Heritage register

The Kelowna Heritage Register is an official listing of properties within the community that are identified as having heritage value. Search the register below.

The Heritage Register replaces the 1983 Kelowna Heritage Resources Inventory. In 1994, the Local Government Act, along with the community's growth and public interest in the conservation and revitalization of heritage buildings and sites, allowed for the creation of the Heritage Register.

More than 200 properties are currently listed in the Kelowna Heritage Register. For each listed building, a Statement of Significance has been written, indicating why the building merits inclusion. A Statement of Significance provides a description of and identifies the heritage value and character-defining elements of a historic place.

Why establish the Heritage Register?

The Heritage Register identifies properties of heritage value in Kelowna and allows us to review and monitor proposed changes that would have an impact on listed heritage properties. Properties listed in the Kelowna Heritage Register have special status and may be eligible to benefit from the following incentives:

  • Heritage Revitalization Agreements to vary the City’s Zoning and Subdivision, Development and Servicing Bylaws. This allows the City to consider, on a case-by-case basis, providing property owners with incentives and bonuses such as increasing density, relaxing height and setback restrictions andrelaxing parking restrictions, and allowing appropriate adaptive re-uses. In return for these incentives, the property owners would agree to retain and protect the listed properties.
  • Special treatment under the BC Building Code, which permits equivalencies to current building code provisions. The equivalencies allow property owners to upgrade older buildings without requiring strict code compliance, while not compromising safety standards.
  • Grants from the Kelowna Heritage Grants Program to help cover exterior restoration costs of listed buildings. Grants may be up to 50 per cent of the cost of restoration work done, to a maximum of $7,500.

 

Can listed buildings be altered or demolished?

Buildings listed in the Kelowna Heritage Register can be altered and may even be demolished. However, City Council may temporarily delay the issuance of a permit to alter or demolish a listed heritage building in order to allow time for other development options to be fully explored with the property owner, City staff and the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Inclusion of a property in a Heritage Register doesn’t constitute Heritage Designation or any other form of heritage protection. Furthermore, having a building included in the Heritage Register doesn’t restrict the existing development potential of a property. The property owner is entitled to redevelop the property in accordance with the permitted uses and density of the existing zone of that property.

How are buildings removed from or added to the Heritage Register?

Requests from property owners to add buildings to or remove buildings from the Kelowna Heritage Register are reviewed by City staff. The City’s Policy & Planning Department will compile background information on the subject building and an evaluation of the building’s architectural and cultural history, context and integrity will be conducted in open meeting with the Heritage Advisory Committee. This process follows the Kelowna Heritage Register Evaluation Criteria.

Following the evaluation, the Policy & Planning Department will forward a recommendation to City Council regarding the proposed addition or removal of the building to the Register. The property owners will be advised of Council’s decision.

The historic place is the single-storey stucco Murchison House, built in the Moderne style in 1939, located at 1781 Abbott Street in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood, and within the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area.

The Stone House is a one and one-half storey Craftsman bungalow distinguished by a side-gabled roof and a full-width open front verandah, located on a corner lot at Abbott Street and Riverside Avenue. The lot also contains an early garage, mature coniferous trees, foundation plantings and perennial beds. Located in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood, this house is part of a grouping of others of similar age, scale and style.

The historic place is the 1.5-storey stucco Capozzi House, built in 1928 in Vernacular Cottage style at 1842 Abbott Street in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood, and located within the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area; and also the detached Tudor Revival garage at the rear of the property.

The G.D. Loane House is a two-storey Streamline Moderne residence, notable for its smooth stucco exterior and rounded corners and windows. It is located mid-block on the west side of Abbott Street in an established residential enclave of Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood, close to the city centre.

The Treadgold House is a rustic one and one-half storey wood-frame cottage style house. It is located on a corner lot at the intersection of Abbott Street and Lake Avenue in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood.

The Cookson House is an attractive north-facing one and one-half storey Arts and Crafts cottage, with a well-landscaped yard. There is a double garage with a room above it, architecturally sympathetic in style and massing to the main house. It is located in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood and is similar to others in the area in size and scale.

The Fumerton House is a one and one-half storey wood-frame Storybook residence with stucco cladding. It is situated on a corner lot at the intersection of Abbott Street and Vimy Avenue in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood. Its scale and massing, and that of the newer double garage/guest house behind it, is compatible with that of the neighbourhood.

The historic place is the one-and-one-half storey shingle-and-stucco-sided Treadgold House, built in 1907 with subsequent additions, and located at 1931 Abbott Street in Kelowna's Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area in the South Central neighbourhood.

The McCulloch House is a stucco-clad, one and one-half storey wood-frame Arts and Crafts cottage, located in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood. Associated features on the property include mature trees and an early single detached garage in the back. The house is situated mid-block and is compatible in scale, style and massing with the other houses in the area.

The Murdoch House is a one and one-half storey Arts and Crafts residence, located on the east side of Abbott Street in Kelowna's historic Abbott Street neighbourhood, compatible in scale and massing with other residences in the area. The site is well landscaped with mature trees and shrubs.