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Array  VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIB RA RY
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o The British Columbia cMills,
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Head Office :    'Vancouver, Britisf) Columbia
DAILY   CAPACITY:
500,000 ft. Lumber
200,000 Shingles
600  Doors
100,000 lin. ft. Mouldings
And Other Products
BRANCHES:
Hastings Saw Mill, Vancouver
Moodyville Saw Mill, Burrard Inlet
Royal City Mills, Vancouver
Saw Mills, Planing Mills, Sash and Door
Factory and Plant for the Manufacture
of Ready-Made  Houses	
Royal  City  Mills,   New Westminster
Saw Mill, Planing Mill, Shingle Mill,
Sash  and  Door and   Box  Factory.
STEAMERS:    Active,  Etta  White, Comet,  Belle,  Firefly,  Eagle and  Dart    .    .
LOGGING  CAMPS:    Rock Bay (3),  Bear River, Salmon  River, Granite Point
414432 Entered according to Act of the 'Parliament of Canada,
in the year one thousand nine hundred and five, by the
^British Columbia SVlills, Timber & Trading Company,
at the ^Department of Agriculture.
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Evans Q Hastings, ^Printers, Ttancoavez, ©. C. —i
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INTRODUCTORY.
The British Columbia Mills, Timber & Trading- Company, in
presenting" this catalogue of their Patented Ready-Made Houses,
have taken the opportunity of including a few views, reproduced from
photographs secured of their various plants in active operation,
which will assist in demonstrating their ability to handle whatever
business may be entrusted to them in this particular line.
The Ready-Made Houses, designs of which are shown herein,
are constructed on entirely new principles, and have been exhaustively tested and clearly demonstrated to be absolutely effective in
all respects and are fully protected by patents.
The Company's aim has been to produce structures with a
view to permanency rather than those of the portable variety,
which are only suitable for temporary use and totally unfit to
withstand the rigors of a cold or changeable climate.
However, even in this respect the buildings can be taken
apart, if the necessity arises, with very little loss and re-erected
in other quarters.
They can be shipped in easily handled parts, put together
with the least amount of labor and in the minimum of time, and
when  completed, a thoroughly weatherproof,  convenient, inexpensive and handsome dwelling is secured.
Every detail of each design has been worked out with the
most painstaking exactitude, and the photo-engravings of houses
in the course of erection and in the completed state in this publication will show the entire success of the methods employed.
That these houses are often taken to be of the ordinary and
not of sectional construction is due to the fact that in carrying
out the sectional house principle it is cheaper to have all sections
of one size, while in this new system no effort is spared to maintain the artistic effect without regard to the number or variety of
the sections employed. This means extra expense in their manufacture, but it produces far more satisfactory results to the purchaser.
This feature of the Company's business has already achieved
a success which has exceeded all expectations, and many gratifying testimonials have been received from purchasers of houses.
It is still the intention to introduce new designs from time to
time as the trade demands, and the Company would appreciate
any suggestions of a practical nature in this direction. ■ ^  '
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Oi GENERAL INFORMATION
IN  CONNECTION  WITH THE MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION  AND  METHOD  OF
ORDERING OUR READY=MADE HOUSES
Material
All material used is specially selected, thoroughly seasoned
and subjected to the most rigid inspection.
Foundation and Steps
The cost of lumber for foundation and steps is not included
in the prices quoted, owing- to the .variation in the height of
the same, and to the fact that a number of buildings are
erected on stone, cement or brick foundations. We will be
pleased, however, to give an estimate of the cost of lumber
for this purpose, if furnished with the length of posts
required and the height from the ground to the sill, together
with the information as to whether the boarding- is to be
placed horizontally or perpendicularly, and if the sweep or
concave effect is desired. With boarding placed horizontally,
band-sawn pieces are necessary for supports, and the cost of
this method is therefore considerably greater than if same is
perpendicular. The space under the house can be utilized to
good advantage if the foundation is made of sufficient height.
In connection with the foundation, it might be mentioned that,
in the " Settlers' Series," cedar blocks 6"X6"X18" are included
in the price quoted, and, when laid on their flat and leveled,
make a good support for the sills, and avoids the extra expense
for a foundation, such as shown in these designs.
Sills
These are fitted and numbered.
Inside Studding, Flooring and Ceiling Joists,
Plates, Rafters, etc.
Are cut to the correct lengths from patterns, and, where
necessary, are marked so as to prevent the possibility of any
mistake being made in assembling them in their respective
places. They are put up in convenient bundles and stamped
with their house number, so that in the event of there being
a variety of designs in one shipment, no confusion can occur.
Roofing and Underflooring Boards
These are not cut to any particular length, owing to the
small space between the joists and rafters, but a sufficient
amount is supplied to cover the surface.
Flooring and Ceiling
Are also supplied in the same manner as the roofing.
Finish
All lumber and factory work for the interior and exterior finish
necessary for the completion of these dwellings is included, with
the exception of the foundation and steps already mentioned.
Shingles
No.  1  Cedar Shingles only are furnished.
Windows
Are glazed and the sashes numbered and fitted in their frames
before packing:. Doors
All outside doors are fitted and have their locks and hinges
in place. The frames for the inside doors being shipped in
the knock-down, these doors cannot be fitted, but all hinges
and locks are included in the box of hardware which goes
with each design.
Sections, Numbering and Painting
These comprise the outer walls of the houses, and, in the "Town
House Series," are composed of two outer thicknesses of lumber
with tar-paper between the courses, and are lined on the inside
of the section studs with another course of lumber to receive a
lath and plaster or a cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish, while the
sections of the " Settlers' Series " are double-boarded on the
outside and inside, and have tar-paper between the courses on
the outside covering, and building-paper between the courses of
the inside covering, thus completing the section without further
finish. They are thoroughly tested in order to ascertain that all
parts are complete and accurately fitted; this applies particularly
to the interlocking joints, which are a feature peculiar to this
system. They are then placed in their respective positions on
the sills, and when the last or locking section is in position the
walls support themselves. The sections are then numbered on
the inside and corresponding numbers stamped on the place
occupied by them on the sill. While this work is in progress,
the outside walls of the- "Town House" are receiving a first-class
priming coat of paint; but in the "School-House" and "Settlers
Series," the sections belonging thereto are painted on both sides
of the wall, and when thoroughly dry are then ready for shipment.
In the "School House" and in the "C" and "D" designs of
the "Settlers' Series" the partitions are made in the form of
sections, which, in each instance, receive a priming coat of paint.
Chimneys
With the exception of the iron chimneys shown in the cuts of the
"Settlers' Series," chimneys are not supplied, as where a brick
chimney is wanted bricks can be procured at a lower cost than
the freight would amount to if shipped a long distance.
Hardware
All hardware, such as hmges, locks, bolts, washers and screws*
is included in the box of supplies mentioned in the tally-sheet.
Nails for the roofing, shingles, flooring, finishing, etc., are not included for the same reason as given in connection with chimneys.
Cheese=Cloth and Wail=Paper Finish
If this style of finish is adopted credit is given for the lath, and
the difference in the cost of material required to cover the inside
walls (partitions) and ceilings is shown as an extra in the published
prices in connection with each design. It should be remembered,
however, that the cheese-cloth should be tacked on to the walls and
not pasted to them ; the paper only is pasted to the cheese-cloth.
V=Joint Finish
Should it be desired to finish with this class of material, the cost
of the lath and wainscotting is deducted, and the difference is
shown as an extra in the same manner as mentioned above.
Paper
Is only furnished in the manufactured sections, and not for
double floor nor for under the shingles.
Sash Balances
Specially constructed sash balances, permitting both bottom and
top sash to be raised or lowered and left in any desired position,
are placed in the frames and ready for attaching to the sash at
an extra cost, per set (4 for each pair of sash), of §2 50
Tools
Only such as are in common use are required.
Tally-Sheet
A printed tally-sheet is shown in the working plan, describing-
minutely the disposition of each item and enabling the purchaser to check and place his material in the most convenient
manner for purposes of erection. ^
Floor Plans
Realizing- the difficulty of devising a plan of rooms that would
meet with general acceptance, we have suggested an arrangement in the designs shown in this catalogue, for which ample
material is furnished, that will permit of minor changes being
made by the intending; purchaser without creating" extra expense. Such chang"es, however, if increasing the number of
doors, windows or other material, would of necessity be an
addition to our published price. On the other hand, if the
contemplated changes call for reduced quantities, we will be
pleased to allow a credit for the same. Should these suggestions be followed, we would require a pencil sketch showing
the proposed alterations, so as to determine whether the cost
would be increased or otherwise, and, in the event of purchase, where to locate the windows and outside doors if the
changes affected their situation. It must be mentioned in
this connection that in the designs where rooms are provided
on the upper floor space, that no change can be made in the
situation of the stairs, owing- to the fact that they are built
expressly for the location shown in the plans. The "Settlers'
Series" and "School House Series "have inside partitions made
on the sectional principle, while with the "Town House Series,"
studding; is provided as in those of ordinary construction.
Working Plan
An illustrated working or key plan is furnished with each
design purchased, and enables anyone having an ordinary
knowledge of tools to erect these buildings without difficulty.
Labor
Two men should be able to enclose these buildings in from
one to four days, according to the size of the  plan adopted.
Designs
Additional sections may be arranged for in order to increase
the length of any of these buildings, and prices for such
additions may be obtained on application. Alterations affecting the height or width cannot be made, as these would
require an unlimited increase in the stocks carried; but we
shall be pleased to give an estimate on the cost of any design
embodying our principles of construction, provided the business offered is in sufficient quantity.
Ordering
Intending purchasers living in Manitoba or the North-West
Territories may obtain these houses through the dealers in
their respective districts ; this will be found advantageous, on
account of the space occupied by the different designs, vary
ing from one to six houses per car.
Addresses
The houses shown in this catalogue are carried in stock at
our Royal City Planing Mills Branch in Vancouver, and all
orders or communications regarding them should be addressed:
ROYAL CITY PLANING MILLS BRANCH,
BOX 740, VANCOUVER, B. C.
Or
THE B. C. MILLS, TIMBER & TRADING CO.,
BOX 235, WINNIPEG, MAN. 1 "1
The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co.,
Head Office:    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Designs of Ready*Made Houses
Showing .. ..
Elevations and Floor Plans SETTLERS' SERIES READY-MADE HOUSES.
Designs "A," "B," "C," and "D.
This series of our houses has been designed with a
view of meeting the requirements of the incoming' settler
or miner, during1 the early days of his career in a new
country, with a small and inexpensive dwellingf which is
capable of withstanding the various changes of climate.
These structures have not only been sold to settlers
in various parts of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, but many have been erected by artisans in the
cities, and where a neat, durable and cheap cottage is
required, they will be found all that can be desired.
A few of the many advantages that may be claimed
for this new system of house-building, particularly as
applied to the "Settlers' Series," may be enumerated as
follows :—Cheapness, combined with high-class material
and workmanship; the saving of time effected in erection;
and the convenience with which the structure is prepared
for transportation. This latter feature will be more fully
appreciated when the location of the home is a long
distance from the distributing point.
By following the very definite instructions given in
the working plans of our designs which are furnished to
the purchaser, anyone possessing a knowledge of the use
of common tools will be able to put one of these buildings
together and have it ready for occupation within from
one to six days, according to size.
The prices quoted for these structures do not include
the cost of ceilings, for the reason that as this class of
dwelling is usually erected in the spring of the year, we
have thought it advisable to allow free access between
the ceiling joists and the roof for storing purposes.
