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VHF HERITAGE home tour


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1912 The Crescent, Shaughnessy – converted to 3 townhomes in 1989 with the addition of a coach  house as a 4th home as well as parking garage.


View from upper floor of center unit – overlooking added coach house + garden to city.


1936 Barber Residence – early Modern Architecture in Vancouver and first known use of exposed concrete as an exterior.  Very unique at the time built. Builder Ross Lort famously built Casa Mia on Marine Drive four years earlier.

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Amazing view from the roof top deck of the Barber house. (and very hot!)


Saved from destruction in 1988 by local Architect/Designer Robert Lemon/Robert Ledingham, the creative solution for the double lot was as shown in the model, add a second home to the lot with a shared parking.


1927 Tudor Revival House with beautiful garden near Marine Drive.  Original details maintained and intact by current owner who have had the home for 40 years and are only the third owners of the home.


1924 WilMar Tudor Revival Estate Home SW Marine Drive.  At the time it was built, this was considered a “country” property as the Elite who lived in Shaughnessy now had automobiles and drivers who could live further out of the city.  This home includes a separate coach house for the car.


Built for the Willard Kitchen, a director of Pacific Great Eastern Railway (to become BC Rail)  and his wife Mary, Wilmar was in the Kitchen family for 80 years until their granddaughter Judith, the sole heir, passed away and left the entire estate to the Vancouver Foundation, one of the largest gifts in BC history.


All original features remain, and including woodwork, tile, brick, leaded glass windows and bathrooms.


The home has sat empty for 9 years, and moving forward with be divided into two family homes, and five single family homes will be built on the property which is 2 acres.


Original wood carving details and plaster frieze work at the front entrance.  The front door.


Early intercom system



I love how the stair tread is integrated in the panel detail of the original staircase with the beautiful carved handrail that ends in a big curlicue…


Original leaded glass window in stairwell, looking to rear of property.


Tudor Revival details – exterior rear of house.

This is only four of the 9 houses on the Vancouver Heritage Foundations Annual Heritage Home tour, if you enjoy heritage homes I highly recommend you catch them next year.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator based in White Rock, BC



1 Comment »

  1. Hi Sue,

    Great post and as always gorgeous pictures. Looks like it was a fun day. It looks like you are busy. I hope all is well. I too am busy – moving in a couple weeks, teaching 3 weeks in July and then travelling to see all my kids over the summer. I plan on having an evening / house warming some time later this summer. Will keep you posted on time and date.

    Take care, enjoy the sun.



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