Metro Vancouver’s Glen Valley Park includes a designated heritage site, the circa 1917 Hassall Residence. The house was restored by Metro with help from the Langley Heritage Society and now serves as the park caretaker’s residence.
Born in Birmingham in 1886 and a veteran of the Boer and First World Wars, Jack Hassall and his wife, Christina, bought the house in 1918 before the interior of the home was finished. The land, located between the Canadian Northern railway tracks and the Fraser River, was acquired through the Soldier’s Settlement Board.
The riverboat ‘Skeena’ used to dock near the house at the foot of 272nd Street. On the Fraser River from 1914 to 1925 under the command of Captain Charles Seymour, the sternwheeler was the last passenger steamer to operate on the Fraser.
The house is also close to the popular fishing bar, ‘Two-Bit Bar’.
The Hassall House was the subject of a recent acrylic painting on canvas by gallery artist, Lyle Longstaff. Metro Vancouver Parks provide a wealth of painting material for Lyle and the other artists at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.
See more paintings by Lyle Longstaff by clicking here.