Delta throwback: Gunn house (PHOTOS)

It’s a beautifully restored heritage home that will be greeting those entering the new community of Southlands.

The Alexander/Gunn farmhouse in the 6400 block of 3rd Avenue in Tsawwassen was built around 1890 by Robert Alexander, the son of Irish immigrants.

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His homestead originally extended from the U.S. border to 3rd Avenue.

In 1897 he sold the house and most of the farm to the Gunn family.


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The home around 1915. Delta Archives photo

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Brad Semke inside the historic Gunn House


The original portion of the house was used only for farm workers but a later addition was made for a family home.

General deterioration and settling occurred and the house, despite having many original features, was showing its age before the frontier-style home was restored by the Century Group around 20 years ago.

It’s currently occupied by Southlands project manager Brad Semke and his wife Annemarie.


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