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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Small Footprint

Note the leaded glass in the front windows of this house built in 1927 or 1928 on a nearly 50 foot lot. This photo is from December 2011; the house was torn down in June 2013. A larger house is sure to be built. Will there ever be incentives in our urban environment to retain or construct smaller more modest houses with more permeable green space such as this one?


  1. How, I had no idea all these houses were being torn down. I Grew up in the area, in what might be one of the oldest building. Prior to renovation, 3549 W. 37th was a 2 room cabin built in the 1880's, by the Townsend Family. It is now a much larger house, but still sits on a larger piece of property and further back on the lot than the neighbors. It's sad to see so many old houses being torn down.

  2. Thank you for this information--that is a very interesting place, and it is now being renovated again. It has a lovely setting. I had not heard that there was any house of that age in the area.