From Heritage House Tour 2017:
"Mains was an active builder across Vancouver, constructing more than a dozen houses during the building boom from 1911 to 1913. He built twin homes
at 3555 and 3561 W 5th Avenue and 2744 and 2750
Prince Edward Street, in Craftsman style with a distinctive half-timbering design in the front gable. Several
of his houses were demolished for redevelopment
near Vancouver General Hospital some decades ago
but others still stand across the city. This one on W
36th Avenue is in the classic Craftsman style with side
gables, a full-width inset porch, shingle cladding and
second-floor sleeping porch.
The house had seen at least 10 different owners before
the current owners purchased it in 1990. It was advertised as land value only but they were experienced in
restoration and saw the potential to save it. Working in
stages over several years, they began with a new roof
and wiring. They reconfigured the second floor, subdivided by a previous family with eight children, and rebuilt walls that had been removed in the living room.
Throughout, original mouldings, wainscoting and windows were stripped of layers of paint and refinished.
The sleeping porch was opened up again where it had
previously been enclosed as a small office, and a rear
sleeping porch was converted to a bedroom during a
renovation that also enlarged the kitchen and created
a master ensuite. The basement was dug out to accommodate a guest suite. Furnishings and wallpapers
have been chosen to complement the era and style of
the house and their consistency belies the many modifications it had seen over the years. A steady process
of updating and careful restoration has revealed the
character and craftsmanship of this century-old home."