Monday, February 28, 2011

East Side VS West Side

I took some of these photos last summer. This is on East 10 Street and the house address reads 1552 but the heritage plaque has an address of 1554. Because I had taken the photo so long ago I had to do more research to make sure I had the right house before I wrote on it.

This home was built around 1912 - architect and builder unknown - and rehabilitated in 1997 by Edward LeFlufy. Some structural restoration was necessary especially the square columned veranda.

LeFlufy kept the components that make this wood frame construction home unique. Like the stylistic touches such as the clapboard siding, the wood sash windows and the veranda's overhanging eaves with decorative brackets.

Still in the Grandview area is this home on Odlum Street.

John L. McKenzie completed this Edwardian Builder home in 1910. (He also built three other homes on Odlum)

Through the 1920s and some of the 1930s this home was rented out to many working class families although for a while during the Great Depression it was vacant.

From 1940 through to the late 1980s this was the home to various immigrants: Estonian, Yugoslav and then Italian. By 1999 this home was in serious disrepair and in dire need of restoring. The owners spent the next few years rehabilitating it, including the elegantly columned front porch.

In 2007 the house was painted in authentic colors from the time period in which it was built. This was done as part of Vancouver Heritage Foundation's True Colours Program.

Now I am going to go back to the West End and show you some more from there.

This is the Roedde House on Barclay Street. It is part of the Barclay Heritage Square.

Architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury built this Queen Anne style house in 1893 for his friend and our city's first bookbinder, German born Gustav Roedde. (Rattenbury is also responsible for the design of the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria and Vancouver's Courthouse - now the Art Gallery on Georgia Street)

In 1980 the City of Vancouver began restoring the exterior and it was at that time the Roedde House Preservation Society was formed and their mission was to restore and furnish the interior. The society collected the Victorian-Edwardian furnishings that show the family life at the time this home was built.

On May 16, 1990 Roedde House Museum was opened by then Mayor Gordon Campbell as Vancouver's first house museum.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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