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Mount Pleasant office building to fuse heritage home with modern structure

Conwest Group is preparing to begin construction on a unique, 52,000 square foot office and light industrial building on West 6th in Mount Pleasant, built around one of Vancouver’s oldest heritage homes.

The new building will be four storeys, with a modern glass fa├žade, in sharp contrast to the 1901-built Coulter House, which will be restored and offered for lease as a restaurant. The home is on Vancouver’s heritage register.

A City of Vancouver report says the house “will be painted in a two-tone colour scheme comprising of off-white (light grey) and medium grey: these are researched historic colours from the turn of the twentieth century, and are considered appropriate for a building of this era.”

Coulter House.
Coulter House, as pictured June 14, 2019.

The report states city staff “have concluded that the rehabilitation scheme is consistent with best conservation practices.”

The development will have two levels of underground parking, as well as a large rooftop patio with skyline views of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

Across the street from the development site are several older homes, from when the area was a predominantly working-class residential district at the turn of the century.

Coulter House
Houses remaining on East 6th Avenue, directly across from site.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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