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.
View Teardowns in the Dunbar area of Vancouver, BC in a larger map

Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Monday, March 24, 2014

Some Old Houses Near Dunbar Street

Many of the oldest houses in the Dunbar area were built in the first few blocks next to Dunbar Street. Three of them were derelict and have recently been demolished. The first one, built in 1915, sat at 3641 West 27th Avenue. The exterior details of this house had not been modified over the years; it is interesting to see the original character because many houses of this era have had their porches enclosed along with other changes, such as replacement windows. Note the lovely window in the front door. In recent months, the roof was covered by canvas, and the house was looking sadder by the minute. It was torn down January 13, 14, or 15, 2014.

These two sat next to each other just east of Dunbar Street on West 39th. This first one was on the corner, at 3593; the second, at 3583. According to the BC Assessment website, both were built in 1925. By the time I got these photos on a rainy February 22, they were prepared for demolition, so it is difficult to see their character. They were demolished in early March 2014. But thanks to Vancouver Vanishes, there is a better photo of 3593.

PS on November 22, 2014: a viewer of this blog sent me images from Google streetview of 2009 of the above two houses. Here they are, with all their heritage charm:

This one, in better condition, at 3475 West 22nd was built in 1924. The camellia was blooming in late March 2011, but it won't be blooming in 2014, since I doubt it was transplanted as it was still there on February 28. The house was torn down early March 2014.

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