The home referred to as Dr. Henderson's House was one of the first two homes completed in Powell River in 1911. The Powell River Company's architect at the time, Mr. Ingermann, had been asked to create a home worthy of a renowned physician.
The design was modelled after the Craftsman Style, a style which grew out of the Arts and Crafts Movement and complimented the Garden City approach then being established in Powell River. The interior of the home, however, was given a "no expense spared" treatment and featured such appointments as a circular staircase.
Dr. Henderson moved his practice from Minnesota to become Powell River's first practicing physician. Shortly after his arrival, an extension was added to the left side of his home to accommodate a waiting room and examination room. (The stairs leading to the waiting room are visible on the right side of the photo).
The home and property were given to Dr. Henderson as part of the Company's incentive plan and as such Dr. Henderson's home was the only private residence in the Powell River community.
Dr. Andrew Henderson’s extraordinary life, along with tidbits of Powell River history, are documented in a blog written by Kenneth McMillan.
Structures located on corner lots were given special attention to design, the criteria being the presence of two fronts. This feature allowed for two directions from which to orient the view. In this period the practice was described as Looking Two Ways.
Homes with an almost identical design to the street facing gabled structures took on a new aspect when the roof ridge was framed parallel to the street. This alteration to design provided a simple way to vary the appearance of the homes.
The most common house style in Powell River Townsite had a two pitch roof with the ridge beam perpendicular to the street. Triangular shaped roof brackets were more decorative than structural, giving the house a generally more robust appearance.
Company homes in Townsite rarely featured a second storey. Found almost exclusively on Cedar Street, two-
Another roof style used in Townsite dwellings was the square, pyramid shaped roof tapering upwards from the four corners. The small scale of this kind of house design was further enhanced by the refrained use of decorative elements such as roof brackets and add-
These luxurious Townsite homes were showcases of the Craftsman style. Unique to this area was the use of paint to highlight the detailed workmanship.
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