James D. Pettigrew House

Place Description

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.

Heritage Value

The Murdoch House is significant as a demonstration of Kelowna's first phase of residential expansion, and reflects the city's development as the population and economic base increased due to significant growth in the fruit industry. It was built circa 1913 for Ellis Murdoch, (1875-1950) and his wife Alice Kathleen Murdoch, who had just arrived in Kelowna to set up as orchardists.

The Murdoch House is valued as a local example of the influence of the Arts and Crafts style, popular in the period prior to the First World War. This house features a dominant cross-gabled roof, a projecting front bay window balanced by an inset corner verandah and typical wooden detailing.

Character Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Murdoch House include its:
- setting; with a compatible residential setback in an area of houses of similar style, age and scale;
- residential form, scale and massing as expressed by its one and one-half storey plus basement height and balanced, rectangular plan;
- cross-gabled roof with shed roof at front over bay and verandah;
- concrete foundation and wood-frame construction;
- Arts and Crafts details such as portions of original cedar shingle siding; half-width inset front verandah with shed roof, exposed beams and square verandah columns with triangular braces, and glazed front door with diamond-pane leaded window;
- elements of original cladding that may lie underneath the later stucco;
- asymmetrical fenestration; and
- mature garden setting.