1550 Harwood Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Blair House is a Neo-Georgian two-storey house located on the slope down to English Bay on Harwood Street just east of Cardero Street in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver.
The heritage value of the Blair House lies in its contextual, architectural and associative significance.
The house is principally valuable for being a surviving example of a modest home in the West End. Now surrounded by mid- to high-rise development, the modestly-sized house set on its simple lawn dramatizes the physical and social changes of the West End since its beginnings as a suburb of detached single-family dwellings for a predominantly British population.
Built in 1921, the Neo-Georgian, restrained detailing and unusual side-facing entrance make the house a valuable atypical example of residential architectural design in the West End, an area that was predominantly built before the First World War in the Arts and Crafts bungalow idiom.
The house is important for its association with its first owner and architect. Lieutenant- Colonel Robert Mills 'Bulls-eye' Blair of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, who later was the toast of Canada and gained fame within the British Empire for being the first double winner of the King’s Prize and Grand Aggregate awards when he won the British Empire rifle matches at the Bizley Rifle Range in 1929. He commissioned the respectable local firm Twizell Birds and Twizell for the design of this conservatively conceived house. Blair, with his wife Sarah Dorothy Blair, lived out his life in this house.
Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Blair House’s Neo-Georgian architectural design include its:
- location close to English Bay on Harwood Street between Nicola and Cardero Streets in Vancouver’s West End
- residential form expressed by its two-storey scale, front and side elevations
- simple front lawn
- the hipped roof
- facades with stucco exterior cladding
- restrained overall appearance
- large simple window design with regular divided lites
- atypical composition and detailing, including the side entrance, off-centre bay window facing the street, battered pillar details at front porch, and austere detailing
City of Vancouver
Vancouver Charter, s.582
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Twizell Birds and Twizell
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
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