Erickson’s “Graham House” demolition moving ahead

The latest on the Arthur Erickson “Graham House” saga is that the District of West Vancouver has decided to go ahead and issue a permit to the site’s owners.

A last minute request to have the house put on the city’s heritage registry was sadly denied this week. And according to the North Shore News, the city’s mayor, Pam Goldsmith-Jones, denied the plea because she was afraid of setting a precedent in her city.

Let me reiterate: this is a bad decision. Letting the demolition go forward is something West Vancouver will regret for years.

What’s surprising is the relative quiet over this matter, however. Perhaps it will take the sight of bulldozers to make people realize the significance of this matter?

December 3 UPDATE: The relative quiet is giving way to a bit of noise. West Vancouver resident Ari Mensurian has made statements to various media in Metro Vancouver that he will be chaining himself to the Graham House property before the demolition crews arrive — and invites like-minded heritage enthusiasts to do likewise.



Filed under Architecture, Heritage, Protest, Vancouver

4 responses to “Erickson’s “Graham House” demolition moving ahead

  1. Sean Pearson

    I would like express my sincerest condolences to the city of Vancouver for the loss of one of it’s truly great pieces of residential architecture. With the vast amount of land within BC, and the equally vast wealth of the family that own this property, I do not understand or fathom the reasoning behind the demolition of this house. The owners could have easily built a bog box house in any number of locations or properties – why did they have to destroy something of such beauty that has inspired so many Canadians and designers?

  2. PT

    Wealth cannot buy taste and sophistication. The architect who is building the replacement house on this site will have some big shoes to fill, let alone the pressure from all his/her peers.

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