• History
    The three-acre estate on which Hart House stands was first purchased by New Westminster businessman Frederick Hart in 1906. A leading architect of the day, Frank Macey, designed the Tudor Revival building. The property’s gardens were developed by the Montague Moore family, which purchased the estate in 1916. Ethel Moore soon became renowned for her spectacular iris gardens, and the estate was visited by flower lovers from across the country who came to purchase cut flowers and bulbs.

    In 1950 the Moores sold the property to Standard Oil executive Ralph Baker, who instituted a program of modernization and improvement. The process of modernization was continued by the Charles Riley family after they purchased the estate in the mid-1950s.

    The Corporation of the District of Burnaby purchased the property in 1979. For eight years it was occasionally used as a film set for productions starring personalities including Bette Davis and James Brolin. At the end of this time the District considered the prospect of opening a restaurant at the estate. Paul Smolen, Hart House's current owner, were one of three original partners approached by the District. The partners recognized that the stately house and grounds presented a unique opportunity to create a premier culinary destination. They opened Hart House Restaurant in 1988. In 2000 Paul Smolen bought out his partners and his wife Carol Smolen came onboard. The combination of magnificent setting, outstanding cuisine, and warm, friendly service continues to enchant Hart House guests.

Business Hours

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