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A slice of local history is up for grabs

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | 5:14 pm

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By Kathy Michaels

Realtor Sarah Mallinson has a bit of Kelowna’s history in her portfolio.

For the fifth time in its 120 year history, the W.T. Small house is for sale and and it’s Mallinson who gets to introduce the $1.85 million property to prospective buyers.

She’s really the best person to do so, as she lived there for while and knows its story and quirks well.

“There’s a fieldstone fireplace in the parlour with the date 1890 scratched in, and a second with 1911, scratched into a stone,” she recalled, of the lesser-known facts about the property.

And despite its long history, she’s firm on pointing out that there’s nothing spooky or ghostly to be found. There’s just a bit of this city’s past  and some deluxe upgrades, including an iconic Aga cooker, a gym, pool and wine room.

“It’s the oldest continually inhabited home in Kelowna,” she said. “There is no other property like this — it was built just a few years after Father Pandosy’s Mission.”

William Small, a partially blind miller, constructed the home with his three sons in 1890 on Coranado Crescent, in the lower mission. In addition to the home, a mulberry tree brought to The Okanagan by the Smalls on a horse drawn wagon still stands next to the house.

Subsequent owners, James Baillie and C. Graham made further additions to the property. Then Arthur Raymer, son of Kelowna’s first mayor, bought the house in 1930. Arthur and his father built many of the city’s early public and private buildings. The house is valued for its long time connection to the Small family. William Small’s daughter, Edith, was married to Arthur Raymer. On Edith’s death the home passed to her daughter Hilda. After Hilda’s death, the house went to her son, Terry Sinclair-Thomson.

The house was then sold to M.Mallinson in 2002 —Sarah’s ex-husband — who added a new west wing and renovated much of the older sections.

“Basically, half the house is new and the original carriage is buried in the middle,” she said. “It’s developed really organically.”

It now has an impressive 5,900 square feet of living space wrapped around  the crowing jewel, a courtyard that ties all the elements together.

The house is entered on the city’s Heritage Registry. Further information can be found by calling Mallinson at 250-878-3190, by emailing or visiting

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2 Responses to “A slice of local history is up for grabs”

  1. Betty says:
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    I thought you would be interested in a new website we have just launched:

    While just in its infancy, the goal is to invite members to record the history of homes that are special to them, ultimately creating a concise history of houses around the world.

    I invite you to add the WT Small house. Membership is free!

  2. Aimee says:
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    Very Interesting story, I enjoyed reading it.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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