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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three Demolitions on West 27th Avenue

Although this house was large and attractive, it was demolished in September 2011. By October, the foundation was under construction, and by November 21, the style of the replacement house is evident.

A few blocks east of the above house, stood this more modest house, with an interesting roof line, until February 2011. It is on a narrow lot, but a taller house was constructed and appears to be finished by October. One wonders if the chafer beetles survived!

The third house borders the east lane behind Dunbar Street, the first house situated on the north side of West 27th Avenue. But it was not the first house on this piece of land. The lot and the one next to it comprised one large lot, and there was a house built on it in 1914. It was torn down and the lot divided into two, and this house was constructed in 1951. This house is not full of character, but if you walk on that block, you will see several of the "first" houses, probably from the 1920's that still retain some original charming character. Let's hope that they remain and are maintained as they are irreplaceable assets to our community. A deforestation project was followed by an asbestos removal project.
I happened to be at the demolition on February 28.

By May, the new house was taking shape, and by October, there is more progress on this large house.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Stone Cottage

I came across this charming stone cottage on a block just east of Dunbar. It is unusual architecture for our area--likely it is quite old. The vegetation around it is a bit out of control, so I doubt it is currently inhabited. The question: will it be demolished and replaced by a new house with less character?