Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Feb 11, 2014

You Know This Pile of Dirt - Another West Vancouver Home Demolition


The Baker Residence
Architect Peter Faulkner Smith
Altamont West Vancouver BC
built 1958 - demolished 2014
image Stacy Reynaud

View my post and interior photos of the home from April 2013 
image Stacy Reynaud blueprints from the estate of Faulkner Smith

The home was listed as a significant West Vancouver support building. 
The West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975, (West Vancouver, BC, 1994), pg 88. 
Architect - Peter Faulkner-Smith 
Date - June 1, 1958 
Location - Altamont, West Vancouver, BC 

I'll post a photo of its replacement once it's built.

all images by Stacy Reynaud

Dec 18, 2013

Mid Century Modern BC Binning Home West Vancouver

Binning Home image Stacy Reynaud


Crowdfunding is my latest proposal to save the Binning Home for the public - as Mrs. Binning had bequeathed. Remember I suggested the District of West Vancouver purchase the Binning Home as a marketing and communications expense to compliment the forthcoming West Vancouver Centre for Art and Architecture? Well, only two individuals have stepped up - heritage advocates Kathleen Staples (of the Staples Residence) and Bruno Wall, the nephew of real estate developer Peter Wall - who has been labelled 'partially responsible for Vancouver's City of Glass reputation.' Staples offered up a cheque of $1 million on Friday, December 13th - $600,000 short of Wall's offer of $1.6 million.


On December 13th, the judge (Madam Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick), presiding over the BC Supreme Court fight for the house, stated:


The rubber hits the road regarding who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property. Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have the government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for them.


So, who's with me on this? For purchase, necessary repairs, continuous maintenance, marketing and administration of the home, I suggest a goal of $5 million. Come by the Bijou Living Facebook page to share your ideas.


Read more of my Binning posts from the past three years by searching Binning at the top of the page.

Read the Supreme Court affidavit filed by The Land Conservancy November 13, 2013.

"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
Mr. and Mrs. Binning
 Mr. Binning's studio with original works as well as unfinished ones. Image Stacy Reynaud

Binning's studio Image Stacy Reynaud

Note the high windows to let in the south sunlight on the upper left. Image Stacy Reynaud

The Binning's original Danish furnishings. Image Stacy Reynaud

 South facing back yard. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's room to the left, washroom centre and Mr. Binning's room and studio to the right.
The mural was hand painted by Mr. Binning
image Stacy Reynaud

Mr. Binning's studio. Image Stacy Reynaud

Original mid-century yellow ceramic tiles in the main washroom. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Mrs. Binning's Bedroom - with all her belongings - would they be sent to the Salvation Army if the home was sold? Image Stacy Reynaud

Dining Room of the Binning Home with BC Studio Ceramics. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Original address plate. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's last entry in her day planner dated Friday May 27th 2007.
She died later that year at 101.
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance with one of Binning's murals. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance from the street.
Note the high windows. Mr. Binning's studio is to the right.
Image Stacy Reynaud

South facing back yard - view of Burrard Inlet beyond the mature trees - would they be destroyed to improve the view? Image Stacy Reynaud

 The entire contents of the home belonged to the Binnings - where would it go if the home was sold to a private citizen? Image Stacy Reynaud

 Back yard with trellis and original windows. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Every kitchen needs a window. Private west facing kitchen window. Binning Kitchen. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Original kitchen cupboards in the Binning kitchen. Image Stacy Reynaud

Entrance hall - the Binnings were collectors of Japanese ceramics and BC studio pottery. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

BC Binning's desk drawer - as he left it before he died.
Image Stacy Reynaud

all images © Stacy Reynaud






Nov 16, 2013

BC Binning Residence SOLD


BC Binning Residence, West Vancouver, BC image Stacy Reynaud


A Canadian National Historic site is headed to the Supreme Court on November 18.


I first wrote about the BC Binning home, located in demolition permit happy West Vancouver, in 2010 - the post is below. 


Ironically, I spent Friday at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Awards were presented to x for raising x amount, y for raising y amount, etc. 


The Land Conservancy, the nonprofit that owns the Binning home, is $7.6 million in debt (as I noted back in 2010, they were headed for trouble). 


Listening to the keynote speaker, Dan Pallata (the guy whose TED Talk has over 2.5 million views), break down salaries for top earners in the US blew my mind. 


The developer offered the TLC $1.6 million for the home - rumour is that he bought the house next to the Binning residence. 


Checked out Crack Shack or Mansion lately - there's a Part Deux

You'll see what $1.6 million buys you in Vancouver.


BC Binning is almost always a favourite. He's a local hero. Kate Barron Gallery Manager Art Emporium.

It's too bad the TLC didn't hand the Binning Home over to the District of West Vancouver as they did with the Arthur Erickson designed Baldwin Home in Burnaby in May 2013


West Van is a corporation and could hold it as an asset - not to mention it'd be a perfect public relations and marketing tactic for them. 


