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Heritage house finds a new home in West Point Grey

A unique development proposal in West Point Grey will see a historic bungalow built in 1912, and saved from demolition in 2014, relocated to a new site at West 4th and Trimble Street.

The house was built in the California Bungalow style and originally stood at 5903 Larch Street in Kerrisdale. It was designed by the architect, William A. Doctor, for his family.

The home is unique for its Canadian interpretation of the California Arts and Crafts style. It features cedar log pillars, dark plywood abstract bird and salmon light fixtures, a built-in grandfather clock and a bird stained glass window.

William A. Doctor residence historic photo
William A. Doctor residence. Credit: Donald Luxton & Associates/City of Vancouver
William A. Doctor residence
William A. Doctor residence. Credit: Donald Luxton & Associates/City of Vancouver

It was saved from demolition in 2014 and moved to storage in southeast Vancouver. After a lengthy search, the “receiver site” at West 4th and Trimble was purchased in 2015.

The homeowner, Susan Walker, wants to demolish the existing, circa 2000 house on the property, which is made up of two lots.

The smaller, upper lot at West 4th and Trimble would be redeveloped with a new, three-storey plus basement single family home, which would be sold to fund the restoration and relocation of the heritage house. The new single-family dwelling will be a modern design by Birmingham & Wood Architects.

The heritage home would be restored and converted into a two-storey plus basement dwelling containing three units and one secondary suite and placed on the north lot. Walker says the home will be her primary residence, as well as of her family, and will not contain strata units.

Location map
Map of location at West 4th and Trimble Street.
Development application signage
Signage for the development application.
Entrance to the present day home.
Circa 2000s home
The home currently on the property was built in the early 2000s and is in poor condition.
Ocean view
The site has a spectacular ocean view.
Development plan
Development plan showing a new structure on the south lot, and the relocated heritage house on the north lot. Credit: Birmingham & Wood
Architectural plan for the new structure on the south lot. Credit: Birmingham & Wood

According to documents filed with the city, Walker has already spent close to $850,000 on the project.

For more information on the project, visit vancouverheritagehouse.strikingly.com

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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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