Should, however, it be desired to have material on hand
to close in the ceilings in the fall of the year, we furnish
V-joint matched to correspond with the walls, at the
cost mentioned on page following Design "D."
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Design "A," 12'xl2'—One Room.
Design " B," l^x 16'—One Room.
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Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
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Design "C," 12'x20'—Two Rooms.
Design "D," 16'x20'—Three Rooms.
DESIGN     C"
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C,
EXTRAS.
1 by 3 V-Joint matched material for ceiling
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
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Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,... .$1;
EXTRAS.
1 by 3 V-joint matched material for ceiling. ...  $    5 00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of  8 50
Scaffolding—Extra         3 00
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Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,... .$200 00
EXTRAS.
1 by 3 V-joint matched material for ceiling. ...  $    8 00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
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Design "H"      M 6"x29'
Having received numerous enquiries for a cottage
which would present an artistic appearance and be suited
to the requirements of the towns in the West, while being
moderate in price, we have prepared amongst others this
town cottage, known as design " H." This dwelling
contains four rooms and pantry, with a vestibule forming part of the hall, which affords protection in case of
severe weather.
The verandah in front, with roof supported by turned
columns, and the dormer window above give a pleasing
effect and makes the house an ornament wherever placed,
and the width of the building permits of its being erected
on a 25-foot lot.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of " General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $400-00
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer, he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil
ings, which will permit of their receiving a       'J '?0
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ '14 00
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.   This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-   J-1 i 6 O
paper for the ceilings     ■   10 00
3. Lined  throughout with 1 by 3 V-joint  fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint.     If this course is adopted we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls,  so  as  to  secure  the  extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with    • o ' oO
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper   ■ 10 00*
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of       25 00
Scaffolding—Extra         5 00 wr^m
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Design "J"      2I/6"x37/
This is one of our most popular designs, and is
intended to occupy a 25-foot lot. Particular attention is
called to the general artistic appearance of the exterior,
which is largely due to its admirable proportions and the
pleasing effect created by the verandah being built across
the entire front of the house, which is supported by
groups of columns, having as their base an exceedingly
handsome breastwork. The interior arrangements have
been designed with a view to meet the requirements of
a family who prefer compactness and convenience rather
than large rooms, necessitating extra expenditure for
furnishing and heating.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of " General Information."
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Price, f.o.b., Vancouver, B. C, $500 00-
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shipjap for inside walls (partitions) and ceilings, which will permit of their receiving a      ?~ / ■
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 2e—tt©
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.   This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-      3 & ' & b'
paper for the ceilings   $ 80 00
3. Lined throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls,  so  as  to  secure  the extra
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warmth attained by finishing the walls with       ' "
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper    "70 00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
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A successful effort has been made in this design to
provide extra accommodation without the necessity of
increasing the width of the house, and admits of the
structure being placed on a 25-foot lot. Our suggestive
plan shows that a large number of rooms may be obtained,
including no less than four bed-rooms, with parlor, living-
room and kitchen. This has been accomplished without any detraction from the general appearance of the
structure, and the design can be confidently recommended
to any man with a family who desires a comfortable and
inexpensive home.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information." ^&rA   /i-rt
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $650 00"
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil- •
ings, which will permit of their receiving a    ""   i '
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ '80 50"
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.    This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-       JfH 'S iT
paper for the ceilings   $ 43 50
3. Lined  throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls,  so  as  to  secure   the extra
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either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper    ' 02 00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of       50 00
Scaffolding—Extra         6 50
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Design "K"- -20'x25' 6"
A small cottage suitable for erection on a 25-foot
lot. It has a bay window, which adds materially to its
appearance, a small hall, three other rooms and a pantry.
The size and cost do not adequately convey any idea of
the value of this house. To anyone requiring a small
dwelling a slight study of this plan will convince them of
the advantage of this design.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information."
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Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $350 00
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil- /
ings, which will permit of their receiving a      / »* / »
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   &'•
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-ioint fir for ceiling's.   This method *
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-     rv '  J »
paper for the ceilings   $ '16 56"
3. Lined  throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied ' with
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with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
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Design 11      20x33'6"
A suitable cottage for a 25-foot lot, containing hall,
five rooms and pantry.
This dwelling has a shapely bay window in the
front, and entrance is from a neat porch inio a small hall,
which acts as a vestibule in severe weather. Special
care has been taken in the construction of the bay window
to provide it with the same weather-resisting qualities for
which all our houses are noted.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of " General Information." 69 J * j^tj
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C,  .. .$450 00
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceilings, which will permit of their receiving a      ^ i>S 0
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 20 00'
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings..  This method       <  .   q . f
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wallpaper for the ceilings   $'26 OrT
3. Lined  throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish, or
paint.    If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside  walls,   so   as   to   secure   the  extra      (p 9   "s    /*
warmth attained bv finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper      82 50
Storm Sash -When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at, an extra
cost of        35 00
Scaffolding    Extra         5 50 «,!
a; l TOWN HOUSE SERIES READY-MADE HOUSES.
Design "LL"      20'x33'6"
For compactness and convenience this design has
attracted a great deal of attention.
The verandah effect and entrance to the house is
created by a recess at the side adjoining the bay.
The ground-floor arrangement provides for a hall,
parlor, dining-room, kitchen, pantry and bath-room.
The parlor and dining-room are connected by an
archway.
On the upper floor three bed-rooms are provided.
A dormer window is placed on each side of the roof,
one to light the stairway and the other the middle bedroom.
Another important feature connected with this dwelling is the fact that its width permits of its being erected
on a 25-foot lot.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information." -
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, . ..,$650 ee"
^If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer, he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces
of his inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra
cost, in either of the following' methods :—
fcJT
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil-
ings, which will permit of their receiving a
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $3
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.   This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-   ^**' ^ *
paper for the ceilings	
3. Lined  throughout  with   1 by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil, and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of 	
Scaffolding—Extra	
■ 80 00*
47 50
6 00  TOWN HOUSE SERIES READY-MADE HOUSES.
Design "LLL"
An excellent home, suitable for a 25-foot lot.
Particular attention has been given to securing in this
design the maximum amount of space at the minimum
of expense.
The rooms are a good size and well lighted. The
exterior of the house has a most pleasing effect, which is
obtained by the use of simple detail. The parlor and
dining-room are connected by a large opening. A stairway leads from the dining-room to the second floor, which
contains three bed-rooms and a bath-room, and together
with a bed-room down stairs, makes a house suitable for
a fair sized family.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of "General Information."       v a j <■ j-q
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $700 00
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil-
irigs, which will permit of their receiving a      •   • 'iTb
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 45 (ID
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.   This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-     / *"'
paper for ceilings   $-00 00
3. Lined throughout with 1 by 3, V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint.     If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
the outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with      I 3 y' ' o
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper    ]1" 00"
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and have moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold them in place, at an
extra cost of	
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Design "M"      24'x29'6"
This is a good roomy cottage, containing parlor,
kitchen, pantry and two bed-rooms, with hall and
vestibule. It is designed for erection in places where the
size of the lot is not limited to 25 feet. Where a neat,
attractive and comfortable home is desired at a moderate
expense, this design will be found to fully meet all
requirements.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of " General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,..
£.9 M «t>
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceilings, which will permit of their receiving a     2. 6 ' U~Q
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ £2 00
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.   This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-       3& • a J *™
paper for the ceilings   $ 2S
3. Lined throughout with 1 by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this method is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth.attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
Scaffolding—Extra	
32 50
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Design "MM"--24'x33'6"
In this design arrangements have been made to
provide for a second floor containing two bed-rooms and
a large bath-room. These provisions make this one of
the most desirable cottages for town use, and while the
provisions above referred to have necessitated an alteration in the general roof design of our houses, it will be
found that the attractive appearance is still maintained.
The width of this structure would require a lot of greater
width than 25 feet to accommodate it.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,... $675 00-
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceilings, which will permit of their receiving a       i??*' »   "
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 80 OCT
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.    This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-       & J - SO
paper for the ceilings   $ 44 OlT*
3. Lined  throughout with  1 by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
. glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
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Design "MMM
In this dwelling we have a modern house, with
seven rooms, as well as bath-room, pantry and hall, its
strong, compact style being especially noteworthy.
The porch and bay window effect makes a very
attractive front, while two large dormer windows on each
side of the building add most materially to the general
appearance of the structure. The first floor contains a
dining-room, parlor (these are connected by a large opening), kitchen, one bed-room and pantry. The second floor
has three good sized bed-rooms and a bath-room opening
on to a commodious landing.
A lot of greater width than 25 feet will be required
to accommodate this design, but it is admirably adapted
for erection on one of 33 feet or wider, for which
purpose it has been particularly designed.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of " General Information."        <?7, f\   ,r~.\
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $7tr0 00
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following' methods:—
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil
ings, which will permit of their receiving a      » • '<*  *
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $' 48 00
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.    This method      —-     i   y
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-
sper
paper for the ceiling's.
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3. Lined throughout with 1 by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
the outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and have moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold them in place, at an
extra cost of	
Scaffolding—Extra	
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A cottage which provides a large amount of accommodation. Owing to its width of 28 feet, it would
require a 33-foot lot to properly accommodate it. Every
care has been taken to provide the maximum of comfort
and convenience, and special attention is directed to the
second floor plan, which provides for two bed-rooms of a
good size without interference with our special style of
construction. The light for these rooms is secured bv
large dormer windows placed at each end. They are
carefully designed to be in keeping with the pitch of the
roof, and add most materially to the attractive appearance
of the structure.
It will also be noted that, if desired, the parlor and
dining-room can be made into one room, and that if a
cellar is required, the entrance to same can be obtained
below the main stairway, and convenient to the kitchen.
This structure contains seven rooms, besides hall,
vestibule, pantry and bath-room.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information." Cj ^* ^v»
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C,  .. r$700 00 ■
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil
ings, which will permit of their receiving a      j—i^.oO
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 50 vu
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.    This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wall-     ' /'
paper for the ceilings    '  02 50 .
3. Lined throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of       52 50
Scaffolding    Extra         6 50
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Design "OO"
This dwelling is an enlargement of our "O" design,
and contains a number of interesting features. From
the cosy den and hall the stairway ascends directly to
the second floor, opening on to a large and well lighted
landing. A large sewing-room located in the spacious
dormer, three bed-rooms, closets and bath-room occupy
the balance of the second story floor space. The dining-
room and parlor on the first floor, like our other designs,
are joined by a large opening, which adds to the attractiveness of the general arrangement. While in appearance
it is unpretentious, yet it is a thoroughly practical plan
and a style of structure that is always in demand.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of "General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,.
$760 00-
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
1.  Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceilings, which will permit of their receiving a      i 2 'J""£
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ 54^01T
Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.    This method
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saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wallpaper for ceilings $    72 00
3. Lined throughout with 1 by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
the outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with / i
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper    13u  00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and have moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold them in place, at an
extra cost of	
Scaffolding—Extra
70 00
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TSff TOWN HOUSE SERIES READY-MADE HOUSES.
Design "OOO'
In this, our largest design, we have an attractive
two-story dwelling provided with spacious rooms. Care
has been taken to see that they open out into the halls,
a very important detail in a house of this size. By
having a large opening between the dining-room and
parlor we have conformed to the modern idea of comfort
and convenience. The second floor is reached by a neat
stairway starting from the further end of the hall and
leading to a good sized landing, which is provided with
ample light from the dormer window. Four large bedrooms, bath-room and closets comprise the second floor.
