A. Treadgold House

Place Description

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.

Heritage Value

Built in 1936, the Treadgold House is valued as an eclectic example of a rustic vernacular cottage. During the interwar period, romantic cottage dwellings were popular as a representation of traditional domestic ideals. This house is an example of the influence of the Storybook Cottage movement on residential designs between the two World Wars, as shown in its informal composition and rounded siding that recalls the appearance of traditional log construction.

Furthermore, the heritage value of this site is its historical association with local businessman and politician John (Jack) Treadgold, a Kelowna alderman between 1951 and 1963. He was co-proprietor with Arthur Treadgold of Treadgold Paint Supply. Businesses such as Treadgold's helped to establish Kelowna as an important regional service supply centre as the population and economic base increased.

Character Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Treadgold House include its:
- setting on a heavily-landscaped corner lot; slightly angled from the street;
- residential form, scale and massing as expressed by its one and one-half storey height, and regular rectangular plan with projecting front entry, semi-octagonal projection to the south, and rear lean-to extension;
- abundant landscaping;
- medium pitched side-gabled roof;
- rounded siding on most of exterior;
- new stonework in front and back;
- concrete foundation and wood-frame construction;
- exterior elements such as exposed purlin ends, projecting plain bargeboards, brick chimney and rounded profile cladding; and
- asymmetrical fenestration with multi-paned wooden-sash casement windows.