Tuesday, July 23, 2019

North Shore Heritage Society's Summer Tea Vinson House July 21st, 2019

A few months ago, I was asked by Peter Miller of the North Shore Heritage Society if they could hold their summer tea at Vinson House on July 21st. While I was hoping the house would be sold by then, I happily agreed, since who better to show off our handiwork than to members of a heritage society and their friends.  The invitation was subsequently sent out and read as follows:

     We hope that you can join us at the North Shore Heritage Society’s Summer Tea on July 21st from 1-4 pm at the Vinson House at 1425 Gordon Ave, West Vancouver. 
     As one of the first houses constructed in the Upper Hollyburn area, the Vinson House is a vital piece in West Vancouver’s rich history. Originally built in 1913 for Valient Vivian Vinson, renowned photographer and Reeve of West Vancouver, this iconic Craftsman Style home enjoyed considerable significance and prestige over the years. Its decorative elements and exceptional construction saw it featured in a West Vancouver Publicity Program in 1918 and it was honored with a Heritage Achievement Award in 1997.
     The Vinson House project is an excellent example of a successful Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) in West Vancouver by Michael Geller, a well-known Vancouver architect, planner and developer, and Trasolini Chetner, a respected developer and builder of high-quality homes and innovative infill and heritage revitalization projects. The heritage house has been fully restored with the addition of a garden level suite and 2 new detached cottages surrounded by Edwardian style gardens.
     A tea party is not complete without fancy headgear so please wear your fanciest fascinator! There will be prizes for best male & female hats. We will also be playing fun summer games in the garden so be ready for some friendly competition!
     Tea sandwiches, goodies and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

I am pleased to report that the good weather and interest in the house resulted in a very good turnout. Many paid attention to the invitation and showed up in appropriate headgear and other fancy dress. It was gratifying to hear the positive response to our restoration of the heritage house, as well as the fine comments about the two infill houses that are also still for sale. Below are some photos. Next year you can come to the Major Rush House, if the owner agrees!  



Unknown said...

Michael, everything you do, you do in good taste with infectious enthusiasm. Congratulations, and cheers, John Bruk

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