Home / Accueil

872 Cumberland Crescent

872 Cumberland Crescent, North Vancouver City, Colombie-Britannique, V7P, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1995/07/10

Exterior view of 872 Cumberland Crescent; City of North Vancouver, 2005
Front elevation
Pas d'image
Pas d'image

Autre nom(s)


Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/10/25

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

872 Cumberland Crescent is a one and one-half storey Craftsman style house with a double front-gabled roof. It is one of six equally spaced single-family homes that were built at the same time along Cumberland Crescent, at the crest of a steep hill with panoramic views to the south. Infill houses of a similar scale were later built between each of the original houses. There are several mature cedars on the lot with a mature hedge and a bed of shrubs at the front of the property line, with a number of flowering perennial shrubs as foundation planting.

Valeur patrimoniale

872 Cumberland Crescent is significant as evidence of early suburban development during the "Boom Years" in North Vancouver, prior to the outbreak of the First World War. It was built as part of a row of six speculative houses that demonstrate the continued population growth on the North Shore. These houses were designed in 1911 by architect Herbert Mayer Barker for the McAlpine Robertson Construction Company, a Vancouver-based company that worked across the province on projects that included the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (1915-1918) in Saanich. Scottish-born and trained, Barker (1877-1942) commenced his practice in Vancouver in 1910, but returned to Scotland during the First World War. During his time here, Barker was a resident of the North Shore and lived briefly in one of these houses after they were completed. Five of these houses retain a high degree of integrity and together they represent the typical appearance of a low-density residential street of the Edwardian era. There is an overall unified appearance provided by the common architectural vocabulary, but subtle differences in the individual designs of the houses provide a rich and varied streetscape.

This house is valued as a very good example of the influence of the Craftsman style, the most popular housing style in the Lower Mainland in the early twentieth century. The Craftsman style was typified by rational space planning, the use of natural materials and a mix of traditional design elements inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, such as picturesque rooflines, decorative brackets and a rich textural contrast of siding and shingles.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of 872 Cumberland Crescent include its:
- spatial relationship to the other houses in the original development scheme
- location at the crest of a steep hill, with views to the south across Burrard Inlet
- residential form, scale and massing as expressed by its one and one-half storey plus full basement height and regular, rectangular plan
- wood-frame construction
- side-gabled roof with front-gabled extensions, shed roof over porch and shed roof at rear
- elements of the Craftsman style such as: cedar shingle cladding with bellcast flare on the upper level, contrasted with lower level narrow lapped wooden siding, with belt course between; open eaves with exposed rafter tails; central inset front entry porch with square columns; and a drop finial in the eastern front gable
- additional exterior details such as: wooden front door with stained glass panel and one sidelight; three red brick chimneys (one internal and two external); and louvred attic vent
- regular fenestration with multiple-assembly multi-paned wooden-sash casement windows
- associated landscape elements, such as the mature cedars on the property and shrub massing at the front




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.954

Type de reconnaissance

Répertoire du patrimoine communautaire

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Logement unifamilial


Architecte / Concepteur

Herbert Mayer Barker


McAlpine Robertson Construction

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées



Recherche avancéeRecherche avancée
Trouver les lieux prochesTROUVER LES LIEUX PROCHES ImprimerIMPRIMER
Lieux proches