The Langley Heritage Society held an open house to show off the restored Lattimer House last month.

The Langley Heritage Society held an open house to show off the restored Lattimer House last month.

A house with a bit of history

Langley Heritage Society restores Lattimer House first purchased by returning First World War veteran

The historic Lattimer House stands slightly taller and to one side of its original location, the result of a year-long restoration campaign by the Langley Heritage Society that moved the small wooden two-storey onto a new, slightly higher foundation next door and fixed it up, inside and out.

The house on 216 Street near Glover Road is more than 100 years old.

It was built on what used to be the Hudson Bay Farm, a 40-acre spread which was subdivided by the owners when the BC Electric Railway, the interurban streetcar service, arrived in 1910.

The house was acquired around 1920 by David Lattimer when he returned home from the First World War.

An article in the Heritage Society newsletter described a visit to the restored house by former resident Betty (Lattimer) Miller, who said the family lived in the house until around 1960, when they moved to Edmonton.

Miller, who visited her former home during an open house hosted last month by the society, said the layout had been altered since she lived there, to move the stairs from the kitchen to the front room.

She said the unusual spelling of her family name was because the military mistakenly added an extra “t” to the name on her father’s pension cheques, so he started using the new spelling in order to cash the payments.

The day after the open house, new residents moved in, tenants who have agreed to respect its heritage character.