Historic B&B approved in Penticton

The City of Penticton has approved the operation of a bed and breakfast at one of the city’s oldest homes.

Council unanimously approved a rezoning Tuesday to allow the business to run at 434 Lakeshore Drive West.

According to the Canadian Heritage Registry, the Warren House was built in 1912 for J.J. Warren, president of the Kettle Valley Railway.

“It is symbolic of the wealth and prestige associated with the construction of the railway,” the registry states.  “It is valued as a reflection of the former grandeur of this area, which included a group of significant structures such as the Incola Hotel, and the Canadian Pacific Railway station and steamship dock.”

Local historian Randy Manuel spoke at Tuesday’s public hearing, urging the city to seek some sort of covenant on the property to protect it from development. The homeowner told council significant renovations to the interior of the home have been underway for months.

Planning manager Blake Laven said they do not believe that would be necessary because the bed and breakfast business would maintain the home in its historic form.

The owner of the home was unaware that the home was on the federal heritage registry, saying it was not disclosed to him when he bought the house.

Council also directed staff to prepare a report on the city’s own heritage registry and what kind of powers it grants the city in protecting historic buildings.

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