Special attention has been given to the location of the
bath-room, which is situated directly over the kitchen and
obviates the necessity for extra expense in plumbing
connections.
The. doorway between the pantry and dining-room
is also a convenient feature.
Special attention might be directed to the strength
and solidity of this design, making it most suitable for a
permanent home.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of "General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,.,
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :—
96~£. (TO
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil
ings, which will permit of their receiving a
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings. This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wallpaper for ceilings	
3. Lined throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
the outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and have moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold them in place, at an
extra cost of	
Scaffolding—Extra	
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Design llll    28'x4f
The many requests we have had for a structure
similar in appearance to that of design "J," but giving
more accommodation in the ground-floor arrangement,
as well as being provided with rooms in the upper-floor
space, has decided us in introducing this plan.
The interior is so arranged that should a basement
be provided, access to it can be obtained by stairs running
below the main stairway.
The ground-floor is composed of a vestibule, hall,
parlor, dining-room, kitchen, pantry, bath-room and two
closets, while the upper-floor is provided with two large
bed-rooms, closet and store-room.
For particulars as to construction, etc., see notes
under head of "General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $735-00-
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods:—
fa-It'
•QX 00   '
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil
ings, which will permit of their receiving a      < &', ^S
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings. This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wallpaper for the ceilings	
3. Lined throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of	
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This structure is the same size as design " P," with
the exception that the roof is carried forward to form a
gable at both ends, and thus provides additional room in
the upper floor space.
The verandah, which extends across the entire front
of the building, is supported by heavy columns and a
handsome bandsawn balustrade.
A leading feature is the convenience provided by the
arrangement of halls, which permits of free access to all
the rooms.
The stairway leads from the reception hall direct to
the second floor, and, taken altogether, we consider the
interior arrangements of this house are most admirable.
For further particulars as to construction, etc., see
notes under head of " General Information."
Price, f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C.,.
Jro .(To
If the purchaser is unable to secure the services of a
plasterer he may cover his ceilings and the surfaces of his
inside walls (partitions) with lumber, at an extra cost, in
either of the following methods :
1. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) and ceil- _   /»
ings, which will permit of their receiving a
cheese-cloth and wall-paper finish   $ o« UO
2. Shiplap for inside walls (partitions) only, and
1 by 3 V-joint fir for ceilings.' This method
saves the expense of cheese-cloth and wallpaper for ceilings	
3. Lined  throughout with  1  by 3 V-joint fir,
which can be finished with oil, varnish or
paint. If this course is adopted, we would
recommend that common building-paper be
placed under the V-joint on the lining of
the outside walls, so as to secure the extra
warmth attained by finishing the walls with
either plaster or cheese-cloth and wall-paper
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Storm Sash When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of oil and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and have moulded side-strips
with buttons to hold them in place, at an
extra cost of       68 00
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With Tower
Without Tower   -
24x44'
24'x36'
This design is shown as having a tower, and provides a class-room 23' 9" by 27', two cloak-rooms, each
7' 10" by 11' 9", a tower occupying a ground-floor space
8' by 8', and two porches 8' square.
The building can also be utilized in sparsely settled
districts as a municipal hall, or even for church purposes,
and may be furnished without the tower and porches,
when it would appear as the school house built for the
British Columbia Government, which is shown as the
center-piece in one of the groups of photo-engravings of
Ready-Made Houses contained in this publication.
The walls are 10' 6" high and are lined on the inside
with matched V-joint, and the partitions for cloak-rooms
are furnished in sections, so that the building can be
erected in a very short time. Transoms for ventilation
purposes are provided for all the windows, and the necessary black-boards for school purposes are supplied.
For particulars as to construction,  etc., see notes
under head of "General Information."
Tlru. <TV
Price, with Tower, etc., f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C, $700 00
Price, without Tower, etc., f.o.b. Vancouver, B. C,.. 550 -00
Storm Sash—When desired, we furnish all
windows with numbered storm sash, which
are given a priming coat of paint and
glazed, rabbeted, fitted, supplied with
ventilators, and having moulded side strips
with buttons to hold in place, at an extra
cost of   $ 52 50
Scaffolding—
Building, with tower, extra  7 00
Building, without tower, extra         6 00
Water Closets—
Boys', extra       66 00
Girls', extra       62 00 The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co.,
Head Office:    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Testimonials
Concerning our ....
Patented Ready=Made Houses  TESTIMONIALS CONCERNING OUR READY-MADE HOUSES.
Messrs.
. C. Mills, T. & T. Co.,
City.
Vancouver, B. C, February 2,1904.
City Hall,
Building Inspector's Office.
Gentlemen:—
I have much pleasure in certifying that I have inspected the Patent System of constructing knock-down houses manufactured by your Company, and
was much impressed with the methods employed to secure stability, the protection afforded in a cold climate, and the ease with which the same can be
erected.
The sections and their lock joints particularly attracted my attention,
and feel assured that this innovation will solve the difficulty experienced in
the past in this class of building.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       GEO. McSPADDEN,
Building Inspector.
Vancouver, B. C, October 8, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Since coming to this city I have heard several parties commenting on
your houses, and as I understand I had the first of these houses to be shipped
out of Vancouver, it occurs to me that it might be of interest to you to know
how we got along.
In the first place let me say that the house came to hand in good condition, nothing injured or lost, notwithstanding the fact that it had to be transshipped from car to barge before being landed at Peachland, B. C, where
it was erected. The tally-sheet was absolutely correct, and the parts checked
out. The sections went together and fitted like a glove. Then men set up
the sections in an afternoon. Any kind of a carpenter should be able to set
up one of these houses; there seems to be no trouble whatever putting them
together with the parts all numbered as they are. In looking over the Company's exhibit at New Westminster I am more convinced than ever of the
practicability of these houses, and expect to handle a number of them next
season.
In conclusion, I would say that I consider your design "M" a better
house, better built, and with much better material used in its construction
than I could have procured, without at least an extra expendiure of 30 per
cent., if the house had been built in the ordinary way.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       W. A. LANG.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 29, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Dear Sirs :—
I am now occupying one of the Ready-made Houses manufactured by
your Company, and I can say I am well pleased with same. The sections
fitted well, and construction of the house was very quick. It is a fine, good-
looking house, both inside and outside, and, above all, it is quite warm and
comfortable and keeps out the cold well. I am safe to say this house cost me
a great deal less and is a better house than if I purchased in the ordinary way.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       PETER HALARCWICH,
Cor. Salter and Aberdeen Sts.,
Winnipeg, Man.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 29, 1904.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Regarding the Ready-made Houses which I purchased from your Company, I may say I have erected four of these in the North End of the City
and I am very well satisfied indeed. In all my experience in house building
I have never had so little trouble as I experienced in the erection of these
four houses, and at such little expense. My tenants are all satisfied with the
houses and think them perfect gems. The quickness of erection, and their
being from 30 per cent, to 40 per cent, cheaper than those built in the ordinary manner, should recommend them to prospective purchasers.   While I am TESTIMONIALS—continued.
perfectly satisfied, after a careful examination of their construction, that they
will prove successful in withstanding our cold winters, still, as the weather
has not been severe enough to test them, I prefer deferring any comments in
this direction until about January, when I shall be pleased to advise you of
the results.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       J. NOWAKOWSKI,
Cor. of Atkins and Pritchard Sts.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 29, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Regarding the Ready-made House which I am living in that was purchased from your Company, I beg to say that I am very well satisfied indeed
with the results obtained therefrom, and its many advantages appeal strongly
to me, particularly the lessened cost over ordinary house building, the rapidity
of construction, and last, but by no means least in this cold climate, I have
great praise for its warmth-retaining qualities.
Wishing you every success in your industry, I remain.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       B. J. DESMOND,
511 Maryland St.,
Winnipeg,
806 Union Bank Building,
Winnipeg, Nov. 30rti, 1904.
B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
I am pleased to inform you that I have just completed one of those ready-
made houses you manufacture. The "J" Cottage I bought from you is very
artistic, and is one of the handsomest cottages in Winnipeg. It is greatly admired from the outside, and visitors are much surprised at the number of nice,
cosy rooms it contains. It seems to be air-tight, every joint is so completely
fitted. I intend to build a number of these cottages next spring. I like the
"J" and "P" styles very much.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       J. A. CHRISTIE.
Winnipeg, Dec. 22, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Dear Siks :—
Referring to the Ready-made Houses which I am occupying, and which
was manufactured by your Company, I am glad to say that this house has
given me great satisfaction. It is well finished, both inside and outside, and
the house is very warm and comfortable, which is a most important feature
of house building, and I am convinced of the practicability of this method of
house construction.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       THOMAS J. COLLINS,
Cor. Manitoba and Salter Sts.
Winnipeg, Man., Dec. 26, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Dear Sirs:—
With reference to the Ready-made House which I purchased from your
Company, and which I am now occupying, I may say I am greatly pleased
with this house. The sections all fitted, and the house went together with
great ease, and very rapidly. The house presents a very artistic appearance,
and is very warm and comfortable. The lumber used in this house is of the
very best quality, and altogether the house is a very much better one, and a
great deal cheaper, than if I had built the house in the ordinary way.
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)
A. F. TALLIS,
Elgin St.
Winnipeg, Man., Dec. 30, 1904.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Dear Sirs :—
With reference to the Ready-made House manufactured by your Company, in which I am now living, would say that at first I thought, as many
still think, that these houses would not be warm enough for this extremely
cold climate, but I am now convinced that they are.   We have had some very TESTIMONIALS—continued.
cold weather, and the house has been quite warm. It presents a very fine appearance, and I may say that I am quite satisfied with it in every way, and
I am sure your Houses will prove a great success.
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)       A. M. ROBINSON,
Resident.
Vancouver, B. C, Jan. 3, 1905.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber &• Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Having just completed one of your Ready-made Houses, design "J," which
I bought recently, I have much pleasure in stating my entire satisfaction
therewith. As a practical carpenter, I consider the fact that all material is
thoroughly seasoned of special merit, thereby avoiding open joints, settlements, shrinkage and consequent cracking of plaster. Another very important consideration which should commend itself to the buyer is that instead
of months of waiting, as usually occurs under ordinary construction, it is
only a question of days with the "Ready-made."
Wishing the Company every success in this new enterprise, I am,
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       J. M. PAUL,
5th Avenue,
Near corner of Pine St.
Winnipeg, Man,, January 12, 1905.
The B. C. Mills, Timber &r Trading Co.,
Dear Sirs:—
Regarding the Ready-made House which I am occupying, and which was
manufactured by your Company, I beg to say that it is most satisfactory in
every respect. When erected it presents a very attractive appearance, both inside and outside. I may say also that we have experienced some very cold
weather, and at all times the house has been warm and comfortable. I am
now convinced that houses built in this way are a great success.
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)       CHAS. BRIDGES,
Aberdeen St.
Port Essington, B. C, January 11, 1905.
To the Royal City Planing Mill Branch of
The B. C. M., T. & T. Company,
Vancouver, B. C.
E. C. Mahony, Esq., Manager.
Dear Sir:—
I am instructed by the Board of Trustees of Port Essington Public
School to inform you of their visit to the new School at Port Essington,
Knock-down style, and to express to you the Board's united approval of the
way in which the work has been done by Messrs. Crummer & Kent, and
further to say that they, the Board, are of the opinion that the building not
only reflects great credit on Messrs. Crummer & Kent, who did the work,
but also on the above firm, who supplied the material.
I beg to remain,
Yours obediently,
(Sgd.)       H.   E.  KIRBY,
Sec. and Treasurer.
(Sgd.)       JOHN   CUNNINGHAM.
(Sgd.)       G. FRIZZELL.
Winnipeg, Man., January 14, 1905.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Dear Sirs :—
Referring to my purchase of Ready-made Houses manufactured and sold
by your Company, I cannot let pass this opportunity without expressing ray
entire satisfaction with the houses. Not only have I been personally pleased
with the manner in which your Company treats their customers and conducts
their business, but the members of my Parish who are occupying the houses
are equally well pleased with the houses themselves. In the pursuit of my
Pastoral duties I naturally have occasion to visit the homes of my Parishioners, and share in the comforts of their homes. Since purchasing the
Ready-made Houses from your Company I have naturally taken even more
careful interest in their home comfort, and by close enquiry I find that without exception they are entirely satisfied with their houses. It has been a matter of some surprise and intense gratification to me to find that these houses
are perfectly warm and comfortable, notwithstanding we have had some ex- TESTIMONIALS—continued.
tremely cold weather, and I find that they are absolutely free from annoying
drafts, and with only ordinary care as to foundation, storm doors and sash,
the houses are rendered much warmer than the average house built in the
usual quick, contractor style. The convenient and simple method of construction was a feature which pleased me very much, for instead of being worried
and delayed with several contractors doing separate pieces of work, the whole
structure was erected and finished in a surprisingly short time. I may also
add that the quality of the material used is in every particular equal to that
which you represent it to be. The houses also present' a very artistic and
pleasing appearance, and those that have been erected in my parish add much
to the general appearance of the district. In concluding, I may say that for
comfort, appearance and general satisfaction your Ready-made Houses furnish every requirement, and have exceeded my highest expectations, and I am
confident that they will prove a great success.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.) REV. A. KULAWY,
Pastor of the Holy Ghost Church,
Winnipeg.
Note.—This purchase of 17 structures includes the 5 houses shown at the
Dominion Exhibition.
ton, Hawks Avenue, both of which are in the city, and was also employed in the preparation of your exhibit of 3 houses at the recent exhibition held in New Westminster. We therefore feel that with the experience
gained during the period mentioned in this new system of house building that
we are in a position to discuss the subject intelligently, and may frankly state
that we did not wish to commit ourselves to an expression of opinion until
such time as we had thoroughly tested this innovation. What appeals to the
builder or contractor most in this new system of construction is the ease and
time saved in the erection of these buildings, enabling him to so arrange his
work that in the event of his having several houses under construction at
once no time need be lost during weather unsuitable for outside labor. Heretofore our operations in this connection, as already stated, have been confined solely to the erection of these buildings for parties purchasing direct
from your Company. We are now prepared, if satisfactory terms can be
made, to enter into arrangements with you to purchase these structures in the
knock-down and erect them on our own account.
Wishing you every success in this new departure, we are.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)        CRUMMER & KENT, .
Contractors.
City.
Messt
B.
C. M.
Roy
Vancouver, B. C, January 16, 1905.
T. & T. Co.,
al City Planing Mills Branch,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Referring to your request that we advise you as to the success or otherwise experienced during the past three months in the erection of your patented
Ready-made Houses, we may say that we have entered into the following
contracts with purchasers of your structures for their erection only:
A. Russell—Design "K"—Grand View.
J. J. Hanna (of Center & -Hanna)—Design "J"—Comox St.
"        "L"—Lansdowne Ave., Mt.
Pleasant.
These buildings are all situated in the City of Vancouver.
The British Columbia Department of Education—A School Building for
Port Essington.   This building was erected about 550 miles north of
here, and near the boundary of Alaska.
Our Mr.  Crummer was engaged in the erection of one of your "M"
designs for Mr. A. Luke, Grand View, as well as a building for Mr. S. Brere-
Winnipeg, Man., January 16, 1905.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
In reference to my letter of November last, I feel that I am now in a
position to definitely state that your houses are sufficiently well manufactured
and warm enough to withstand even our Manitoba winters. We have had
some very cold weather, but my tenants assure me that they are perfectly
warm and comfortable, and I am more than ever confident that this style of
house building is an assured success.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)        J. NOWAKOWSKI,
Cor. of Atkins and Pritchard Sts. TESTIMONIALS—continued
The B. C.
M.t T. & T. Co.,
Royal City
Vancouver, B. C, January
Mills Bi
City.
anch,
Gentlemen :—
It is a pleasure for me to express the satisfaction I have had in putting
together the "O" Design House you sold me recently. I received everything
in connection with it in first-class order. The sections and framed materials
I found to be of the best quality and workmanship, making it easy work for
the purchaser in its erection. The inside finish throughout was A 1, and
altogether I am very pleased as well as proud of my new home, and feel
that I can make no mistake in recommending to my friends your Patented
Ready-made Houses, as I consider them both durable and comfortable, as well
as inexpensive.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)
A. SMYTH,
6th Avenue.
Vancouver, B. C, January 30, 1905.
Messrs. The B. C. M., T. & T. Co.,
Royal City Mills Branch,
City.
Gentlemen :—
I desire to express my entire satisfaction with the "P" Design House
purchased from you a short time ago, and which I have just completed the
erection of. I can say with much pleasure that I found all materials and
workmanship of the very best, while with one carpenter and myself we had
little trouble in the setting up, as the framing together with all other parts
seemed to fit so exact, which reflects credit on the workmen in your employ.
Any person contemplating building a home of this kind, I feel sure, could
not do better than by buying one of your Patented Ready-made Houses,
either for comfort or economy.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       R. BUMSTEAD,
21st Ave., Mount Pleasant.
Vancouver, B. C, January 28, 1905.
The B. C. M., T. & T. Co.,
Royal City Mills Branch,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Since arriving in your city a few weeks ago from Brandon, Man., I have
been assisting my friend, Mr. Smyth, in putting up one of your Patented
Ready-made Houses on 6th Avenue, Mount Pleasant, and must say we had no
difficulty whatever in setting it up, owing no doubt to the explicit instructions
given in your working plans, with which I think any ordinary handy man
could put these houses up. I have been so much taken with this new method
of house building that I have, as you know, purchased one of your "O" designs for myself, and am now arranging for its erection. Everything in the
way of quality and workmanship I have found most satisfactory, and would
say that the prices quoted on the different styles of buildings manufactured by
your Company should enable you to do a very large business amongst the
townspeople and farmers of Manitoba and the North West Territories, who
would have to pay, in my opinion, even with the freight added, at least 40 per
cent, more for buildings erected in the ordinary manner, without having the
advantage of securing the high grade materials used in your construction.
(Sgd.)       JAMES LAWLEY,
6th Avenue.
The B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
Royal City Mills Branch,
City.
Sirs :—
In settling with you, allow me to voice my satisfaction with the three
Ready-made Houses that I purchased from you last October. I liked them
when I saw them on the New Westminster Exhibition ground last Fall. I
like them no less now, after they have been carried back to Vancouver and
re-erected on Park Drive, where they at present stand.
The method of construction is so simple that the houses were taken apart
with the greatest ease and handled with so little trouble that I have not yet
found it necessary to re-paint them, though they have been knocked down,
removed a distance of twelve miles, and re-built on a new site,
The section joints are perfectly tight, making the building rigidly strong
and quite warm.
It gives me pleasure to add that my dealings with your Company have
been most satisfactory in every respect.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)        (REV.) A. A. McLEOD.
(Missionary on furlough),
Narsapatnam, India.
Park Drive, Vancouver, B. C, 31-l-'05. TESTIMONIALS—continued.
Vancouver, B. C, January 31, 1905.
Messrs. The B. C. Mills, T. & T. Co.,
R. C. P. Mills Branch,
City.
Gentlemen :—
In reference to my purchase of two of your Patented Ready-made Cottages, designs "J" and "L," I may say that I was acting in the capacity of an
agent for a friend of mine up-country, who has several vacant lots in the city,
and was anxious to secure a revenue therefrom. On my opinion being sought,
I advised that as cottages were always in demand here for renting purposes,
and more readily disposed of than two-story buildings or ones of more extensive construction, and my advice having been taken in this respect, I was
instructed to make all arrangements for the erection of the two buildings in
question, and with the desire of accomplishing the best possible results for
the party I was acting for, I secured figures for material and cost of erection,
and comparison with your prices fully justified me in placing the order with
your Company. I am so well satisfied with the saving effected that I purpose
shortly erecting some of these buildings on my own account, and have no
hesitation in recommending your new method of house building in every respect, and shall be pleased at any time to give the benefit of my experience to
intending purchasers.
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)       J. J. HANNA.
Ref : 2738 / 4-5:
Sir:
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, 31st January, 1905.
School, Essington:
ment at Essington, and I am very much pleased to note that the school-house
has met with so much approval.
I can assure you that the Department appreciates the interest in the work
and the good workmanship that has been manifested by you throughout.
I hope that in the future I shall be able to place orders in this connection
with your Company, either in schools or other buildings.
Yours obediently,
(Sgd.)       F. C. GAMBLE,
Public Works Engineer.
E. C. Mahony, Esq.,
Local Manager Royal City Planing Mills Branch,
P. O. Box 740,
Vancouver, B. C.
I have to acknowledge your letter of the 30th instant, enclosing copies of
the acceptance of the school lately erected by your Company for the Depart-
Vancouver, B. C, February 3, 1905.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Company,
Royal City Planing Mills Branch,
City.
Gentlemen :—
Early last summer I became interested in your new system of house
building, and in consideration of my long business connection with your Company as a contractor, I presume I was permitted to more closely study the
development of your ideas in the introduction of this new innovation in your
■business than would have been the case had I been an outsider.
From the knowledge I had previously gained as a contractor, of
building conditions throughout Manitoba, the Territories and B. C.
points since 1885, I was so satisfied with the business to be done that I willingly gave up my contracting connections here, with the idea of definitely
ascertaining the possibilities in the introduction of this new system of house
construction. In this respect it occurred to me that an exhibit made at the
Dominion Exhibition then shortly to be held at Winnipeg would bring this
new line of business before the public in the best possible manner, and was
pleased that you coincided with my views to the extent of instructing me to
supervise the erection of 5 of your cottages, and while the expense was considerable, I believe the returns will justify the outlay, inasmuch as an opportunity was presented of meeting a vast number of people and learning their
views, with the result, as I understand, that the new designs recently introduced have been arranged to meet their requirements.
During the Exhibition I contracted for a number of cottages in Winnipeg
and vicinity, and the recent reports I have received from parties living in TESTIMONIALS—continued.
these houses have so satisfied me of their cold-resisting qualities (which some
people felt would prove a weakness in their construction) that it has induced me to give my exclusive attention to the erection of these houses,
and as soon as I complete the one "P" and two "O" designs that I have now
under construction on 9th Avenue, Fairview, this city, it is my intention
to return to Winnipeg and make that city my headquarters for future operations.
Wishing you every success in this new departure in your business, I am,
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)       H. A. BELL,
2075 Beach Ave.,
City.
1905.
The
Vancouver, B. C-, Febru
B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
Royal City Planing Mills Branch,
City.
