The Love House in Burnaby, British Columbia

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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:

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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.

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 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:

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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…

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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…

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The photo below depicts Mr. and Mrs. Love in 1918 in front of their house:

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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.

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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:




  • Sue says:

    It struck me that there are even pictures of the house with the couple/family standing in front of it to begin with, as pictures were not as common then. LOVE it !

  • Lisa Cutty says:

    Wonderful example of a house that had been added onto over the years. Thanks for including the video!

  • Barb says:

    What a wonderfully well preserved old house! The Love House looks like its future is secure.
    – Barb
    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” by J. K. Rowling.

  • Courtenay says:

    Hi Sarah! Jesse and Martha were actually my great great grandparents. I was just googling some pictures of this house, thinking that it might be fun to do a post on it some day and I found your post! I loved it! Thanks so much for sharing it with everyone. :)

    • housecrazy says:

      thanks for leaving a comment Courtenay – small world!

    • Lisa says:

      Hey Courtenay, I’m also the great great grand daughter of Jesse and Martha Love! Their daughter Edith “Minnie” Love was my Dad’s grandma. So that means you and I are related…. how weird is that!

      It would be cool to connect. :)

  • Trevor Hughes says:

    Hi Lisa and Coutenay — I too am a great great grandchild of the Love’s. And my family line owned the “old home” through 1971. I remember eating thanksgiving dinner there as a young child. I have documented a lot of our family history on Let me know if you would like the link to the family tree.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Trevor, That’s so cool. I’d love the link to!!

      Were either of you guys at the Love Farmhouse 10 – 15 years ago when they reopened the farmhouse after renovations? There was a ribbon cutting ceremony and a bunch of the great great grandchildren got to cut the ribbon.

  • Trevor says:

    Hi Lisa – send me a note at and I will send the link. I am on the ast coast, so did not attend the ribbon cutting. But I think my grandmother was there.

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