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Finances & Real Estate Fairy Tale House, Gnome Cottage, Hobbit House on King Edward

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by milquetoast, May 7, 2013.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    It's for sale! http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?propertyId=13110300&PidKey=-407447034

    I think the style of these houses are formally called Storybook Cottage

    587 W King Edward Ave in South Cambie
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2C4


    From "Exploring Vancouver" by Harold Kalman, Ron Phillips and Robin Ward:
    "A cozy Cotswold cottage was the model for this quaint residence. The undulating shingle roof imitates thatching; and half-timbering, rubble stonework, and stucco complete the fairy-tale imagery. Builder Brenton T. Lea built several speculative houses like this. Architect Ross A. Lort may have provided the design."

    There are two other houses finished in a similar fairy tale style.

    3979 West Broadway in Point Grey
    Vancouver, BC V6R 2C2


    885 Braeside Street on Sentinel Hill
    West Vancouver, BC V7T 2K7

  2. lumix

    lumix Full Member

    You beat the Metro Newspaper, this house is featured in today's Metro's front page.
  3. It's for sale again with pictures of the renovated interior: https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22033884/587-w-king-edward-avenue-vancouver

    The James Residence, built in 1942, is valued for its “Storybook Cottage” and timeless Arts and Crafts style architecture, its association with architect Ross Anthony Lort, and with builder Brenton T. Lea.The “Storybook Cottage” architecture of the James Residence is an illustration of enduring, traditional domestic ideals.

    The “Storybook Cottage” style derived from period revival styles that were popular between the two World Wars. At the time, houses were expected to display some sort of historic reference, in order to demonstrate the owner’s good taste. This was especially prominent along the boulevards of West King Edward Avenue and Cambie Street, which intersect near the James Residence.

    An English Arts and Crafts influence is shown in the half-timbering in the front gable and in the diamond-patterned leaded casement windows of the James Residence. A more generalized, romantic, “Storybook Cottage” influence is visible in the rough rubble masonry used for the front chimney and quoins, as well on in the roof, which is meticulously crafted from hand-bent cedar wood shingles, cut and layered upon one another, giving the appearance of a thatched roof.

    In 2017 the James Residence was awarded a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour, recognizing the high degree of retention and thoughtful restoration of the one-of-a-kind residence.

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