Suppose West Van is opening a Centre for Art, Architecture and Design. In that case, you'd think a home listed on the Canadian Historic Sites registry would be a top priority for acquisition. 


Come on West Van - offer the TLC $7.6 million for the Binning Home and write it off as an advertising and marketing expense.



For a story in the Vancouver Sun from 2007 see here.

Nov 5, 2013

Yes - Another West Vancouver Home Demolition - and Chestnut Tree History

There's a cute 1930s home at the end of our block. I always wondered how long it would be before it fell victim to a McMansion. Well, it's yellow-fenced now, so it won't be long. As I was taking photos of the outside, the demolition contractor came by, and we chatted. I asked why the home wasn't being offered up as a demolition sale before it was torn down (I could see furniture, doors and fixtures through the smashed-out windows - much reminisce to this home that I contacted the then West Vancouver Mayor about, but she wouldn't reply. I brought up the issue of sustainable demolition practices with her when we were at the same cocktail event two summers ago - tongue-tied and red-faced, she excused herself. However, it could've been the wine talking). I digress.


The contractor was nice enough. He said the owner felt it wasn't worth it (money-wise) to have a demolition sale. I said it shouldn't be about the money. I also asked him why it was okay for the neighbourhood to be disrespected by having garbage thrown all over the property and not in bins - he said the asbestos removers did it (I don't think they were actually there because the home was just fenced up last Wednesday and you need a work permit and none were posted). Why don't we offer rebates or something to contractors who adhere to sustainable demolition practices? I have no idea. The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver is into making money - albeit at the loss of heritage/culture. I remember the old mayor bragging about issuing a couple hundred demolition permits in one summer alone. After all, there's no financial gain in heritage preservation, correct? I hear the same thing repeatedly - 'It's not worth it [architectural/heritage preservation].'



That big chestnut tree is one of many planted up either side of the entire street. I was told by a neighbour that the trees actually have some protection (although this one isn't cordoned off as it should be). Even BC Hydro couldn't cut them down. Each chestnut tree is groomed straight down the middle of its canopy - the hydro wires pass between the canopy - you can see them in the photo above.


Here's a little history on the infamous trees I pulled from a website here:


The Horse Chestnut trees, lining 17th Street, were planted by the Boy Scouts on May 24, 1935 to raise funds for their organization. The trees were donated by the Provincial government, and local home owners were encouraged to sponsor a tree for 25 cents. Many people associate the planting with a visit by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts. However, although the Baden-Powells toured Vancouver in 1935, they did not visit West Vancouver in an official capacity. The double rows of these ornamental shade trees frame shaded avenues up 17th Street past the Gertrude Lawson House and Municipal Hall, and up 14th Street past Hollyburn School. The species is native to Greece and Albania, and can grow as large as 30 meters tall. Over the years, the trees have succumbed to a number of diseases, compounded by heavy pruning resulting from their initial planting directly under electrical wires. As early as 1980, there were problems with falling branches and debris, and obstructions for bus routes. On April 19, 2004, Mayor Ron Wood, former Boy Scouts Jack Leyland and John Gibson, resident Katerine Dickinson and the 2nd West Vancouver Boy Scout Troop planted a new tree and unveiled a rock bearing two commemorative plaques to mark the beginning of a program to replace trees that had been lost over time.

all images by Stacy Reynaud

The contractor took me on a little tour of the house so I could take some quick photos with my phone.


Original 1930s dining room chandelier - headed to the dump.


Bedroom chandeliers. I mentioned he should take these for his sixteen year old daughter's bedroom.



Bathroom. The toilet and sink were dumped on the lawn.


I didn't want to go down there.


Original immaculate hand laid oak hardwood floors


Original hardwood flooring - headed for the dump.


The kitchen. Not sure why there's a big hole in the middle of the floor.


Front room. Original 1930s French doors with glass, iron and the original glass door knobs (with brass). Also, headed for the dump.


One of those ceramic fake log fireplaces. Look at the mantle piece. All original and headed for the dump. See how gorgeous the flooring is!


Another door headed for the dump.


Look at those oak floors. I want to cry. The contractor said it's too much work to pull them up so they'll be demolished with the house.



Original flooring. It must've been restored at some time because it was in immaculate condition.


There was probably carpet over this one. Pine perhaps? Headed for the dump.


Gorgeous corner lot with mature trees - okay it needs a little TLC but big deal. The contractor said the new house wasn't going to be 'too big'. I'll keep you posted on that!


There's a full bamboo hedge - that will be headed to the dump.

Sep 17, 2013

Hemingway Tree House Residence | Piece of West Van Significant Architecture For Sale

Noted as a secondary building in the Survey of Significant West Vancouver Architecture, the Hemingway Tree House is now on the market SOLD for 1.6 million. Three storeys of 1977 architectural bliss! The home is a hop, skip and a jump away from the iconic 1966 Staples Residence. The home is hard to see from the road but take a drive by anyway - watch out for all the demolition going on though.




all images © Robert Crowe







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