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.
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.
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