Category: Homes of Artists and Architects

The work of Charles Marega (1871-1939)

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Charles Marega died on March 27, 1939.

And, while you may not know his name you will know his work. Those are his two lion statues at the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge. And while the lions may be his most well known work, Charles (or Carlos as he was christened) was a prolific sculptor in Vancouver.

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Arthur Erickson’s House and Garden are on the Endangered List

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Arthur Erickson is one of Canada’s most famous architects, yet his own house and garden ranks #8 on Heritage Vancouver’s top 10 endangered sites for 2014. The following is an excerpt from Sensational Vancouver.

Arthur Erickson’s fingerprints are all over some of Metro Vancouver’s most iconic buildings—the Museum of Anthropology, Simon Fraser University and dozens of residential houses.

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Frederick Horsman Varley’s Lynn Valley (1881-1969)

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One of the best things about messing with history is finding connections, and it’s always exciting when they’re right under your nose. When I found out that Group of Seven artist Fred Varley once lived in an old brown house on Rice Lake road, just minutes from my own, I started poking about in his life and how the few years that he spent teaching and working in Vancouver helped shape art and architecture.

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Emily Carr and the Victoria Day Giveaway

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Emily Carr house has kindly kicked in two admission tickets for our Victoria Day giveaway, which is really fitting, because the artist  figures prominently in Sensational Victoria.

It wasn’t intentional. Emily just kept getting in my head, and turning up in unlikely places. I was intrigued with an Oak Bay cabin that she built in 1913, because while she wrote extensively about all the Carr family properties, she kept this tiny cabin to herself.

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