Nanaimo adds historic homes to heritage register

NANAIMO – City approves addition of four residences to Community Heritage Register.

Four historic Nanaimo homes have been added to the city’s official Community Heritage Register.

The Community Heritage Register is an official list of properties identified by the city as having heritage value.

Additions, which were approved by city council Nov. 23, include:

The Cowman Residence, built around 1918 at 150 Kennedy St., is listed as an example of an Edwardian era bungalow that represents superior design and construction typical of the neighbourhood. In the 1920s and ’30s, it was the manager’s house for Shelly Brothers/Canadian Bakeries Ltd. and home of Percy Cowman, the company’s bread and cakes manager, and his family.

The Pine Street Bungalow, 20 Pine St., built around 1918, is a good example of a Craftsman bungalow, with features typical of the style including long, low proportions, gable roof, narrow course siding, twin course shingles in the gable ends, and a small inset porch.

The Grieve Residence at 711 Wentworth St., was built about 1890 and is an example of a late Victorian cottage. It’s one of the oldest surviving historic buildings in the Wentworth Street area.

The Tuck Residence, 959 Wentworth St., built in 1936 is an example of an English cottage style popular in Nanaimo between the world wars.

The homes will also be added to those featured in this year’s Culture and Heritage Department Heritage Home Light Up, which is included in the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Christmas Residential Light Up.

Other heritage homes in this year’s heritage light up include the McCourt Residence, 750 Franklyn St.; Newbury Residence, 39 milton St.; Van Houten Resience, 184 Mt. Benson St.; Harrison Residence, 546 Prideaux St.; Jones Residence, 639 Prideaux St.; Newbury Farmhouse, 678 Second St.; Bird House, 461 Vancouver Ave.; Rowe Residence, 545 Haliburton St., and the Wells Residence at 904 Wentworth St.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday (Dec. 16).

For more information about the light up event, please visit the City of Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce website at

The heritage register lists more than 160 buildings, cemeteries and structures and can be viewed online at or order a paper copy through the Culture and Heritage Department. People can also submit nominations to for the register.

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