This walk is perfect for those who want to learn about the interesting architecture in Vancouver. The West End has a significant number of buildings with hertiage desginations including some of the family mansions built in the 1890's and early 1900's. Take a walk along tree lined streets that give the feeling of a quiet residential area in the heart of the city
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The West End community is one of the oldest residential areas in Vancouver. In the late 1890’s and early 20th century, this was the upscale neighbourhood in Vancouver. Many large family mansions were built then slowly replaced by low rise apartment buildings. Today there is a mix of old mansions, homes and heritage apartments throughout the West End.
This route travels along city sidewalks with curb ramps, and through green spaces including public gardens and Nelson Park. These areas are all wheelchair accessible.
Points of interest
- Manhattan Apartments
- Haro Street
- Barclay Street
- Barclay Manor
- 900 Nicola Street
- 1100 Nicola Street
- The Rogers family mansion
- Thomas Fee House
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Mole Hill
- Dr Peter Centre and Rand House
Built in the 2nd renaissance revival style, it was the first Vancouver apartment building made of brick. It was six stories high and one of Vancouver’s first skyscrapers. It was saved and restored by residents in the 1970s. Step inside the light-welled courtyard and you see the original stained glass, oriel windows, doric columns, and exaggerated cornice line.
Architects - Parr and Fee
1230 Haro St
This adjacent apartment building is an example of postmodernism. It was designed to reflect the style of the Beaconsfield. The buildings flank a pedestrian greenway conceived by City planners to create a traffic calming effect and a more walkable community.
Architect - Oberti Oberto
1351 Barclay St
This building was built in 1904 in the Queen Anne style. It is a Heritage level A building. Note the veranda detail which includes columns and intricate railings. In 2006, it was completely refurbished and updated. This mansion is now a five star bed and breakfast with each room decorated in a West Coast theme. It is open for rentals and tours.
Weeks House - 1459 Barclay St
This modest Queen Anne mansion was built for Vancouver grocer George Weeks. It is situated on a corner lot and has a unique asymmetrical design with two fronts, two pitched roofs, shingled columns and a wrap-around porch.
900 Nicola Street
Fire Hall No. 6 - 1000 Nicola St
After the great fire of 1886, Vancouver developed an excellent fire department. This was one of the first fire stations built to accommodate motor vehicles. It was designed in a Spanish Revival style showcasing symmetry and regularity. The tower is used for hanging and drying the fire hoses.
Architects - Honeyman and Curtis
The Rogers family mansion
The Rogers Family of “sugar king” fame had this mansion built in 1901 by Vancouver’s first home grown architect: Samuel Maclure. He designed this mansion in an “Arts and Crafts” style using local material such as stone from Gabriola Island. It has nine fire places, stained glass windows and a large staircase. It is the last of the community’s grand mansions.
Thomas Fee House
Thomas Fee House and Red Brick addition - 1411 Pendrell St
The Queen Anne building (Parr and Fee), built in 1904, on the right was renovated to include the red brick bay windows on the left. The addition, built in 1994, was designed in an attempt to blend the heritage building with the red brick apartments next door.
St Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral - 1130 Jervis St
Built in 1905, this wooden gothic revival building is modeled on a typical English Parish church. It has a sandstone foundation with shingle walls and stained glass windows by Henry Bloomfield. An inside labyrinth is similar to the one at Chartres.
1137 Pendrell St – This restored Queen Anne house has elaborate detailing in the gable.
A neighbourhood greenway is located along the east side of the building and connects Pendrell St. with Comox St. The greenway gardens display flora native to BC.
Dr Peter Centre and Rand House
Rand House - 995 Bute St
This stately three storey Victorian house, built in 1899, has a wrap-around veranda and top storey turret. In 2007, Birmingham and Woods Architects sensitively restored the house and received a City of Vancouver heritage award.