Category: Heritage buildings

The Museum at the Pipe Shop

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Can you think of a better fit for the Pipe Shop than an interactive cultural history museum? I can’t, and I’m furious that a mayor and a couple of North Vancouver City councillors were able to scuttle years of work and planning.

The Pipe Shop is part of the shipyard development at the foot of Lonsdale, next to the SeaBus and what will be the new Presentation House (Polygon Gallery).

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Fred Hollingsworth’s Sky Bungalow

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If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of West Coast Modern, and especially of Fred Hollingsworth, an amazing North Vancouver architect who died this year at age 98 after changing the face of architecture.

But it wasn’t until I was at the West Vancouver Museum this summer that I heard the story behind the Sky Bungalow.

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West End Guest House: one of the last ones standing

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Wandering down Haro Street in Vancouver’s West End, it’s a welcome surprise to come across the West End Guest House, a gorgeous Edwardian nestled in a sea of ugly, non-descript apartment buildings.

It’s one of the few houses that managed to survive the apartment blitz of the 1950s when the City of Vancouver removed the six-storey height limit, and instead of repairing and repurposing these character houses, the West End lost dozens of sturdy old places, built from first growth timber and stone and crafted by stonemasons.

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Vancouver’s top five heritage inns

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Occasionally it’s nice to celebrate heritage buildings that have survived the bulldozers and are being used in interesting ways. One of my favourites is the quirky Corkscrew Inn.

  • Corkscrew Inn, Kitsilano
  • Wayne Meadows was on his way to buy some bread one day in 2001 when he saw a For Sale sign outside a 1912 house, just three houses away from his own home.

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