214 West 6th Street
214 West 6th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Built on the north side of the Ottawa Garden subdivision, 214 West 6th Street is a two-storey wood-frame Italianate-style residence with a three storey entry tower, set within a mature landscape.
The house at 214 West 6th Street is valued as an integral part of the Ottawa Gardens 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. Prestige was guaranteed through minimum construction cost standards and restrictions on buildings and landscaping. Ottawa Gardens is now part of a rectilinear system of boulevards and parks known as North Vancouver's "Green Necklace," which also includes Grand Boulevard, Victoria Park and Mahon Park.
214 West 6th Street is valued for its direct association with the North Vancouver Land and Improvement Company. Built as the showhome for Ottawa Gardens, the unusual architecture of this house was intended to attract attention to the new neighbourhood and to create an example of the grand scale of development that was intended for the area.
214 West 6th Street is also significant for its Italianate style, which was rare in the Lower Mainland. It is distinguished by a prominent three-storey tower at the entry. Its conspicuous presence in the neighbourhood is heightened by its exaggerated proportions and multiple roof lines.
Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver
Key elements that define the heritage character of 214 West 6th Street include its:
- irregular form, imposing scale and asymmetrical massing
- relation to the central boulevard
- prominent three-storey tower at the entry
- hipped roof with broad, projecting roof lines and multiple eave brackets
- double-hung 1-over-1 wood-sash windows, double-assembly in the tower and quadruple-assembly on the front facade
- narrow lapped wooden siding with cornerboards, with stucco panel insets on the front facade
- features of the Italianate style such as the multiple eave brackets, vertical proportions and low hipped roof
- later entry porch built to enhance the entry
- 1907 date plaque on the west facade
- mature landscape features such as hedges and trees that provide an appropriate setting
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver
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