An English Tudor house built in 1922, by Townley Matheson, the architectural firm that designed Vancouver City Hall and Grey Point Secondary has been given temporary heritage protection while the city determines whether it merits conservation.
This ‘Electric Model Home’ has been vacant for three years and could be facing the wrecking ball, but the city’s planning director has ordered a heritage inspection of the historic property at 1550 West 29th St.
This is the first time a heritage inspection has been ordered by the City, which is making use of its ability to do so thanks to a bylaw that was approved last September. The order remains in effect for a maximum of 30 days and the results of the inspection are to be reported to city council May 31.
During that time, the house can’t be altered, damaged or moved.
The 4,592 square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom “Electric Model Home,” in Vancouver’s prestigious Shaughnessy neighbourhood was just listed for $7.38-million.
The house was listed on this year’s Top 10 Watch List by Heritage Vancouver.
It is not listed on the city’s heritage register.
It was the first Western Canadian home used to showcase the use of modern electricity.