It is an example of a two and a one-half storey, front gabled Arts and Crafts residence with a two-storey front verandah. It is distinctive because of its stone foundation, lapped wooden siding and cedar shingle siding, Arts and Crafts detailing and multi paned wooden sash casement windows with stained glass panels.
(Obviously this residence has been renovated but according to the photo I found on Bob's_2006 photostream on Flickr.com, the building looks very much the same - just cleaned up and a few minor changes.)
In the years before the First World War, rampant speculative development resulted in the consistent style and construction of many of the city's historic streetscapes. The Condie Residence is a valued representation of Vancouver's Edwardian-era economic boon. It was a massive expansion of residential buildings but it was brought to a screeching halt with the economic depression of 1913 and then the start of World War I in 1914.
Numerous periodicals and plan books popularized this style. Both traditional aspects of the Arts and Crafts movement as well as modernized techniques were showcased in these books. It is likely that the Condie Residence was built according to a pattern in one of the plan books. This residence represents many typical design features and is part of a consistent streetscape in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
This residence is also valued for its connection to local contractor James Bruce Arthur, who was responsible for many residential projects in the Mount Pleasant and Kitsilano neighbourhoods. The Condie Residence is one of the larger examples of speculative houses that Arthur built to resell immediately in those boom years. It is also an example of how the streetcar suburbs were quickly and consistently developed.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Condie Residence, history, James Bruce Arthur, British Columbia