Delta throwback: Goodbye Muir House

The Muir House was torn down last week.

Built in 1940 for the Muir family, the little house at 4864 51st Street is a relative newcomer compared to most of the heritage homes still standing in Ladner. Eva and Andy Muir lived in various homes in Ladner before moving to the unassuming house at the corner of 47th Avenue and 51st Street (called Hotham Street back then).

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Andy Muir was the liquor vendor in Ladner when a liquor store was located where the Canadian Legion is now located at the corner of Delta and Trenant streets. Previously, he owned Delta Garage.


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This Delta Archives photo from 1932 shows Andy Muir in front of the Odd Fellows tug-o-war team


The owner of the house in the 1990s installed siding and in the later years it had been rented out to various tenants.

The house and the Staines House, built in 1939, next door are making way for a new seniors’ condo complex.


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The four-storey Delta Green development is to be built on the consolidated single-family parcels behind the Ladner Lawn Bowling Club and across from the Ladner Pioneer Library.

The 24-unit project, which will have no rental units, has a target market of “new seniors” who are persons over 55 and are active, engaged and well-minded. They would be people downsizing and from single-family homes and have some equity. It is not considered seniors housing, though.

Just down the same street, an 18-unit, three-storey townhouse development, across the street of Delta Secondary, is to be built on several other consolidated parcels.

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