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a3a35919 on May 28, 2011

Deas Island, Delta, BC.

Description of Historic Place:

Burrvilla is an elaborate and sophisticated two storey plus basement wood-frame Queen Anne Revival style residence. It is part of the Deas Island Regional Park heritage grouping and is situated near the Delta Agricultural Hall and Inverholme School. Similar to its original location, the house is oriented with views towards the Fraser River amidst large expanses of grass and a mixed canopy of deciduous and coniferous trees.

Heritage Value:

Built in 1905-06 at the corner of 62B and River Road, Burrvilla reflects the turn of the nineteenth century economic expansion of Delta's farming industry, and symbolizes the wealth and status attained by the prominent Burr family. It was of great historic importance within the Crescent Island community - once an isolated island but now connected to the mainland - and is a valuable legacy of Delta's pioneering origins. The house and its farm were an important centre for community social gatherings for Crescent Islanders and others from Ladner. Also, the Burr property was the location of a steamer landing and briefly housed Crescent Island's only post office. The house was the most prominent in the area and a well-known community landmark. The man for whom the house was built, Henry Benjamin Burr (known as 'Harry'), was the son of W.H. Burr, who was an early pioneer involved in the municipal incorporation of Delta. Harry Burr began farming on Crescent Island in the 1890s and married Edith Blanche Mitchell, daughter of pioneer Nathaniel Mitchell, in 1899. The house remained in Burr family ownership until 1974.

The heritage value of Burrvilla is also associated with its architecture as an excellent example of the popular Queen Anne Revival Style. The house features the trademark elements of the style such as varied wall textures, decorated porches, a complex picturesque roofline and a highly elaborated decorative scheme with superior carpenter ornamentation. The house is notable as an unusually late example of this style, and represents a transition point between the elaborate Victorian residential styles and the more simplified expressions of the Edwardian era. It was constructed by carpenter Fred Land and designer/builder David Price, who was Harry Burr's brother-in-law. It is unknown whether Price used a pattern book design, or adapted a similar plan for this house. The exterior millwork is exceptional, demonstrating pride in the building and typifying the architectural elaboration still considered fashionable at the time. The use of intricate ornamentation had been facilitated by the introduction of steam-driven band saws, illustrating the rise of industrial production and its application within the context of growth and development.

Furthermore, Burrvilla is significant for its heritage designation in 1981 - the first in Delta - and its relocation to Deas Island Regional Park in 1982, as part of a heritage grouping with Inverholme School and the Delta Agricultural Hall; a reflection of the community's commitment to the preservation of its local heritage. It is also indicative of heritage practices of the 1980s, in which relocation to heritage groupings of this type was often seen as the only solution for dealing with threatened heritage buildings.

Mahdi Kalhor on May 28, 2011
  • Wonderful capture of historic place with great description.

  • Like

  • All the best from Iran, Mahdi

cindy555 on May 29, 2011

Hi Danny thanks for the info above, great shot what got new camera ???

Not a Nikon I see...MAZ


a3a35919 on May 29, 2011

Thanx Mahdi and Marion... yes got new camera...

Vasilij on May 30, 2011

Красиво! Нравится. С уважением, Василий.

Puna on May 31, 2011

NICE SHOT Danny Many thanks for info.


a3a35919 on June 1, 2011

Cheers Vasilij

a3a35919 on June 1, 2011

Hi Puna, glad you liked it ...

Heinz Peierl on June 1, 2011

Schöne Perspektive

like 4

Viele Grüße von der Mosel


John de Crom on June 2, 2011

Hi.Danny very beautiful and good photo LIKE. Greetings from Holland John.

lozpet on June 4, 2011

Beautiful house Danny, love the style. Thanks for the info, interesting. New camera is doing it's job well, good clear pic, LIKE, Cheers, LOZ

a3a35919 on June 6, 2011

Hi again Heinz thanx for the visit!

a3a35919 on June 6, 2011

Hi John, hows things in you neck of the woods... thanx for the continued visits.

a3a35919 on June 6, 2011

Hello there Loz, always nice to here from you, still in Nyabing? thought you were moving, down to something up, No?

Laurel211 on June 7, 2011

This is a beauty!

a3a35919 on June 10, 2011

Hi Laurel, thanx for all the visits, hows things on the farm?


Evangelo Agneos on July 14, 2011

Beautiful house Danny,LIKE!!!

a3a35919 on July 14, 2011

Thanx Evangello... the blurb at the start was new to me as well

Tom Troxel on August 7, 2011

a great shot, beautiful colors!! and thanx for all the great info

Best to you,


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 28, 2011
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    by a3a35919
    • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    • Taken on 2011/05/26 11:00:26
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 120.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO6400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash