Exploring Chilliwack’s Heritage

The Thomas Caskey House sits prominently at the corner of Wellington and Corbould Avenues in downtown Chilliwack. Listed on the B.C. Register of Historic Places, the home was built in 1906 in the Craftsman style. The origin of this style of home can be traced to California and they typically feature details such as cedar siding exteriors, river rock chimneys, generous roof overhangs, exposed rafters and low-pitched gabled roofs. With the exception of a covered carport, the exterior appears to remain unaltered and in beautiful condition with architectural details reflecting the Craftsman period of design.

Who was Thomas Caskey? Tomas E. Caskey was born in Ontario in either 1870 or 1874 (there is conflicting information), arriving in B.C. in 1906. He served as Alderman on the first Chilliwack City Council in 1908. In addition Thomas Caskey was the editor of the Chilliwack Progress Newspaper before leaving Chilliwack to serve in the First World War. Major Thomas Edward Caskey’s name is also inscribed on the WW 1 Role of Honour at the Chilliwack War Memorial, located at the Chilliwack Museum. He died in England in 1917 from complications of appendicitis.

The Caskey House is a quick walk from the historic Royal Hotel and just one example of the many well- preserved heritage homes and buildings in Chilliwack

P5148 City Council MembersThomas Caskey’s photo
(on the left, second from bottom)

If you want more information on the B.C. Register of Historic Places see the link below:
https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/ftp/heritage/external/!publish/web/BCRHP_and_CHRP.pdf

To read more about the Chilliwack War Memorial see the link below:
http://www.chilliwackmuseum.ca/War_Mem_WW1.html

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