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, February 26, 2014

An Original on West 17th Avenue

This  house was for sale off and on since 2011 and was torn down during the week of February 10-14, 2014. Here is what this simple unimproved cottage looked like in August 2011:
A friend who lived nearby took a photo of the rear of the house in August 2013. The two apple trees produced their last apples.
Or maybe not...the trees were dug up just before the demolition by a large truck-mounted tree spade and taken away to a new home somewhere. Or will they be returned to the back yard at 3760 West 17th Avenue?

Now a trip down memory lane!

Knob and tube wiring on a solid wood construction.

Old linoleum.

Monday was laundry day with this ample sink.

Tuesday was ironing day with the ironing board conveniently folding down from the wall in the kitchen.

These bathroom tiles lasted a long time.

A wee leaded glass window (sorry it was night when this was photographed), a picture rail, and cove ceiling.
 Thank you to yet another neighbour for taking these interior shots, just prior to the demolition. Think about all the materials that went to the landfill.

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