The Harris Barn

Located at 4140 Arthur Drive and owned by the Corporation of Delta, the Harris Barn is a year-round 8,000 square foot multi-use community gathering facility made from a reclaimed local historic barn.

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Features and Amenities

  • Two levels capable of hosting 250 people
  • A servery kitchen
  • Washrooms
  • Handicapped Lift
  • Heated Floor 
  • Sound system

The Harris Barn is a valuable community amenity and represents preservation of Delta Agricultural heritage. The barn provides a venue for:

  • Social gatherings such as festivals and markets
  • Community programming opportunities
  • Private rentals, such as workshops, training opportunities, meetings and other daytime activities
  • Displays offering a tribute to the agricultural heritage in the community

Contact and Booking Information

The Harris Barn, Kirkland House and Hawthorne Grove Park grounds provide for a variety of rental opportunities in a rural farmland setting.  Garden weddings can be accommodated on the Hawthorne Grove Park grounds. All bookings for these venues are done by Delta.  For information, please email harrisbarnbookings@delta.ca or call 604-952-3062. 

Delta also uses the barn to host municipal community events and recreation programs. For information on community programming and special events, refer to Delta’s Leisure Guide or call 604-952-3000.

The Kirkland House Foundation is the caretaker of Kirkland House. To find out more about Kirkland House, visit the Kirkland House website or contact the Foundation at 604-946-5555.

The Barn History

The Harris Barn was originally constructed in the early 1900s on Hopcott Road in the Tilbury area of Delta. In 1940 the barn was moved to 5561 64 Street. In the spring of 2012 an application was made to demolish the barn by its then owner. The barn was listed in Delta’s historical inventory as being in excellent condition. The owner offered the barn to Delta if it could be relocated within the timeframe necessary for his proposed development. In May of 2012 Delta Council accepted his offer and the barn was dismantled and relocated to 4140 Arthur Drive. The site of Kirkland House since 1911, this heritage parcel of land has been publicly owned since 2003.

Moving a barn is no simple task. Each piece of timber was analyzed for structural strength and straightness. The firm of McDonald and Lawrence undertook the task of ensuring that the barn was dismantled, strengthened and re-erected at its new location. During that process, in August of 2012, Delta held an old-fashioned barn raising with members of the public. The barn frame was re-erected on a sunny Sunday afternoon, involving hundreds of volunteers. 

A special thanks to the Federal Government of Canada, represented by Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, for its contribution of $250,000 to fund access improvements as part of the barn relocation and reconstruction project.

 

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