2013 HERITAGE CONSERVATION AWARDS

The 2013 Heritage Conservation Awards were presented by the Langley Heritage Society at its Annual General Meeting on April 26, 2013.
Dr. Angela Busletta, Dr. Elaine Mah and Dr Erica Phelps received an award for their sensitive renovation and adaptive re-use of the Rod Cummings residence at the Murrayville Five Corners.

Dr. Erica Phelps, Fred Pepin, Dr. Elaine Mah, Dr. Angela Busletta

Dr. Erica Phelps, LHS President Fred Pepin, Dr. Elaine Mah, Dr. Angela Busletta

The Langley Meadows Community Association was honoured for preserving and restoring the Matheson residence now part of the Langley Meadows neighbourhood park on 64th Avenue. Barb Bonnett and Jill Craven accepted the award on behalf of the Langley Meadows Community Association.
Jill Craven (left), Fred Pepin, Barb Bonnett

Jill Craven (left), Fred Pepin, Barb Bonnett

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2013 AWARD: Langley Meadows Community Association

The farm house built in 1898 by John Matheson

The farm house built in 1898 by John Matheson


The Langley Meadows Community Association was honoured with a 2013 Heritage Conservation Award by the Langley Heritage Society. The Association was recognized for the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Matheson residence located on 64th Avenue, west of 200 Street.
The Matheson house after its move to Langley Meadows Park, 2003

The Matheson house after its move to Langley Meadows Park, 2003

The Matheson house is significant to Langley’s history because of its connection to early farming life and having been the home of an important pioneer family. It was built in 1898 by John Matheson for his family. It is one of only about a half dozen 19th Century farm houses still left in Langley Township and the only one in the Langley Meadows area. The Matheson dairy farm was an early and successful agricultural settlement located adjacent to the Hudson’s Bay Company Farm.
The Matheson residence now home to the Wind & Tide Preschool

The Matheson house now home to the Wind & Tide Preschool

The Matheson family were originally from Nova Scotia and came to Langley via San Francisco. John Matheson started coming in 1888 in the winters to build a road and clear the farm. It took six years before he brought his wife, Cassie and their two children and another four years before the house was built.
The Matheson house is now a prominent feature in the Langley Meadows Park

The Matheson house is now a prominent feature in the Langley Meadows Park

The restoration process took many years but the perseverance of the Langley Meadows Community Association saved an important link to Langley’s past and provided a new life for the heritage building as the Wind & Tide Preschool.
Farm house built in 1898 by John Matheson

Farm house built in 1898 by John Matheson

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2013 AWARD: Drs. Busletta, Mah and Phelps

Drs. Busletta, Mah and Phelps of Langley Obstetrics and Gynecology were honoured with a 2013 Heritage Conservation Award by the Langley Heritage Society. The development of their new medical clinic included the saving and restoration of a heritage building, the Rod Cummings residence.

Rod Cummings with his wife, Flora (2nd from right) c.1915

Rod Cummings with his wife, Flora (2nd from right) c.1915

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rodrick Cummings arrived in Vancouver in 1886 and married Flora Matheson, and then took up homesteading in South Langley in 1888. He subsequently began slaughtering hogs and cattle to supply district logging camps and opened a butcher shop. Their son was Daniel Cummings.
The Rod Cummings house with restoration work almost complete

The Rod Cummings house with restoration work almost complete

The Cummings residence was constructed before 1915 on Old Yale Road at Murray’s Corners. Several major alterations were made to the house over the years including the enclosure of the front porch and additions to three sides. In 2011, the additions and the north elevation were destroyed by fire. The smoke and water damage from the fire caused a considerable loss of original exterior materials.
The rendering of the proposed medical clinic with Cummings house on left

The rendering of the proposed medical clinic with Cummings house on left

As part of an overall redevelopment of the site for the medical clinic, the house was restored to its original appearance and includes the open front porch, replacement of the wood doors and windows, and restoration of exterior materials.
A single storey addition of 3,000 sq ft has been added

A single storey addition of 3,000 sq ft has been added

The house maintains its original relationship to Old Yale Road and will now be used for the waiting room, library and meeting rooms for the medical clinic. The one-storey addition has been designed to complement but not exactly replicate the heritage house.
The Rod Cummings house at the Murrayville Five Corners

The Rod Cummings house at the Murrayville Five Corners

The Rod Cummings residence has found a new life as part of a medical clinic

The Rod Cummings residence has found a new life as part of a medical clinic

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FIRST WEEK: Work underway to restore Willoughby Hall

Restoration work on the Willoughby Hall began the week of March 4, 2013

Restoration work on the Willoughby Hall began the week of March 4, 2013

Peak Construction commenced work on the restoration of Willoughby Hall last week. The first stage of work will prepare the old hall for its move, approximately twenty feet to the north. The kitchen which was a previous addition is currently being demolished and will be rebuilt once the hall is resting on a new foundation including a full basement.

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WILLOUGHBY HALL: Heritage restoration process begins

Volunteers at the Willoughby Hall pack up all the contents to get ready for the Hall's restoration

Volunteers at the Willoughby Hall pack up all the contents to get ready for the Hall’s restoration.

President Karl Dreise and members of the Willoughby Hall Society together with their families worked long and hard on the weekend to pack up and move all the contents of the Hall. But it was a labour of love because restoration work can now begin on the heritage hall. While Peak Construction has responsibility for the majority of the work, the Langley Heritage Society and the Willoughby Hall Society will help complete the building’s restoration with additional funds raised for the Baker Memorial Project.
The contents of the Willoughby Hall were loaded up and taken to the Dixon Barn for storage during restoration work on the Hall

Contents of the Willoughby Hall were loaded up and taken to the Dixon Barn for storage during restoration work.

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HERITAGE WALKS: Murrayville Walking Tour

Murray's Corner from a painting by Brian Croft

Murray’s Corner from a painting by Brian Croft


The Murrayville Walking Tour was produced by the Langley Heritage Society a number of years ago. By popular request it has now been digitized to allow access here on the web. Click below to view and print each page.
Murrayville Walking Tour Page 1 of 2
Murrayville Walking Tour Page 2 of 2
Enjoy your visit to Murrayville’s heritage. Also see the Fort Langley Walking Tour.

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HERITAGE WALKS: Fort Langley Walking Tour


The Fort Langley Walking Tour was produced by the Langley Heritage Society a number of years ago. By popular request it has now been digitized to allow access here on the web. Click below to view and print each page.
Fort Langley Walking Tour Page 1 of 2
Fort Langley Walking Tour Page 2 of 2
Enjoy your visit to Fort Langley’s heritage. Also see the Murrayville Walking Tour.

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