Floyd Partlo House - ca. 1930
5720 182nd Street, Surrey, BC.
Description of Historic Place:
The Floyd Partlo House is a one and one-half storey, stucco-clad, wood-frame residence with Period Revival detailing that provides an overall Storybook Cottage appearance. Set back on a sloped corner lot on the east side of 182 Street, it is located within a cluster of interwar suburban houses of a similar quality, age and scale in an area to the east of Cloverdale's town centre.
The Floyd Partlo House is valued as part of an enclave of suburban homes, built during the 1920s and 1930s in east Cloverdale. A number of the town's more prominent citizens relocated to this street, drawn to its semi-rural estate character. The development of a high quality subdivision, with many of the homes built during the time of the Great Depression, was an indication that the drop in the cost of labour and material after 1929 was a boon for those with financial resources.
Built during the 1930s, the Floyd Partlo House is valued as a good example of a picturesque, Period Revival cottage. The Storybook Cottage character of this house is exhibited primarily by its modest scale, stucco cladding and steeply pitched, irregular roofline, which consists of multiple, mixed height gables with rolled edges. The original roof covering was a steam-bent cedar shingle roof, reminiscent of the thatched roofs of rural English dwellings. It was built by local contractor, Percy Jones, who built many homes in Cloverdale in the 1920s and 1930s.
Also of note are the associations with the Partlo family. Floyd Sidney Partlo, the son of Chilliwack garage man Sidney C. Partlo, was married in 1924 to Marie Malcolm. Floyd Partlo was a partner in Mackie and Partlo Imperial Oil Distributors. During the 1920s and 1930s, Cloverdale was transformed from a small railway stop into an important transportation hub. A number of businesses such as Partlo's located in Cloverdale to provide services for the increasing vehicular traffic that passed through the area, reflecting the dramatic shift in transportation modes at the time.
Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of Surrey
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Floyd Partlo House include its:
- location amidst a grouping of high quality suburban houses of a similar age, scale and character
- form, scale and massing as expressed by its one and one-half storey height and regular, rectangular plan
- wood-frame construction with roughcast stucco cladding
- Period Revival features such as its steeply-pitched side gabled roof with front gabled projections, rolled eaves and round-arched porch opening
- additional exterior features such as its front shed roofed dormer, and central front entrance porch with poured concrete steps with splayed cheeks
- regular fenestration with single, double and triple-assembly three-pane wooden-sash casement windows, and corner curved glass block wall
- mature landscape elements and garden setting on a west-facing slope