We are so lucky that Julie the mother-in-law was able to hold on to the house that she grew up in. Her father, Carl Whitehead bought all 5 lots on the side of 114th Avenue between 205th and Waresley Street in 1922. What we call the Little Yellow House was a two-room cottage at that time and the only building on the block.
Carl added two front rooms to the cottage and finished a new house next door by the end of 1923. To make best use of the southern exposure, he fronted the two houses onto 205th Street (then Waugh Street) which meant the lot lines were perpendicular to the house orientations. That decision made things a little tricky when we wanted to do a simple bathroom reno, but it has resulted in our decision to consolidate both lots into one and preserve the buildings in the spots where Carl put them.
Carl built four more houses on the three remaining lots he owned and rented them out to people who worked at the mill. Over the years, those lots have been sold off, but our two houses remain. Perhaps the Little Yellow House would have been sold, too, if it had had its own lot. It didn’t and it wasn’t.
The result of this history is what we see in this video of the Whitehead property in the springtime. Two weeks ago I walked along 205th Street and turned onto 114th Avenue. (I did the same thing a few years ago in the snow and posted that video here.) We had an early spring this year and you can see the lilac’s blooming and the laundry out on the line. I love passive solar energy.