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City of Vancouver Heritage Award

2009 / Award of Merit

Project: Renovation of the existing “Pasadena Craftsman” style character house including extensive landscaping and interior renovations.
Style: Pasadena Craftsman
Date: circa 1922
Original Architect: James P. Gadd
Original Owners: James Parson Gadd
Vancouver Heritage Register Status: Not Listed


6583 Marguerite Street-originally 6583 Markham Street-was built in 1922 by Cedar Cove Sash and Door superintendent James Parson Gadd. James P. Gadd was born in Durham, Ontario on December 13, 1885. James Gadd came to Vancouver in 1906 where he married Annie Irene McGill in Vancouver’s Chalmer’s Presbyterian Church.


James P. Gadd applied for water service for his new Markham Street house on January 3, 1922. The same day he applied for a building permit. The building permit application records that the estimated cost of the house was $8,000.00 and that James P. Gadd was the architect. The contractor for the project was Dalbert F. Nunn. The Gadd house on the now called Marguerite Street had a very unfortunate renovation in the 1980’s which ruined some of the interior character of the house. The original porte cochere was filled in for a garage (facing Marguerite) and a master bedroom was added to the main floor immediately behind the garage. The existing basement of the house had a very low ceiling (quite unusable) and the second floor had only two very small bedrooms.


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City of Vancouver Heritage Award

2007 / Award of Merit

Project: Renovation of the existing heritage house and the construction of an infill dwelling.
Style: English Arts and Crafts
Date: circa 1912
Original Architect: Sharp and Thompson
Original Owners: Mary Adelaide & Henry Edgeworth Hanning
Vancouver Heritage Register Status: Heritage “B”


Slated for demolition in 2005 this lovely old Arts and Crafts house was instead completely restored, with a compatible duplex infill built adjacent to the south. The redevelopment of the property included re-subdividing the land by turning the north-south subdivision (the property line went through the middle of the heritage house) to become and east-west subdivision running behind the house. The house was raised by almost two feet to allow for a basement suite, but otherwise the original quirks and heritage features were left untouched. These changes were made as part of a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the City.


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Interior Designers Institute – Award of Excellence




cafe + gallery


The concept for this project, and for the company that created it, was to integrate a variety of art forms and bring them together in a cafe setting in order to create a unique, high quality, and cross cultural customer experience. This was a difficult task considering the awkward and irregular space which was leased for the project.


The space is a ground level commercial space below five floors of condominiums, and in its raw state had quite a variety of plumbing and electrical drops in an already limited ceiling space. The combination of a small irregular space and one directional natural light (east only) presented problems in creating the drama desired. The resulting design approach chosen was to; sculpt the space into interesting forms, pay great attention to the details through carefully considered industrial design elements, and to create dramatic effects with lighting design.



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