It’s not often that you get to snoop through fascinating houses without the risk of a lift to the local precinct but, this Saturday you get that chance.
Every year (for the past 12) the West Vancouver Museum has hosted a rare look into the the modernist architectural heritage of our very own left coast. In past years, the tour has included many remarkable West Coast Modern homes by such notable architects as Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth and Arthur Erickson.
This year is no different. Highlighted by one of the first modernist houses built in Western Canada, this year’s tour will include the Thornton Residence in Caulfeild Cove. Designed by Peter Thornton and Frank Gardiner, and once deemed radical by 1939 design standards, this now-classic two storey post-and-beam home features geometric lines and a functional layout that draws inspirational cues from British modernism as well as the work of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius.
Of particular interest, one of architect Fred Hollingsworth’s ‘Neoteric’ Houses represents another unique home. Rounding out the tour, guests will visit the 1964 Madrona Residence that overlooks Howe Sound, the 1965 Beaton Residence surrounded by towering cedars and the ‘2016 Urban Farm’ residence of the late architect Robert Burgers.
This event is of particular inspiration for us as a company and as lovers of design. Vancouver’s North Shore is a treasure trove of mid-20th Century West Coast Modern residential architecture that helped define home design of our region. This event has become even more important in recent years as many of these unique homes are being demolished at frightening rate as property values escalate.
Many thanks to the West Vancouver Museum for hosting a wonderful event. For tour tickets and details, check out their Facebook page or visit the website.