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Vancouver, BC

Featured Building: Anderson Walk

Large timbers guard the entrance to Anderson Walk
The plot of land that this development sits on has a long and storied past. It was the former site of Lonsdale Elementary School built in 1910. The school was a typical school house clad with stucco built on a stone masonry base consisting of two levels and a sub-basement level.

Anderson Walk was so named to honour the memory and contributions of Henrietta Anderson, a former principal of Lonsdale Elementary School in the 1920s, where she worked until 1933.

Anderson arrived from Scotland in 1912 as a 'mail-order-bride', not uncommon for that era, only to discover that her supposed fiancé had married someone else. Rather than return home to be pitied, she stayed.

Over the course of her teaching career, she became one of BC's most respected teachers. While at work at Lonsdale Elementary, she earned her PhD. Anderson Walk pays tribute to this little known icon of North Vancouver's history.

However, over the century, building codes evolved. Modern homes, institutions, and retail buildings have improved fire and safely technologies built it. Safer building materials are now employed and consideration is being given to natural occurrences such as severe weather events and earthquakes.

Two other old school buildings in the district underwent 'seismic upgrading', which essentially guts a building and rebuilds it from the inside out following modern safety codes and building standards. This leaves the historic facade intact. Lonsdale Elementary School was too small a structure to consider this option as it would have been cost prohibitive. So, just as the grand old school began its second century, it met the wrecking ball instead, to make way for the new housing development.

Anderson Walk follows the West Coast Contemporary style of architecture made popular in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Most of the materials selected are locally obtained and colour schemes follow nature's palette choosing earth tones, grays and greens. The wood frame development is comprised of 234 units with five levels above grade and one below.


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Electra - Once the Headquarters of BC Hydro (whose rooftop was former home of the 12 o'clock horn), this building was converted into downtown condos in the mid-1990s.

Beasley - Named after the City of Vancouver's former city planner and inductee to the Order of Canada, Larry Beasley.

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