The Vance Residence, located at 1-620 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, is a two-and-one-half storey plus basement Edwardian era wood-frame house, located at the end of a cul-de-sac adjacent to a ravine.
If anyone knows of a project or person which is worthy of a heritage award in the following categories, please feel free to nominate them for a heritage award.
Residents of the District of North Vancouver who have completed an improvement to the exterior of their heritage home in the last year might be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $500 towards those costs.
The District of North Vancouver has spent the last several months consulting with individuals in the heritage community and has come up with a Draft Heritage Strategic Plan.
Visitors to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park are familiar with the BC Mills House Museum, which has sat near the entrance to the park since 1995, but how many know its history?
1405 Doran, North Vancouver
Behind a surprisingly simple façade is an incredible, very pure example of how “Heritage Stands the Test of Time." Built on a large lot for English immigrants, the Tudor-style exterior and leaded glass windows must have reminded the owners of the ‘old country’. The interior contains amazingly beautiful built-in cabinets and each room is unique, cozy and still perfectly suited to modern day life. When the current owners moved in, they inherited a landscape plan for the property that included a 300-yard hole for golfers to show their stuff! Their stoop also includes the marks of a bear who tried to gain entry at some point! The owners have offered to host a summer party for our society, so stay-tuned for details!
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!"
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.”
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.”