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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Burnaby > Picken Estate "Aintree"
Picken Estate "Aintree"
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created by HagensborgViking on 6/22/2004 4:56 AM
last modified by Bizz on 2/29/2012 9:44 AM
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Beautiful historical estate home on the shores of Brunette River, recently gutted by fire, now boarded up.

06/13/06 : restored.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: restored
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Cariboo Rd / Burnaby Lake
Burnaby, British Columbia
Owner: GVRD
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • extensive fire damage
  •  Interesting Features
    Overall style of construction is amazing, and although fire damage was extensive, much of the character both inside and out remains.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1927
    Closed: 2003
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Built in 1927 by Stanley and Isabel Picken as the Aintree Dog Kennels, the first kennel in BC to breed Irish Setters. Built in the traditional English cottage style using salvaged materials from the old Cariboo Road bridge, this extremely rare form of construction sits on expansive grounds which hug the Brunette River. Stanley Picken would ultimately find himself the dam keeper at the nearby dam which, although replaced in the 1950's, remains nearby.

    The Picken Estate was purchased by the Greater Vancouver Regional District in the late 90's with plans to make it the new main entrance to the park, using it as an interpetive center and public showplace. However, a massive fire of unknown origin gutted the stately home in 2003, and the GVRD hinted at demolishing the Burnaby landmark, which many residents refer to as "The Hobbit House".

    After public outcry and new cooperation from the GVRD's insurance company, plans were reached to completely restore Aintree at an estimated cost of $700,500.

    Work has not yet begun, however the restoration plans were recently approved by the City of Burnaby Herritage Commission, and all necessary building permits have been secured.

    *UPDATE : 06/13/06 : After three years of work at a cost of over a half a million dollars, the restoration project received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Heritage Society of BC. The restoration was led by architect Barry McGinn.

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     Future Plans
    Will be fully restored, designated a heritage building, and used as the main entrance in a redesigned Burnaby Lake Park.

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    Aintree Estate
    Tue, Jun 22nd, 2004
    posted by HagensborgViking
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    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 2/29/2012 12:09 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 29 12 at 12:09, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 29 12 at 9:44, Bizz changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Jul 18 06 at 0:52, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 14 06 at 8:03, :: inuk changed the following: History, Status, Media Coverage, Description
  • on Jan 5 06 at 20:23, oldtimer changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Media Coverage
  • on Aug 16 05 at 2:34, HagensborgViking made this location public
  • on Jul 22 04 at 4:19, HagensborgViking changed the main information
  • on Jun 22 04 at 5:42, HagensborgViking changed the main information
  • on Jun 22 04 at 5:38, HagensborgViking made this location available
  • on Jun 22 04 at 5:37, HagensborgViking updated a gallery picture
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