The housing stock in the Dunbar area of Vancouver has undergone significant change in the past five years. Originally a working class neighbourhood with many quite modest homes surrounded by lovely gardens, it is now a neighbourhood that 99% of the people working in Vancouver cannot afford because the replacement homes are built to the maximum footprint and cost millions. Greenspace has been reduced. Included on this website are photos of many (not all) of the disappeared houses.
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Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Walk on West 34th Avenue

Along West 34th Avenue between Dunbar Street and Blenheim Street, the lots are large, with 50 foot wide frontages in the 3500 block and 60 foot wide frontages in the 3400/3300 block. The original homes were built in the 1920's and are disappearing.

Heading east away from Dunbar Street, we see #3530 built in 1928. This house appears to be remodeled at the front entrance, but the unique roof line is probably original. It was sold in September 2013 for just over $2 million dollars. The first photo is from a dark day in November 2013.

The second photo is from February 2016.

Continuing east, #3425 was built in 1930. It was for sale in 2012 as a "country cottage in the city". Unfortunately, I never got a better photo of this cottage.

Across the street, #3433 has also disappeared. I have no photo of it because I did not expect this 1990 house to be torn down. It sold in September 2014.

A lovely home was built in 1925 at #3341. These are photos from November 2011 and March 2012.

 By January 2016, demolition was beginning.

I'll be taking a future walk on West 34th because I see other 1920's houses slated for demolition.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

English Country Garden

Vancouver Vanishes recently covered the demolition at 3548 West 26th, where mention is made of the English country garden. Because the house sat in the corner of a large lot of 50 by 130 feet, there was a large area for the garden. On February 28, 2016, there were daffodils and crocuses!

There was enough room at the far end for a shady garden of ferns and rhododendrons. Think of all the little creatures that lived there.

But in mid December 2016, the garden was clear-cut. Where did all the little creatures go?
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(photo from Vancouver Vanishes used with permission from Caroline Alderson)
As for the house itself, it was built in 1928 and enjoyed numerous additions over its 88 years.

This stained glass window was a creative touch on one of the additions.

Because the house could barely be seen on West 26th Avenue, a little directional sign was helpful.

The old house exhibited a lot of character and individuality, so people are sorry to see it disappear. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that the replacement house will not last 88 years.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Disappeared Stongs has Reappeared!

Around noon on December 4, 2016, the new Stongs unofficially opened. Word soon got around, and by late afternoon, the store was crowded. Dunbar Street became more lively, after a too-quiet summer and fall without this major anchor store.

Do you remember the old Stongs? 

According to The Story of Dunbar (edited by Peggy Schofield, Ronsdale Press, 2007), Stongs moved from a downtown location to Dunbar in 1955. Dunbar residents are pleased to welcome Stongs back!