This is a story about a turn of the century Victorian and a number of love affairs...
|6892 Lougheed Agassiz© Stephen Mullock|
In the year of 1909, a most remarkable structure arose across from the Dominion Agricultural Research Station in the budding community of Agassiz, B.C. A two-storey house was nearing completion for the newly married Evan and Alice Probert. Evan helped run the nearby Bella Vista Hotel in Agassiz while Alice taught school in the Harrison Mills, Agassiz and Rosedale communities. It must have been a struggle, especially for Alice, as a ferry boat ride was needed back then to cross the Fraser river and get to Rosedale. Still they had a beautiful new house to return to at the end of the day's work. An upper middle class dwelling having a little over 1900 square feet on two finished floors with a full basement beneath; it provided a comfortable home reminiscent of the Montreal and Victoria dwellings Evan and Alice had grown up in. They would call the house "Hochelaga" a St. Lawrence Iroquoian village word and an area close to McGill in Montreal, Canada. A stained glass window above the main entry area with the word "Hochelaga" still greets visitors to its doorstep. The Agassiz Museum has and sometimes displays tiny Alice's wedding dress, who is shown on the porch in the next picture.
|Hochelaga 1909 ©|
|Hochelaga 2000 ©|
Greg and Lorna approached the home's restoration with both vigour and a sensitivity to the home's design strengths. A bit of a love affair with the dwelling. First, the vinyl siding was removed, and, much to the delight of the new owners, the original wood shingles were revealed to be in good shape just needing a paint job. A lot of effort was needed to bring back an exterior similar to the 1909 photograph. A new heavy "50 year" shingle roof with a sculpted edge adds an interesting detail.
|Hochelaga 2014 ©|
The energy efficiency of single pane windows was an issue and with this, Greg and Lorna made a wise decision. Instead of ripping them out and installing new vinyl or aluminium sash windows, custom made storm windows were ordered, made and hung. The energy efficiency of the house was also enhanced with a heat pump, which provides both air conditioning and heating. Today average utility cost for electricity and natural gas combined runs a very reasonable $200 a month.
Room by room this house has been thoughtfully and carefully improved. Here are the stunning results and just a taste of what's inside:
|All pictures © Stephen Mullock|
This house has a happy past and a promising future thanks to the care and attention that has gone into this labour of love.
Imagine living here....
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