Saturday, September 24th 2016
Tour 1pm – 5pm, Reception 5pm – 7pm
*Prices do not include GST
Join us to explore the iconic West Coast architectural movement: Mid-Century Modernism. Inspired by the innovative Modernist style, Mid-Century Modernism embraces clean lines and a close relationship with nature. In Vancouver we enjoyed a specific adaptation in West Coast Modernism which made use of our abundant local natural resources and incredible landscape. In 2016, we look at examples of this significant design movement found in Vancouver including the impressive Friedman Residence. Designed by Fred Laserre in 1953 for Dr. and Mrs. Sydney Friedman, this split-level home is uniquely fit into an irregular lot at UBC. It recently came on the market and many were concerned the small scale of the home compared to the large lot would make it quick to be demolished. However a buyer passionate for the style scooped it up and it will now be featured on our tour.
Also on the tour is an intriguing example of later Mid-Century Modernism in a 1982 Dalla Lana-Griffin designed home. Ray Griffin and Fred Dalla-Lana are representative of a second wave of architects taking off where earlier Modernists left off. Having learned from the masters such as Arthur Erickson and Barry Downs, Griffin and Dalla-Lana’s early homes updated many of Erickson’s design aesthetics. This home shows the development of Mid-Century Modernism and how it continues to influence contemporary architecture.
Feature photo credit: Selwyn Pullan for Western Living Magazine, 1955.
Are you interested in taking a VHF house tour but not sure what to expect? Read our First Timer’s Guide to House Tours here.
Do you or someone you know live in a house that may be a good fit for one of our tours? We are continually searching for great examples of heritage or character, mid-century modern design, sympathetic lane homes behind heritage homes, or renovated Vancouver Specials to open on our tours. If you’d like to know more, or have your home considered for inclusion on a future tour, contact us 604 264 9642 or by email.
The Wong House Update:
Open on the 2014 tour, the Wong House is a lovely Mid-Century Modern home designed by Henry Lee who worked for Duncan McNab. Built for the parents of known philanthropist and businessman Milton Wong, the home has been passed down through three generations of the Wong Family. The home has heritage value for its association to Milton Wong, as well as its architecture. It also benefits from landscape design by internationally renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who has been responsible for several projects around Vancouver including Robson Square. The Wong House was her second commission in Vancouver and still features all the original design elements. The only change to her original plan is a carp pond that replaced a patch of lawn.
The Wong House was recently purchased from the Wongs by Pennyfarthing Homes who are looking at incorporating the home into a new housing development. The proposed design would designate the home, maintain it as a single-family residence and retain much of the original landscaping. The proposal also includes a 7 storey tower and a laneway home at the rear of the site.