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

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Modern House, Demolished

Do you remember these creative sculptures? An artist must have lived here.

I couldn't get a good view of this secluded modern (1960's?) house, likely very nice in its time but not so well maintained in its later years.
The place was sold for over $2,500,000. As of December 15, there is a huge foundation underway on this 66x130 lot. A neighbour told me that the proposal was for 6 bedrooms and baths in the basement, but it is unclear if this was approved, although neighbours responded disapproving of aspects of the proposal. A landmark locust tree was to be saved in the front, but it was then ruined (sorry...) by an excavator. Probably torn down in November 2013.

PS from December 2015: Caroline Anderson has written a chapter about this house in her book, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival, published in November. The chapter includes intriguing photos of the interior, which she found intact with the 1960's furniture. The house was built in 1953 and belonged to G. Desmond Muirhead, a renown landscape designer. So, I was correct about an artist living there!

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