Dear Sirs:—
Respecting the Patented Ready-made House design "M" (to which
was added 12 feet to meet my requirements, making a total of 41 ft. 6 in.
over all) I purchased from you recently for erection on 7th Avenue, Fair-
view, near the corner of Pine Street, I am glad to say gave me better satisfaction than I was lead to believe, owing to the adverse comments made,
after I had commenced building operations, by parties who were antagonistic to your enterprise. However, I am so well pleased with the results attained that I propose shortly to duplicate the order and will lose no opportunity of advocating the many advantages to be derived from this new
class of house building.
Yours truly,
(Sgd.)       GEO. FREEMAN.
Collingwood, B. C, February S, 1905.
The Manager,
Royal City Planing Mills,
Vancouver, B. C.
Dear Sir,—
The Ready-made House Design "O" which you supplied to me is now
finished and I am well satisfied with it.   I have kept a careful account of all
expenses in connection with putting the house together, and find that the
total cost of this and of the house itself is considerably less than the estimates I got for building a house of the same size in the ordinary way.
I am convinced that your method of house building has given me a better
and cheaper house than any other method would have done.
(Sgd.)       H. O. THOMAS,
Timekeeper,
B. C. Electric Railway Co.
Vancouver, B. C, February 9, 1905.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
City.
Gentlemen :—
In reply to your enquiry regarding the row of 7 cabins which I built
on your sectional plan, I may say that this method worked admirably, the
whole building went together without trouble, and in less time than I
thought possible, and the result proves conclusively that your system of
building houses in sections can be adapted to suit varying conditions with
great success.
The cabins cost much less than they would have done had I built them
in any other way.
Yours very truly,
(Sgd.)       B.   N.  KERR.
West Burnaby, B. C,
February  10,  1905.
Messrs. B. C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.,
Vancouver, B. C.
Gentlemen :—
Regarding the Ready-made House, Design "L," which you shipped to
us, we may say that we found this to be as represented. We had no previous experience in house building, but with the instructions given we were
enabled to put together and complete the house to our entire satisfaction.
(Sgd.)        C. F. V. R. SMITH,
(Sgd.)       H. A. FOSS.  1
The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co.,
Head Office:    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Press eomments
Concerning our ....
Patented Ready=Made Houses I
1 PRESS COMMENTS ON OUR READY-MADE HOUSES.
The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company, of Vancouver and New Westminster, is putting upon the market this summer an invention which should prove an inestimable boon to the prairie sections of the
West. It is nothing else than a ready-made house. Perhaps there is no other
want of the prairie settler that is so keenly felt as that of suitable housing for
himself and his family, and no other want which he finds is so difficult to
supply. Carpenters are, of course, not to be had, and the settler is obliged
not only to be his own carpenter, but his architect as well, which means a
great expenditure of time that is sorely needed for the real business of farming. Nothing could therefore be more welcome to him than such an invention as the one we speak of, which entirely obviates the most difficult and
drudging part of the business of house building.
A copy of the prospectus, showing the system upon which these knockdown houses of The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company are manufactured, has been received by The Commercial, and
after careful study and consultation with competent builders here, we
have no hesitation in commending the invention to the consideration of the
lumber merchants and settlers of the West. The chief difficulty in the construction of such houses in the past has been the securing of a close joint between the different sections. This difficulty has now been overcome, and the
finished effect is a house which seems to be thoroughly air-tight in every way,
making it as impervious to cold as any house built in the ordinary manner.
The parts are all made so as to fit together easily, and are quite within the
capacity of an ordinary farm wagon to transport. In erecting the building
only tools which are in common use, such as a hammer, saw, square, chisel,
level, wrench and screw-driver, are needed. A specially constructed galvanized iron chimney is furnished with the "settlers' series."
The finished product is a four-roomed cottage, with porch, pantries and
closets all complete, well lighted and airy. The house is one which will be
immeasurably superior to those in which most of our prairie settlers commence business, and the whole thing may be secured at so low a price that it
will not pay any settler to put up a similar house for himself upon the old
construction plan.
Full particulars of this invention, with plans and specifications, may be
obtained from the manager of the company at Winnipeg, Mr. H. S. Galhraith,
room 64, Merchants Bank building.
It is the intention of the company to have a full exhibit of models of this
house at the Winnipeg Exhibition. There will be models suitable for country
use and others which are designed more particularly for city purposes. These
are now completely erected and the company wish inspection.—The Winnipeg
Commercial, Dominion Exhibition Number, 1904.
The exhibit of the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co. is
conspicuous by reason at the present time of its finished appearance and the
novelty of the exhibit. 'Tdeal cottages" is a term that better conveys the
impression left on you by a first glance. There is nothing in their general appearance to suggest that they are ready-made. Two so-called town cottages
are architectural gems. Although graceful in appearance, they are constructed
to meet the conditions of our climate. For instance, take the walls. First
comes the shiplap followed by tar-paper, sheathing, studding, which forms
the first air-space, inside sheathing and strapping for the plaster lath, which
forms a second air-space, making the wall absolutely impervious to the wind,
however strong or cold. But many are apt to say that this is a knock-down
house, and therefore must have many joints through which the wind and
the cold will find its way. That is plausible, but take a look at the joints,
and you will be satisfied that in every respect this structure has been made
to fill the bill as far as the needs of this country are concerned. The sections are attached to each other ingeniously by a patented lock joint, which
is perfectly simple and practicable, and when bolted together leaves no possibility of the wind finding its way through. The window frames are grooved
and tongued into the wall, thus overcoming a weakness that is so often found
in existing structures. There are many other points of this nature that would
take too long to detail here, but they nevertheless show that the conditions
in the prairie country have been thoroughly studied and are being met by
the application of scientific methods in house structure. It is a new thought
to the westerner to know that he can order a house in the same way as he
orders a binder or any other utility.
A feature of these ready-made houses is the quality of the material of
which they are constructed. It should be remembered that they are made
in British Columbia, where lumber is plentiful, and where the stocks are large.
Every foot of the material used is perfectly seasoned, and is of the highest
grade. Of this you will be convinced by a glance at the houses themselves.
If built in Manitoba, every inch of material, good or bad, would be utilized.
This is necessary, as that article is expensive here. In British Columbia, however, a cull is sent to the fire-hole. It is a case of selecting the best out of
a superabundance of material at their hands.v For this reason a house built
on this novel plan, patented only last January, is not only worth more than
the ordinary house, but is warmer and more durable. Another feature should
not be overlooked, and that is the workmanship. It very often occurs in the
country that a really good carpenter is not available. Therefore passable material is worked up and put into a house by indifferent workmen, with the
result that a few wind storms will wreck your structure, and leave it in such
shape as to afford little protection against the weather. With the ready-
made house there is no such chance of poor workmanship.   Every part is PRESS COMMENTS—continued.
constructed by skilled workmen, and every joint must of necessity be accurate, otherwise the house could never be put togther. The fact of the matter
is that this British Columbia exhibit is the application of the scientific interchangeable plan to house-structure, and is the product of Canadian skill
and enterprise. In other lines this principle has effected revolutions, and it
is a revelation as well as a revolution in house structure.
In addition to the erected houses on exhibition, the same company have
some timber exhibits which will attract attention. This is their staple line.
Ready-made houses are only a recent addition. Mr. H. S. Galbraith represents the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company in Winnipeg, and has an office in the Merchants' Bank Building. Either he or Mr.
H. A. Bell, in charge of the exhibit on the Fair grounds, will be glad to give
any information regarding the goods they are showing. Although these
houses were only patented January last, this firm has been established
since 1865, so that they have a reputation at stake in their novel introduction
of ready-made houses.—Manitoba Free Press, July 23rd, 1904.
their boast that so perfectly ore the joints cut and fitted that the house is
warmer than one of the same size built in the ordinary way. The houses are
commonly termed portable dwellings. That is not so wholly, for after they
are once up they stand perfectly solid and cannot be moved unless taken completely to pieces. This misapprehension is probably due to the fact that the
sections are cut and finished at the mills in Vancouver and sent to any place
in the world for erection. They are accompanied by working plans, which
show in detail every piece of construction, and a man of ordinary intelligence
can erect them himself by aid of these.
These cottages are really ideal, and are being largely called for in British
Columbia and the Northwest. Previous to this they had not been seen in
Winnipeg, and the company states that their exhibit has resulted in many
orders for these structures.
The prices of these houses are remarkably low and no one should miss
the opportunity of viewing this exhibit.—Winnipeg Tribune, August 1st, 1904.
Heretofore the idea of the so-called "portable houses" has been somewhat
sneered at, and but little faith has been fixed on such ready-made buildings,
but it would not be a random guess to say that even the most pessimistic
would enthusiastically eulogize on the good points of these ready-made
houses were he to pay a visit to the exhibit of the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co., of Vancouver, at the Dominion Exhibition. On a
platform, the dimensions of which are 42x160 feet, and situated at the extreme north end of the colonnade, after entering the grounds, they are displaying three settlers' and two town cottages. The exhibit has attracted
a great deal of attention, and so far all who came with a sneer on their lips
at the durability of the houses, went away with their opinions completely
turned. The houses are most attractive in design,and although they are not fastened to any foundation, remained unmoved by Friday night's gale, which
created such wreckage on the grounds.
The houses are built in sections four feet in width and are connected,
when set up, by a patent joint which is perfectly water and wind proof. The
walls are completely finished.
First comes the siding, followed by tar-paper, sheathing, studding, which
forms the first air-space, inside sheathing and strapping for the plaster lath,
which forms a second air-space, making the wall absolutely impervious to
the wind, however strong and cold. Then the windows are grooved and
tongued into the wall and these, too, are perfectly air-tight.
The wood, which is the one and only composite material of the frame,
is all well seasoned.   In that regard the makers are very particular, and it is
There are few exhibits that have attracted more attention or have been
visited by larger and more interested crowds than the row of houses manufactured by the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co., of Vancouver and New Westminster, B. C. It was one of the first to interest sightseers when the exhibition opened and it has continued to hold the attention
of the public with ever-increasing interest. It is situated to the left of the
colonnade, from which entrance is gained to all the exhibition buildings, and
consists of five (5) ready-made, patented houses set upon an elevated platform 42x160 feet. The first house that will catch the visitor's eye is a town
cottage, 24x28—of four rooms, pantry and clothes closet. The second, third
and fourth are settlers' cottages, 12x20, 12x16 and 16x20 respectively, containing one, two and three rooms of suitable and convenient size. In order
to fully understand the practical utility of these houses and to demonstrate
their adaptability to the needs of so cold a climate as that of Manitoba and
the Northwest, it will be best to describe in detail the method of construction. These houses are built in sections, tightly joined by an interlocking
joint which makes them rigid, close-fitting and impervious to wind and cold.
The walls are built of three-inch angle siding, tar-paper, backing, and the
air-space which is formed by the studding. They are lined inside with 3-4
inch lumber, then counter lathed and plastered. The plaster casings are so
planned that the plaster comes flush, at the same time making a tight joint
with the window frame, which is tongued and grooved and which is absolutely free from seams or cracks. In cases where plaster cannot be obtained or used to the best advantage, cheese-cloth or paper will be found quite PRESS COMMENTS    continued.
practical. The roof is close sheathed with shiplap, covered with tar-paper and
shingled with British Columbia shingles. The floor is double-boarded with
tar paper between. The buildings are constructed with a view to providing
people in both city and country with a house easily and quickly constructed,
combined with perfect comfort and good taste. The houses are built throughout of British Columbia material. The outside walls of the town cottage are
finished with stained shingles, with cream trimmings, while the roof is stained green, the whole presenting a very pleasing appearance.
