The Maple Ridge Museum and Archives is awesome.
James Burton was looking for information on our house for the Statement of Significance. I visited the Museum and found this Fire Insurance map from 1928. It was revised in 1937. Can you tell what was changed?
There is a lot of cool information on this map.
Garages are signified with auto. The number of stories of the building is indicated by the numbers 1 or 1 1/2. Carl’s own house (this one) was the tallest on the block.
If you look closely, you can see the front ends of the houses on lots 646, 645 and 642 are drawn with a lighter pencil and the lines don’t quite match up in spots. That is where a piece of paper was added to revise that information in 1937. I suspect the house numbers were changed.
We know that Carl Whitehead built all the houses on the block between Waugh and Waresley except the little yellow house, as we call it, which he added to. It is north of the main house beside the lane.
Our lots are registered as lots 650 and 649 with the lot lines running North to South. The houses front on Waugh Street however, with numbers 80 and 78. We still have those numbers in our basement.
The amazing Val Patenaude of the museum is very helpful in interpreting these documents. Since we know Carl Whitehead bought the block in 1922 and the four new houses were built before the 1928 drafting of this map, we can believe his daughter Julie when she says Hammond Forever House was built in 1923.
Carl was a prolific home builder!
As we speak, The Maple Ridge Museum and Archives is just wrapping up it’s 40th Anniversary Party. They are using the occasion to campaign for a new location to store and display the materials they currently have no space for. It is just incredible how Val and everyone there are able to find information, photos and documents for people like us when they have so little space. The museum itself is a heritage brick works building which cannot be added to. They really need some new digs!
One final detail we know from the map is that our garage once sat in the corner and was moved to its current location. We believe Carl poured a new foundation where it is now, picked it up and set it down there to be closer to the main house where he lived.