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Time Traveller: This is a 'kit house,' ordered from a catalogue and built in North Vancouver in 1908

The B.C. Mills House was moved to Lynn Valley and turned into a museum in 1998
BC Mills House

This photo shows the B.C. Mills House at its original location before it was renovated and became the B.C. Mills House Museum, located near the entrance of Lynn Valley Headwaters Regional Park.

Built in 1908 by Henry Pybus as a ho​me for his family, it was originally located on East First Street in Lower Lonsdale. Pybus purchased the “kit house” from the catalogue of the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company. It represents the first prefabricated house on the North Shore.

After many years of neglect, the building was slated to be torn down. Thanks to the efforts of Stella Jo Dean, a North Vancouver City councillor at the time, the house was saved and converted into a museum in 1998.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact:

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.