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Two Local Residences Added to Heritage Register

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moffathousepitman-houseMoffat House and Pitman House,  images courtesy Trelle Morrow

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George City Council has approved adding two  homes to the Heritage Register  in the City,   they  are the first additions to that register since  late 2007.

The homes,    the Munro/Moffat house on Moffat Street   and the Pitman house  which is located  on McBride Crescent.

The Munro/Moffat house was built in 1914 for John Munro and was purchased by Alexander Moffat in  1920.  It is  categorized as a “Prairie Style” log house with  special features, such as the diamond shaped window mullions,  the large veranda  and  wood detailing inside which is “much beyond the standard of the day”.

The Pitman house  was built in 1921 for the W.J. Pitmann family which owned  a music store on 3rd Avenue.  The highlights  of this home include the Gambrel  roof design,  symmetrical  window pattern on the  main façade,  and the bevelled exterior siding  which the Heritage Commission   says is “typical of the period.”

Having  a home  added to the Heritage register  won’t protect the  buildings from demolition or alterations,  but it will  allow the City to  keep track  of  properties with heritage value in the community,  and to monitor alterations to  buildings.




The WIDC fits right in with those designs and could be mistaken for a 100 yr old building.

    How does it feel to have a toke tonight?

    Good to have those additions. Wondering if the rate of additions will increase from 2 per 10 years from now on.

    Will we have signs or a commemorative plaque on those houses in similar fashion as other communities do?

      Another local that thinks stained wood on the exterior of a modern building, looks ‘sharp’. Sorry, I don’t ‘toke’ , I am not a fellow burnout.

      “Another local that thinks stained wood on the exterior of a modern building, looks ‘sharp’.”

      Yes, glass and steel look so much “sharper”. ??

      The topic is heritage building, especially residential heritage buildings.

      We could talk about higher rise heritage buildings as well. We do not have any of those …. yet. Larger and older cities do, however. We just did not build any buildings such as the ones one would see in Nelson, BC. and the towns and cities in the Kootenays, for instance. The closest we have like that is the old post office, which is on the local heritage registry. The Columbus burned down and we could not get the expertise here to keep the façade, which is done in cities such as Vancouver.

      I think the RBC building, in its original form could easily represent local heritage of the 50 year old genre. However, some buildings need to be modernized as well as maintained to meet new performance standards. The TD, Scotia building and RBC are examples of that. Will the HSBC building be next?

      Finally we have the WDIC building. A building of today when we are rediscovering the use of wood. The interior of the building is true to the structural form of the application of our rediscovery of the new wood technology. To me and to some others the interior is beauty in its rawest form.

      I agree 100% with you and others that the exterior use of wood, especially the radical approach to burning the exterior and leaving other panels practically unfinished is highly questionable. Why that had to be randomly applied to an otherwise normal glass façade is beyond me. If I would have been on the committee of the building owners, I would not have allowed it. Far too much maintenance and cost to the taxpaying public.

      BUT, it is a discussion piece. Move 40 or 50 years down the road and the WIDIC building should be a candidate for a heritage building.

We are thrilled to have our home on this register. In response to gopg2015’s question, no plaque that I’m aware of. Down the road it may be something we look at adding to our home, but it would be at our cost.

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