Two Chilliwack homes are now official heritage sites after a city hall presentation Thursday.
Owners of properties known as Stonehurst and the Gervan Residence were presented with plaques and their homes are now protected under the city's recently updated heritage designation policy.
"Chilliwack has an incredible history and recognizing homes that are historically significant is important to the city," Mayor Sharon Gaetz said in a press release. "We are proud of our history and of the incredible job both residences have done to lovingly preserve their heritage homes."
Gaetz went to the so-called Gervan House at 46054 First Ave. on Thursday to meet with owner Linda Phelps. She later went to Stonehurst, at 46290 Yale Rd., to meet with its owners, Rob O'Brennan and Gwyneth Jones.
The owners of both homes had applied to the city for the heritage status. Those designation requests were approved after a public hearing held at city hall on June 4. The designation amounts to a notice on title that regulates any changes to the exterior of the buildings.
Most communities have created heritage commissions to help designate heritage properties, but city staff say they have received so few requests that a commission was not recommended.
Instead, the city paid for statements of significance to be prepared by a consultant
to describe the heritage value and character-defining elements of the homes.
Both the homes Gaetz attended Thursday to hand out plaques help tell the story of Chilliwack's history.
In 1908, the Gervan family moved to Chilliwack and became involved in the city. Harry Gervan opened a hardware store on Wellington Street and served as a city alderman in 1909, 1910 and 1912 and mayor in 1913.
The home is now owned by Phelps, whose father before her owned the property.
Stonehurst at 46290 Yale Rd. was built by Chauncey Eckert in 1909. The home is best known recently as the location of the now-closed La Mansione restaurant.
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