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Gill Residence

1617 Grand Boulevard, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/07/10

Exterior view of the Gill Residence, 2004; City of North Vancouver, 2004
Front elevation
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Construction Date(s)

1911/01/01 to 1912/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/02/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Gill Residence is a two and one-half-storey plus basement wood-frame house with a stone-clad ground floor, set in a mature garden and situated in the low-density suburban development of Grand Boulevard.

Heritage Value

The Gill Residence is valued as a part of the Grand Boulevard development, North Vancouver's most prominent garden subdivision, designed to attract affluent and prominent families to the North Shore of Burrard Inlet. Planning and development was initiated in 1906 by the North Vancouver Land and Improvement Company. Following the lessons of the disastrous fires caused by that year's San Francisco earthquake, Grand Boulevard was laid out as a generous fire break. Prestige was guaranteed through minimum construction cost standards and restrictions on buildings and landscaping. Grand Boulevard is now part of a rectilinear system of boulevards and parks known as North Vancouver's "Green Necklace," which also includes Ottawa Gardens, Victoria Park and Mahon Park.

The heritage value of the Gill Residence is associated with its place as one of the earliest of the stately homes built along Grand Boulevard at the beginning of the twentieth century, its first phase of development. The monumental scale of the house is enhanced by its Edwardian era architecture, masonry details, symmetrical massing and horizontal proportions.

The Gill Residence is also significant for its association with its original owner, James C. Gill, who was a well-known public figure in North Vancouver. Gill was a Councillor for the District of North Vancouver from 1901 to 1904, and Reeve from 1904 to 1905.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Gill Residence include its:
- cubic form, monumental scale and symmetrical massing
- setback from street on a large property
- random ashlar base at foundation and ground level
- bellcast hipped roof on square plan
- central front dormer with hipped roof
- overhanging eaves with brackets
- central front entrance porch with paired turned columns and upper balcony above
- double-hung wooden-sash windows, 6-over-1 on the second floor
- decorative glass such as bevelled glass sidelights at front entry
- projecting square corner window bays on the second floor
- prominent brick chimneys
- bellcast cedar shingle siding on second floor
- garden setting including mature plant material, and wooden fence and hedge along the property boundary



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Governing Canada
Politics and Political Processes
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

N.A. Kearns



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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