Burkeville

Via the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website (and this via Darren Barefoot), we learned about Burkeville, a small neighbourhood of Boeing company housing:

Burkeville was laid out and built by the federal government during the Second World War to provide 328 houses for workers employed at the Boeing Aircraft plant. It was named for Stanley Burke, president of Boeing. The streets are named after airplane manufacturers. The plain, no-frills dwellings came in several standard sizes. Most have been altered to fit the needs of two generations of residents. After the War, Boeing sold the houses to returning veterans. The tightly-knit community, already encircled by airport uses, is currently threatened by the intended further expansion of roads and runways.” Ironically, the “plain, no-frills dwellings” were designed by McCarter and Nairne, who gave us the Marine Building. The name of the development was chosen in a competition among Boeing employees.

In Port Moody, we also have some company housing remaining from the Ioco (or Imperial Oil Company) Townsite so learning of this other company neighbourhood is something up our alley.

A note on the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website and book’s author: on April 3, the Museum presented a talk by Chuck Davis, who thrilled the audience with stories and photographs of old-time Vancouver. Most astonishing was the first mechanized ambulance in the city. It ran over and killed an American tourist on its test run.

By Oana Capota

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