Heritage Stands the Test of Time: West Vancouver Municipal Hall (c. 1964)

750 17th Street, West Vancouver

Designed by Toby Russell Buckwell Architects in 1964, the West Vancouver Municipal hall is a lovely example of the modernist style. In 2015, in an effort to consolidate municipal services, funding for an adjoining Police Services Building was approved. In an architecturally seamless way, construction of the new building has now been completed. It is a beautiful example of how “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” and can even be mimicked!

Heritage Stands the Test of Time: Ackerman Residence (c. 1912)

448 East 13th Street, North Vancouver

In the hands of another owner, this house, with its dated interior and rotten front porch, might have been a candidate for demolition. Purchased in 2015 by its current owners, it has since undergone an extensive front porch restoration and an interior facelift. Now once again safe and beautiful, it is proof that “Heritage Stands the Test of Time!"


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Heritage Stands the Test of Time: Storybook Home (c. 1938)

1824 Inglewood, West Vancouver 

This unusual “Storybook” home, was built in 1938, as part of a trend influenced by Hollywood movies. Typical of this style is its stucco siding, steeply pitched gable and inset front door. Fondly called “The Little House That Could” by its owner, it is currently being lovingly restored. It is a sight to see and proof that “Heritage Stands the Test of Time.”

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Heritage Stands the Test of Time: The Mitchell House (c. 1965)

3623 Sunnycrest, North Vancouver

This unique home, also known as the Wedge house, was designed by Arthur Erickson in 1965 at the height of the West Coast modern design boom. Finding the home a bit small, the owners added a new section, with a transparent transition element, to ensure that the original home remains distinct and dominant. Through these efforts, once again, “Heritage Stands the Test of Time.”


Heritage Stands the Test of Time: Rush House (c. 1923)

1195 12th Street, West Vancouver

In an example of “Heritage Stands the Test of Time," the Rush House is a Craftsman-style home that was built in 1923. In December 2017, West Vancouver Council approved heritage bylaws that will see the legal protection of the original home and the addition of a laneway and garden cottage to the property. The construction of the new homes has not yet begun. This type of preservation is ideal for a home that sits on a larger property.

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Heritage Stands the Test of Time: Cole Residence (c. 1910)

618 East 9th Street, North Vancouver

This Craftsman bungalow was last sold in 2011 and billed as a “tear down,” but the current owners fell in love with its charming style and decided to make minor changes instead. In an architecturally sympathetic way, the front porch and entry stairs were modified and the kitchen was enlarged. The result is a still-charming but slightly larger home.

It seems fitting to begin our “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” featured homes with the Cole Residence because when the owners moved into this house, they found a booklet on the built-in cabinet that contained a magnificent history of the families that had lived in this house since it was built. The most important part of the booklet was the first line: “I am not an ordinary house. I am a home with Tradition and History. I have sheltered families for over eighty years and in that course of time, only 7 families have lived under my roof. This little history is prepared for the eighth family who will dwell within my walls.”

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Heritage Week 2018: Heritage Stands the Test of Time

Every year, communities nationwide celebrate heritage for one week during the month of February. The theme for the 2018 Heritage Week (February 19-25) is “Heritage Stands the Test of Time.” Throughout the week, North Shore Heritage will be featuring various North Shore homes or buildings on our blog that typify this theme (a new one each day). Despite the seemingly unending demolitions and new construction, there are plenty of examples of how heritage has indeed stood the test of time!

We value your interest and support and we encourage you to “like” or “follow” our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so you can stay informed about local heritage activities and help spread the word. As well, if you have an example of how “heritage stands the test of time,” please feel free to email us with a photo or the address so that we can feature it on our blog.



West Vancouver reinstates Heritage Advisory Committee

We are pleased to announce that a Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) has been reinstated in the District of West Vancouver, giving heritage matters a bigger voice going forward. At the District of West Vancouver Council meeting held on Monday, January 22, 2018, Mayor Michael Smith announced the creation of the new HAC. The committee will be comprised of three council members and three heritage advocates from the community. More to follow.

Read the article in the North Shore News here.


Haswell Residence saved from demolition

At the end of March, the City of North Vancouver approved a three-lot subdivision of the property at 910 Grand Boulevard. The move saves the 107-year-old Haswell Residence from almost certain demolition.

The house, known as the “Grand Dame,” was sold by developer Edward Mahon to timber dealer Eliot Haswell in 1910. The Canadian Register of Historic Places describes it as "a fine example of the British Arts and Crafts style...valued as representing the early development of the Grand Boulevard area, with large residences built on prominent corner lots.”

Under the approved plan, the Haswell Residence is to be moved to a new foundation, and two new homes will be built on the newly created lots.

While the decision received a mixed response from neighbours amid concerns about increased density, North Shore Heritage vice-president Jennifer Clay said the outcome of the hearing was the preferred option, given the bleak alternative.

To read more about this story, visit the North Shore News website here.