3409 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6L, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Situated on the northeast corner of the intersection of Arbutus Street and Eighteenth Avenue, the Curry Residence is a one-storey and basement single-family residence.
The Curry Residence is significant primarily because it is a relatively rare example of Mission Style domestic architecture in Vancouver. It is an important resource principally because much of its original form and details, both interior and exterior, are intact and in repairable condition.
Development in this part of Vancouver (originally Point Grey) began in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Built in 1930, this is one of the early houses in this area. Its particular value is as an example of Mission Style architecture, one of a number of architectural styles imported from the west coast of the United States.
The simple wood-frame construction of the building is typical of its time.
The Curry Residence is an unusual variant of the Mission Style with its flat roof and parapet walls on all four sides of the building. More typical of the Mission Style are pitched roofs that terminate at the ends of the parapet walls.
The house represents a simplified, domestic version of Mission Style, an architectural expression originally associated with early Spanish Missions.
Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
The character-defining elements of the Curry Residence include:
- Rough-cast stucco exterior finish
- Parapet walls with intermittent sections of decorative clay tile roof overhangs
- Original tile parapet cap appears to be intact under sheet metal cap flashings
- Wood braces below the tile roof soffits
- Ornate rain water boxes and leaders
- Original chimney projecting from exterior wall and stepped in from foundation to roof with tile or brick caps and ecclesiastical cross motif
- Round-topped stuccoed recesses above window openings
- Largely original window openings with brick or tile sill finish
- Original entry porch with flat roof, iron decorative grilles at roof edges, stucco soffit, and simplified ‘Roman Doric’ columns
- Decorative tile inlay at parapet corners
- Iron guard rails at rear windows (originally casement windows)
- Plaster interior walls and ceilings with cove edges and decorative relief
- Coffered ceiling in dining room with wood beam work
- Original fireplaces in living room and den
- Ecclesiastically inspired pointed arch door openings and wall recesses
- Original oak strip flooring with contrasting inlaid wood pattern at perimeter
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
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
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