 Cumberland Road (later renumbered 7651 Cumberland Street), in East Burnaby:
Jesse Love (b.1849 - d.1928) and his wife Martha (b.1858 – d.1920) moved to the Burnaby, British Columbia area in 1893 to start a fruit ranch. The house was constructed by local builder George Salt and the original footprint had only an entrance hall, dining room, lean-to kitchen, master bedroom and smalls rooms upstairs.
As the Love’s added to their brood and gained more standing in the community, they added on a formal parlour, more bedrooms upstairs, and a large permanent kitchen to their home. Later additions included the verandah, exterior shingle siding, larger windows, plumbing and electricity.
By this 1918 photo (below), you can see that the arts and crafts details have been added - note the exposed rafters and eave brackets that were not present in earlier photos…
The alterations really transformed the entire look of the house from a wood-sided pioneer homestead to a stylish upper-middle-class home.
Here’s a closer look at the finely preserved arts and craft details…
The photo below depicts Mr. and Mrs. Love in 1918 in front of their house:
The Loves actually had eleven children so adding on to the house was a necessity.
Unfortunately, I could not find any un-copyrighted photos of the interior but I read that it still has pressed tin ceilings, some original wallpapers and cedar paneling in the kitchen.
The house is also furnished with period antiques and even has some of the original pieces from when the family lived there, as well as reproduction wallpaper which matches old photos.
To view an excellent video of the interior, see this YouTube house tour that the Burnaby Village Museum did a couple of year ago:
I find it amazing (and admirable) that three generations of the Love family inhabited this house from the time it was built in 1893 all the way up until 1971.
How thrilling it must be for descendants of the Love family to visit this museum today and witness how their actual ancestors lived!
This house was clearly cherished over the years and, well, LOVED.
For further details on the Love House, please see the following links: