West Vancouver

Very old West Van home comes with a new lease on life

When Carol Howie and her family decided to sell their 1913 craftsman home on West Vancouver’s Gordon Avenue, they feared the heritage home, known as Vinson House, would be purchased for its lot value and bulldozed. Instead, the home has been given a brand new lease on life.

West Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee looking for new members

The District of West Vancouver's newly formed Heritage Advisory Committee is looking for members.

According to the District of West Vancouver website, "The Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) is established as an advisory body to Council and the Director of Planning and Development Services to assist in the processing of heritage applications, identifying and supporting the conservation of structures and landscapes recognized by the District as having significant heritage value and in undertaking education and engagement opportunities related to heritage conservation."

More information and a link to an application form can be found on the District of West Vancouver website. Those interested should apply by March 12, 2018.


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: 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: 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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