The artistic effect of these bulidings has created the impression that
they are only intended for summer use, but a careful inspection of the models,
describing the various joints used in their construction will thoroughly demonstrate their adaptability to a cold country and should not in any way
be confounded with the portable house, which has proved to be very unsatisfactory in cold climates.
In addition to the street of houses there is a unique exhibit of immense
blocks of British Columbia woods and two planks measuring four inches
a thickness by four feet three inches in width. There are also
specimens of the various classes of timber which grow in the forests of the
coast province. The sections exhibited are of immense size and have been cut
from the mammoth trees of British Columbia.
The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company are pioneers
in the lumber business, having been established since 1865, and the introduction of ready-made houses is a new departure in their business.
The reputation of the company will warrant intending builders in securing a first-class article and at a much lower price than if they had their
houses constructed in the usual manner.
The president of the company, John Hendry, who is also president of
the Vancouver, Westminster & Yukon Railway, which forms a connection
with the City of Vancouver and the Great Northern system, is expected to
arrive in Winnipeg to-day from St. Paul.—Winnipeg Telegram, August 2nd,
1904.
There has been nothing on the Fair grounds in the last two weeks that
has attracted more attention than the cottages erected of British Columbia
lumber. There is a fascinating sound about a house built to order, for the
very reasonable prices quoted. The cottages shown are very pretty and convenient, and in addition you can order your house laid out any way you please,
within moderation.
The fierce demand for some place to live in made visitors to the Fair
keen to visit these houses and see their possibilities. Even at the present exorbitant figures charged for putting in foundations, there would seem a pos
sibility of getting an abiding place within the reach of people in very moderate
circumstances, while for the settler on new land these cottages certainly solve
a knotty problem. The man in charge of the exhibit was most painstaking
in explaining the details and in showing the actual construction of the houses,
that give every indication of being warm enough for Manitoba winters.—
Winnipeg Town Topics' Critic's opinion, August 6th, 1904.
The Dominion Exhibition board have recognized the merit of this exhibit by placing it on the list of medal winners. By the public this exhibit is
adjudged the most popular on the grounds. It was made particularly interesting by the fact that many people cannot get houses for love or money in
the city of Winnipeg, and they cast longing eyes at these handsome "ready-
made" houses.
The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company's exhibit of
ready-made houses has up to the last continued to attract the attention of
the visitors to the exhibition by their attractive appearance and the superior
advantages demonstrated in their construction.
It is understood that the entire exhibit has been disposed of for erection
in this city. The company, at great expense, made this exhibit, with a view
of ascertaining the class of buildings best suited to intending purchasers
throughout Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, and the amount of business secured has exceeded all their expectations. The company's representatives afforded the public every facility in learning the methods employed by
them in the construction of these houses, and were aided in their explanations
by models, showing the various joints used. The exhibit, to the casual observer, created the impression that these structures were intended for summer use only. This impression no doubt was due to the artistic appearance
of these buildings, but a careful inspection of same showed that every attention had been given to the production of a structure capable of withstanding
the rigors of a cold climate. It is their intention to immediately prepare a
catalogue embracing a number of designs, adding to same from time to time
as the demand warrants. They have had many requests for a summer house,
and propose giving this matter their attention. This would necessitate a
lighter constructed building at a correspondingly lower price. It is their intention to make immediate preparations to embark in this new departure of
their business on a large scale, and they hope by next spring to cope with
any demands that may be made on them. In the meantime they will endeavor
to supply as many houses as their existing factories will admit of. They have
been inundated with enquiries and are advising intending purchasers of their
intention regarding future operations.—Manitoba Free Press, Aug. 6th, 1904. PRESS COMMENTS   continued.
Modernity in house construction is amply indicated in the three "ready-
made" dwellings which will form the excellent exhibit of the B. C. Mills,
mber and Trading Company, of Vancouver and Westminster, at the Provincial Exhibition at New Westminster this week. Up-to-date demands are
met in every way, in cost, in appearance, in finish, in length of time of construction, and one of the best commendations is the general natty appearance.
These houses are superior in every way to those exhibited at the Dominion
u Winnipeg this summer, where they attracted so much attention that
the B. G. Mills, Timber and Trading Company has received numerous orders
in consequence. The management of that Fair appreciated the special features
of the exhibit and awarded it a Medal of Merit.
These houses are unique in construction and will meet a great want for
good dwellings at a fair cost in such localities where rapid construction is an
advantage, or where building mechanics are not available. Especially is this
the case in the portions of the Territories and Manitoba which are now being
settled up by large numbers of immigrants. In many cases they are unable
to get carpenters, and often lumber, and the furnishing of a house in sections,
which may be put together by any man able to read and handle a hammer,
will be hailed u ith pleasure. In cities, too, they will have a market. Their
appearance is better in most instances than cottages, which under ordinary
building methods cost more, while the saving of expense is a considerable
item. Already there are a number erected in Vancouver, and the demand is
increasing to such an extent that the company, which is still busy with the
details of preparation, is unable to meet the many orders.
The houses at the Fair are located next the mineral building, and the last
thing the ordinary observer would think is that they are "knock-down"
houses. No one, except an expert in construction, would be able to detect
that they had been erected in sections. The idea first suggested itself to Mr.
E. C. Mahony, manager of the Royal City Mills, of this city, and after careful
working out he has evolved the present handsome structures, patents of which
have been obtained. Three styles will be shown at the Exhibition, but others
are available. These are cottages, and offer a choice in architecture. The
largest has a verandah, with six rooms, including hall and bathroom, and is
21.6 by 37 feet. Inside the owner may follow whatever plan suits him best,
although material is furnished for the plan suggested by the company. He
may have as few rooms as he likes, and may arrange closets to rooms as
he desires. The inside finishing may also be done according to individual
taste. In this instance plaster is shown in two rooms, which makes a very
nice finish. This style of house is $500 at the mill. The second house is
20x25.6 feet in size, and is left in one room for illustration purposes, showing
the interior finish of the sections, which is very pleasing in itself. The cost
of this is $325. The third, costing $400, has a bay window effect, this house
having one room finished in cheese-cloth and wall-paper, which is another sug
gestion as to what may be done. All have dormer windows in the front part
of the roof, and in general appearance at once attract attention.
The interesting part is the method of construction. To make the manufacture of "knock-down" houses successful, to furnish the best at a cost below the regular custom-made, so to speak, it has been necessary to train a set
of mechanics to make each individual section. When a house is sent out to
order, a book of instructions, with illustrations of each operation of construction necessary, accompanies it. Every section is numbered. The sill of the
house is laid, then beginning with, say, No. 2 section, each is fitted into the
place indicated by a corresponding number. If a door is desired in a certain
place or a window in another, the section with these already in may be placed
to suit. Individual taste can easily be accommodated in every respect. As
every section fits, having been tried before leaving the factory, there is no mistake to make, as the directions are absolute. When the sides and end walls
are in place, according to plan, the roof is put on, each part necessary having
been cut and is ready for position.
The particular feature is in giving a house which is warm, which will get
loose in no part, and which in appearance is second to none. This is done
by means of the patent joints, which can be seen to best advantage in the
working model which will be displayed on the premises. This is a dovetail
construction, and is reinforced by bolts which give a very substantial construction. The models also show the outer wall of three thicknesses of wood, tar-
paper, and air-chamber. By an examination of the models, which are very
interesting in themselves, one can observe the detail of every part of the construction.
Everything is so complete that the wonder is if the house had really been
put up in sections, and in a few days. It is the rapidity of construction that
is the best recommendation. Two men, unused to the construction, may erect
one of the sizes indicated in four or five days. An instance of what is done
by the workmen engaged in placing the houses in position may be stated. The
material for two of the houses was in Vancouver last Saturday, leaving for
New Westminster in the morning. It was at the exhibition grounds shortly
before noon, and at six o'clock that evening, six men had everything in shape
but the shingling of the roof. Mr. A. Luke, foreman of the factory at the
Royal City Mills, Vancouver, is in charge of the exhibit, and with the assistance of a competent staff, has erected the dwellings, the manufacture of which
will be one of the distinct features of the lumber industry in Vancouver.
In embarking extensively in this part of the business, every preparation
has been made_by the company. A comprehensive catalogue is about to be
issued. This will be interesting from the fact that the lumber industry of
the B. C. M. T. & T. Co. will be shown in its many branches, from logging
to milling, by means of reproductions from photographs. In this catalogue the
variety of houses to be manufactured will be set out in detail.   Each will be PRESS COMMENTS—continued.
illustrated, so that a would-be purchaser may select that style which pleases
him best. That done the house is forwarded with full instructions as to how
it is to be put together. There are many designs of architecture and many
sizes. The smallest dwellings are furnished at a cost of $100, while the largest
will cost ut $700.    Plans are now being perfected for   a cottage   effect,
which will have two rooms in the upper floor space, and which will have a
ground space considerably larger than those at the Exhibition. It is understood that the company purposes adding new designs as trade demands. All
material is thoroughly seasoned, thus preventing shrinkage, and all houses
are given a primary coat of paint before leaving the factory.
These convenient residences will no doubt find favor among those who
are taking up the small holdings along the line of the inter-urban line between
Vancouver and New Westminster, where they will exactly fill the requirements in all particulars, and those who will eventually settle along the route
of the V. W. & Y. Ry.
The Exhibition management recognises the display now in'position as
one of the features of this year's show, and as the houses will be visible from
all parts of the grounds they will attract considerable attention. Two have
been painted, while one has been finished in the natural wood, every suggestion being given as far as possible as to what lines of construction and finishing may be followed out.—The Daily News-Advertiser, Vancouver, B. C.,
October 2nd, 1904.
Of the many special attractions calling the usually large crowds to the
New Westminster Exhibition, one of the most attractive, instructive and economically important, is the display of houses by the "Royal City Mills," of
Vancouver.
For years I have attended the annual exhibits at New Westminster, but
have not heretofore seen anything so interesting, and of business value so
promising.
These are not models of houses, but houses full fledged, finished in toto
or in part, to show to all intelligent observers what may be done by inventive
genius and wide-awake enterprise. In view of the early future expansion in
the manufacturing of houses, both for the wholesale and retail trade, I am
safe in saying the present Royal City Mills premises will have to be much
enlarged and very considerably changed.
In a year's time we will read of these modern, up-to-date houses being
sold by the dozen and by the score.
The prairie trade alone is sure to tax the capacity of the factory to the
fullest extent in a short time.
Those who read The World should not fail, on going to the Westminster
Exhibition, to examine carefully the three houses erected on the grounds.
The site is admirably chosen, is on the east side of the grounds and faces the
public throngs as they pass through the gates, or occupy the grand stand.
An elevated platform, which answers as the foundation for the three houses
and is about five feet high, is one hundred feet long and fifty feet wide. It
is neatly finished in rustic and painted a gray stone color. There are two sets
of steps leading up to this raised platform, which add much to the appearance
and makes an excellent groundwork.
The three houses vary in size, the smallest being in the middle, so as to
. produce the best effect.
House No. 1 is 21.6x37 ft., like the other cottage in style, and is finished
in red and cream.
On entering the front central hall there is a room to the right and another
to the left. Between the one on the left and the next behind it is a folding
door by which both rooms can be thrown into one. There is a comfortable
dining-room, a kitchen, a pantry and another bedroom.
In fact the internal arrangements of the house can be made by the purchaser to suit his convenience and tastes.
The inside of the house is being lathed and plastered, and could be, if
necessary, finished in oiled cedar or other wood.
The locked stud joints are perfectly air-tight, hence at the union of the
sections no cold air or drafts can pass.
When the building is finished it is one of the warmest made in any country. It is close sheathed on the studs, both inside and out. Then on the outside is a covering of tar-paper on which is put closely-fitting rustic.
The inside jointed sheathing is covered with lath and plaster, or by oiled or
painted wood.
One of the most important features is the "double air-space," of comfort
in a cold climate, as in the prairie regions.
For artistic appearance and workmanlike finish these houses are perfect;
things of beauty and comfort. When all the sections are put together the
joints are neatly covered with covering boards, which add both to security
and appearance.
The ceiling joists run out on the plates and the rafters rest direct on the
joists. Between the ends of the latter and the rafters a slightly concaved
piece of wood is fastened so as to give to the roof a curved appearance toward the eave. This is an improvement on the hard effect of the usual straight
line finish seen in most wooden houses.
In house No. 1 the verandah is effective and commodious enough to suit
a much more costly building. It is supported on 12 pillars beautifully arranged and very pleasing to the eye. PRESS COMMENTS    continued.
Each of the houses has a neat dormer-window with the curvature on its
roof in common with the main roof. The dormer-windows add much to the
tastefulness of these natty residences now on exhibition at Westminster.
In No. 2. the verandah takes up one half the front and the bay window the
other half. These two are so nicely arranged and related as to produce a fine
impression on the eye, and, in addition, they are as useful as ornamental.
In examining these houses in the finished and in the partly constructed
state one is struck with the perfection of workmanship in the appearance, in
the joints, in the exactly sized studding, joists, facings, sections and other
parts, and comes away with the deep conviction that there is a bright future
before the men who have embarked upon this new Canadian enterprise.
If there be any product of the factory in Canada I would like to act as
agent for, it would be for the beautiful and comfortable dwelling houses turned
out by the Royal City Mills, of Vancouver, B. C.
The B. C. M. T. & T. Co. are the right men to handle on a large scale
and successfully this new departure in factory work.
Perhaps I am over-sanguine, but I believe the time is not far distant when
from a dozen to a score of these up-to-date suburban and rural residences will
be turned out daily.
As a Vancouverite and a Canadian I am proud of the success of the enterprise of the B. C. M. T. & T. Co., of which the Royal City Mills is a part.
—E. Odium in The Daily World, Vancouver, B. C, Oct. 3rd, 1904.
From the following letter is is very evident that the Royal Agricultural
and Industrial Society of British Columbia have fully appreciated the great
value and high excellence of the "ready-made houses" exhibited at Westminster by the B. C. M. T. and T. Co., of Vancouver.
The letter speaks for itself, and is both interesting and instructive:
New Westminster, B. C-, Oct. 10th, 1904.
B. C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company, Vancouver, B. C.:
Gentlemen,—I have been instructed by the Executive of the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Society of B. C, to write and express to your company
their grateful appreciation and thanks for the magnificent exhibit you made
at the Provincial Exhibition just closed at Queen's Park, this city, of your
ready-made houses, which were a source of great interest and attraction and,
we feel we can truthfully say, made one of the principal features of the fair.
I have also been directed to say that, as a slight appreciation of the Executive's gratitude, a gold medal will be forwarded you in a few days.
The diploma I beg to hand you by bearer.
I am, yours faithfully,
(Signed)    W. H. KEARY,
Manager and Secretary.
And the sequence of the exhibit shows that appreciation of the ready-
made houses was not- limited to the officials of the Royal Agricultural and
Industrial Society.
The Rev. A. A. McLeod, of Grand View, Vancouver City, was so delighted with the three houses that he purchased them all from the Royal City
Mills, which is a part of the B. C. M. T. and T. Co.
But this is not all. The people of Westminster became so interested that
they desired to secure one of the three buildings and retain it on the exhibition
grounds.
To this end the R. A. and I. Society, through the manager, Mayor Keary,
negotiated for the centre house of the three and secured it for the lacrosse
boys of Westminster.
Of course a rearrangement was amicably entered into with Rev. Mr. McLeod, by which he secured direct from the Royal City Mills a similar house
in place of the one purchased for the lacrosse club.
Just here it is in place to say that in addition to the three houses already
referred to which the Rev. Mr. McLeod has purchased, he is now negotiating
with the company to construct a much larger building, so that comfortable
rooms can be placed in the attic space.
This building is to go on- the corner of the block on Grand View beside
the electric tram line on Park Drive.
When these three are erected there will be five up-to-date "ready-mades"
on Grand View. Similar houses are going up in other parts of the city, and
already they are finding their way into Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Northwest
Territories.
No industry has commenced in Vancouver during the last ten years that
makes a fairer bid for great results and marvelous success.
The company manufacturing these houses most assuredly is managed by
men who are endowed with a keen grasp of both detail and magnitude, the
two elements absolutely needed for success in so large a venture—a venture
which must be tested daily in all climates by the families and units of families
who inhabit these neat and comfortable new style dwellings—"The Ready-
Mades."—The Daily World, Vancouver, B. C, Oct. 12th, 1904. PRESS COMMENTS—continued.
The display of "ready-made houses" at the recent Exhibition of the Royal
Agricultural and Industrial Society at New Westminster, which was the subject of such favorable comment, has been awarded the first gold medal of
merit ever struck by the Society. This appreciation was unanimously voted
at the last meeting, and indicates what was thought of the exhibit by the Fair
management What was thought of it by visitors is shown by the fact that
the whole display was purchased by the Rev. A. A. McLeod, who will have
the houses re-erected at Grandview, in the eastern portion of Vancouver.
By arrangement with Mr. McLeod, one of them will remain at New Westminster, the management wishing it for the use of the lacrosse club, and the
B. C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company will make it good here.
Since the closing of the Fair a large number of orders have been received
at the offices of the Royal City Mills of this city, where the houses are manufactured, many of which are directly attributable to the exhibit made at New
Westminster. They are an innovation that has "caught on," as they meet an
existing demand.
The following is .the letter forwarded by Mayor Keary, acquainting the
B. C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company of the awarding of the medal:
New Westminster, B. C, October 10th, 1904.
B C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company, Vancouver, B. C.:
Gentlemen,—I have been instructed by the Executive of the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Society of B. C. to write and express to your company
their grateful appreciation and thanks for the magnificent exhibit you made at
the Provincial Exhibition just closed at Queen's Park, this city, of your
"ready-made" houses, which were a source of great interest and attraction
and, we feel we can truthfully say, made one of the principal features
of the Fair.
I have also been directed to say that, as a slight appreciation of the Executive's gratitude, a gold medal will be forwarded to you in a few days.
The diploma I beg to hand you by bearer.
I am, yours faithfully,
(Signed)    W. H. KEARY,
Manager and Secretary.
—The Daily News-Advertiser, Vancouver, B. C, October 12th, 1904.
the first. Last week he put the finishing touch to his in a coat of paint. Mr.
Lapsley now has the most tasty looking cottage in town.—Kelowna Clarion,
Kelowna, B. C, Oct. 13th, 1904.
O. H. Pollard's new house arrived at Peachland last week from the Royal
City Planing Mills, Vancouver, and under Mr. Warwick's direction is already
nearly completed. It is a neat five-roomed cottage. This is the second of
these "ready-mades" to be set up in town, D. D. Lapsley being the owner of
Reference was made in our August issue to the exhibit of the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co., of Vancouver, B. C, at the Dominion
Exhibition, recently held at Winnipeg, of a group of "ready-made" houses.
This exhibit attracted an immense amount of interest and attention, and the
appreciation of the spectators is best shown in the fact that orders from the
Prairie Provinces have resulted which will tax the operations of the company to its capacity for some time to come.
The prime object in making the exhibit at the Dominion Exhibition was
to ascertain if, upon critical examination of those best qualified to judge, this
class of house would meet the requirements of settlers of the Northwest, and
whether or not the company would be justified in extending its already large
plants by the addition of the necessary alterations and machinery to turn out
these houses. The exhibit has fully settled both points, and as soon as circumstances will permit, the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company will be in a position to fill a'l orders submitted to them.
In the meantime elaborate catalogues are being prepared, which, when
completed, will embody the various designs suitable to the many purposes for
which the houses may be used, and will be profusely illustrated with excellent
half-tones.
So great was the attraction of these houses at the Dominion Exhibitljn
that the company was urged to make a similar exhibit at the annual fair of
the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Society, held this month at New Westminster, and only consented at the last moment, inasmuch as with the present
facilities the company is not desirous of advertising them until it is able to
fill the orders already booked. Our illustrations herewith presented show, first,
a group of the three houses exhibited at New Westminster, which formed one
of the most interesting and attractive exhibits at the Society's fair, and possibly called forth more favorable comment than any other exhibit, agricultural
or industrial. This photo was taken the day before the opening of the Fair.
The second and third pictures were taken at the Dominion Exhibition, and are
herewith reproduced for the instruction which they convey, showing in the
first instance the houses in course of construction, and the finished article, the
latter giving but a faint idea of the crowds who inspected the exhibit at the
Exhibition. From an architectural point of view these houses are just as nearly perfect as could be desired, while the method of construction is such that PRESS COMMENTS   continued.
they can be made in almost any size within reason, remembering, however,
that' the prime object is with the view of supplying the wants of people outside of cities, where artizans are not to be had except at great expense, and
that any man with ordinary intelligence can pm ihc house up from directions
supplied Mini without the aid of carpenters or builders. A brief description of
the construction of these houses has already been given in these columns, so
that there is no need to go into details at this time.
There is little question but that when the company has completed the
necessary additions to be able to turn out these houses in any number, they
will find a ready sale all over the country, and they will be a boon to many a
settler throughout the west and elsewhere.—British Columbia Lumberman,
Vancouver, B. C, October, 1904.
An exhibit which could not fail to attract the notice of all visitors to the
Winnipeg Dominion Exhibition was that of the British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company. Standing boldly out in line with the colonnade facade of the Exhibition buildings could be seen a fine row of cottages looking,
with their perfectly finished exteriors, as though a village scene had been
planted in the very midst of the Exhibition. This exhibit consisted of five
houses erected on a long raised platform, so as to bring them into better prominence. They were brought from British Columbia by this company in sections
ready for erection, and served as a very forcible demonstration of the great
utility of their "patented" method of sections. The idea is not that of merely
a portable structure, but of a method of constructing a buildingjn detail at the
factory and transporting it in sections ready for building as a permanent erection. The object of the company is to meet the increasing difficulties which
arise consequent upon the rapid settlement of the Dominion, and by this means
to provide, permanently and quickly, a warm, substantial dwelling for the family of average means.
These houses have been specially constructed to resist the severity of the
Northwest climate; a double air-space has been arranged to the walls, which
are double-boarded outside and inside, with an ample supply of weather-paper. The joints are of a "patented" lock joint principle secured by bolts, which
gives perfect rigidity to the building.
One of the houses shown was a very pretty one-story dwelling, 24x28 feet,
having the wide projecting eaves and bell-shaped roof. It is of $4 boarding,
inside and outside, finished with shingles throughout, and presents an attractive and comfortable appearance.   It is most substantially built, and calculat
ed to withstand all the rigor of a cold climate. There was a series of cottages
designed to meet the needs of the homesteader, miner, or rancher, and whilst
being particularly easy of erection, they are at the same time warm in winter
and cool in summer, the same details for protection being carried out as were
explained for the more imposing buildings. Another was a very handsome
house suitable for town use; it has a bay window front with porch and balcony, and a concave roof, with wide eaves, giving it a particularly pleasing appearance, and was greatly admired by those interested in building.
These houses are made in British Columbia, all the many parts being carefully numbered so that the veriest novice should make no mistake in their erection. The inside finish was carried out in various styles, one was plastered
and then decorated, another was lined with y$ tongued and groved boards,
canvased and papered, to show the result when plaster was not available. The
enquiries for these houses were very numerous and the company are making
preparations for an extensive trade. The range of houses as they stood was
sold several times over. The head office of the British Columbia Mills, Timber
and Trading Company is at Vancouver, B. C, their Winnipeg branch being
located at 64 Merchants Bank Building.—The Canada Lumberman, Toronto,
October, 1904.
On
of th
hai
C.
lest offices in the city has been erected by the Royal
M. T. & T. Company, at its yards on Carrall street,
to have on hand a building presenting the many special
dy-made" construction, and this has been successfully car-
:s are one story in height and provision is made to utilize
>r above.   A porticoed verandah runs half way round and
City Mills of the 1
The idea has been
features of the "re;
ried out.   The offi<
the space on the flo
there are artistic dormer-windows, the whole having a very handsome effect.
Inside are the various private and public offices; and each will have different
finishing, showing how individual taste as to interior completion may be met.
One compartment will be ornamented with wall-paper, another will have the
polished wood, and another a plaster finish.   The arrangement is also very
convenient.
The building has attracted considerable attention from contractors in the
city, besides from prospective purchasers of this class of dwelling. The company is making a feature of constructing houses on the "ready-made" style,
and the offices show to what variety the sections may be put, and how any
particular style of architecture may be carried out, without adherence to any
■one or two designs.—The Daily News-Advertiser, Vancouver, B. G, January
Sth, 1905. The British Columbia Mills. Timber and Trading Co.,
Head Office: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
^Souvenir Yi<
Showing the Company's Saw Mills,  Factories, Logging
Camps, Etc., Etc., in active operation	
Illustrating the Company's Patented Ready-Made Houses
in the course of erection and in the completed state.    . Hu
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BOX FACTORY  DEPARTMENT,
ROYAL CITY   MILLS,   NEW WESTMINSTER,   B.  C.
SHINGLE  MILL  DEPARTMENT,
ROYAL  CITY   MILLS.  NEW WESTMINSTER,  B. C.
SASH   AND   DOOR   FACTORY DEPARTMENT,
ROYAL   CITY   MILLS,   NEW   WESTMINSTER,   B.   C.
ROYAL CITY SAW  MILLS  BRANCH, NEW  WESTMINSTER,  B, C.
MOODYVILLE 8AW  MILL  BRANCH,  BURRARD   INLET, OPPOSITE VANCOUVER,   B.  C.
THE   BRITISH   COLUMBIA  MILLS, TIMBER  AND TRADING  COMPANY'S a»W5JM«>^OOiBgEa5T*Qg
ROYAL CITY  MILLS, VANCOUVER, B. C.
HASTINGS   MILL, VANCOUVER, B. C
ROYAL CITY   MILLS, VANCOUVER,   B. C.
MILL  PLANTS AT VANCOUVER AND   NEW WESTMINSTER,  B. C.  Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C.—Views in connection with the visit or the Duke and Duchess of York and Suite, September 30th, 1001, accompanied by an
'escort of the North-West Mounted Police.    This was the only industrial institution of its kind visited by the Royal Party while in Canada.  Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C.—1. Entrance to yard, showing offices. 2. Company's horses used in their local business. 3. Dry kilns. 4. Company's
exhibit. Labor Day. 5. Company's store, Vancouver. 6. Lumber yard " C" 7. Pile of split stove-wood. 8. Lumber yards "A" and " B." 9. Record
load of lumber, consisting of 8.007 feet of ceiling, and delivered to the Province Publishing Company's building.    10. Car-loading scene.	  Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C-
Interior ot saw mill, showing* log* 8 feet in diameter being* turned on
carriage.    2, Portion of engine room interior,
of machine shop.    8. Circular saw filing; room.  Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C.—1. Shipment of timber made to the Montreal Harbor Commissioners, the principal sticks of which were 3 feet square by
72 feet long". 2 and 6. Mill boom. 3. Shipping' scene, showing- 9-ships loading. 4. Shipment of spars to Halifax Nova Scotia, 5. Shipment of timber to
Sorel, Quebec; the longest of these timbers was 98 feet 6 inches, this being the greatest length ever shipped by rail out of British Columbia. 7. Shipping
scene.   8. Company's pile-driver.    9. Scow-loading scene.  Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C.—Before and after the great fire of October 26th, 1898, and during reconstruction, showing the heavy timbers necessary to
give rigidity to a structure where such giants of the forest are manufactured into lumber. The new mill proper is 84 feet by 400 feet, and required over
1,000,000 feet of timber in its construction.  BB
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Hastings Mill, Vancouver, B. C. Views of Vancouver Harbor taken from Company's wood wharf on Christmas Day, 1904—1. Ship loading at lumber wharf,
showing City in the background. 2. One mile of Vancouver's waterfront. 3. Entrance to Vancouver Harbor (Burrard Inlet), and showing Brockton Point
light-house. 4. Mountains known as "The Lions." 5. Crown and Grouse mountains 6. Entrance to Second Narrows. 7. Log boom, showing corner
of sawmill.    8.  "Princess Victoria." the fastest steamboat on the Pacific Coast, making an average v"»*d of 20 knots.    9.  Warships in Vancouver Harbor.  Royal City Planing Mills, Vancouver, B. C. 1. Office. 2. Ready-made house-erecting shed. 3. Ste
4. The effect of our water-sprinkler system, when turned on lumber in dry kiln, to prevent the spreading of fire,
of 200,000 feet of specially-selected spruce oar stock for the British Admiralty. 7. Loading end of dry kilns.
9. Car-loading-scene.    10. Booms of logs attached to standing boom.    11. Dry kiln lumber shed.
;r Belle towing boom of logs to mill.
Delivery end of dry kilns. 6. Shipment
Floating drag-saw in standing boom. #1
i Royal City Planing Mills, Vancouver, It. C.— i. Portion of storage warehouse For ready-made house sections. This b
sized houses. 2. Cut-off saws at end of each planer in pinning* mill. 3, Local dressed lumber shed. 4. Interior of plan in
school-house and cottage in place and receiving- their priming coat of paint prior to shipment. This building is ss feet I
six cottages at once. 6. Stationary end ,ne. which is provided witli a drum and 800 feet of ^-inch steel cable, which is uc
planers, and of special advantage in tht1; vent of fire, it being capable of emptying the six kilns of their complement of :
SS feet, and cap;
:u for the purpose c
;ks.
it together 50 average
showing the walls of a
erection of the walls of  /j^HS
Royal City Planing Mills, New Westminster, B. C     1. Office building.   2. Shipping sh<
5. Glass warehouse.    6. Dry kiln-     7. Moulding and dressed lumber sheds.
ds.    3. Portion of railway lumber yards.    4. Machine shop.  Royal City Planing Mills, New Westminster, B. C.—-1. Patent door-making machine.    2. Interior of box factory.    3. Interiorof shingle mill.    4. Inte
of sash and door warehouse.    5. Shingle mill drag-saw.    6. Box-making sheds.    7. Glazing room.    8. Interior of sash and door factory.  Camp Views—1. Log chute, showing the effect when the logs strike the water. 2. Company's hotel at Rock Bay. 3. Exit of Stella Lake. 4. Shingle chute.
5. Fir log 8 feet in diameter. 6. Logging team of horses. 7. Operating camp at Rock Bay. 8. Group of five logging engines, the Company requiring
twenty-six of these in their logging operations ; they now entirely supersede the use of horses and oxen.    9. Logging engine at work on Stella Lake. ft Camp Views—1. Five of the Company's standard-gauge railway locomotives. 2. Logging train
seven yoke of oxen. 4 and 10. Logs being hauled on skid road by horses. 5. Company'
3,000 feet to salt water, and 223 feet above the sea level.    8. Fallers at work.    9. Log chut<
md booms at Bear Rh
; store at Rock Bay.
3. String of logs hi
Water chute at Villa
edby
Bay,  .^
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Camp Views. I. One oi the Company's logging trains. 2. Dam at Stella Lake, raising the level to facilitate logging o
Nurses' Hospital at Rock Bay Camp (this building is one of our patented construction). 4. Hauling logs into Duck Lak<
logs out of the woods, showing the dense growth of Umber. 6. Loading logs from Stella Lake on to logging trucks. 7.
Lake by logging engine,   8. Train of logs coming down exceptionally heavy grade from Stella Lake to Rock Bay.
V
engini
Loading long timber from D>
toria Order or
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ick      The British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Co.
Head Office:    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
. Vi
ews i
Showing a few of the Company's Ready=Made Houses
Completed and in Course of Erection	 i. British Columbia Government school-house. Port Essington. a. J. J. Hanna, dcs
Winnipeg. 4. B. J. Desmond, design "M," Maryland Street. Winnipeg. 5. J. Nowal
Salter Street, Winnipeg. 7. (Rev.) A. A. McLeod, design "It," Park Drive, Grand Viev
Winnipeg. 10. W. W. Stuart. Keefer Street, Vancouver, n. A. Luke, design "M." Gi
13. A. Russel, design "K," Grant Street, Grand View, Vancouver.   14. S. Brereton, Ha
A   FEW   OF   OUR    READY-MADE   HOUSES
Lansdowne Avenue, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver.    3. Peter Halarewich, design "C." Salter Street,
sign "D," Aberdeen Street, Winnipeg.   6. ThoS. J. Collins, design "D," corner Manitoba Avenue and
rer.    S. A. F. Tallis. design "M," Elgin Street, Winnipeg.   9. J. Seigel. design "M," College Avenue,
■et. Grand View, Vancouver.    12. New Westminster Lacrosse Club-House, Queen's Park, design " K.' COMP1.BTBD   AND   IN   COURSE   OF   ERECTION.
i. Office building. Royal City Mills, Vancouver.   *. Jas. E
designs. Aberdeen Street. Winnipeg.   #«. (Rev.I A. A. Mel.
K
gn "J." «th Avenue. Fa
design "JT,   Park Drive, Grn
Vai
d View,
; Poss, design
■ad. design
Kerr, row of cabins (ao feet by 72 feet). Prior Street, Vancouver. 8, H. 6. Thomas, design " O," Collingwood. B.C. #<j. (Rev.) A. A. McLeod, design " L," Park Drive, Grand View, Vl
10. M. Talbo. design " M," Jarvis Street, Winnipeg, if. A. Smyth, design " O," 6th Avenue. Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. 13. J. A. Christie, design "J,' Maryland Street, Winnipeg. 13. J.J
design "J," Comox Street, Vancouver.    14. G. A. Freeman, design " M   (length increased to 41 feet, 6 inches), 6th Avenue, Fairvicw, Vancouver.
# Nos. 5 and 9.   These buildings were on exhibition at New Westminster, B. C. and sold to (Rev.) A. A. McLeod, taken apart, and rejected in Vancouver.  1    -~-
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