Anderson Walk

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159 West 22nd Street, North Vancouver, BC

Anderson Walk

Builders preserved the old trees in front of Anderson Walk
Building Information
Developer Polygon
Architect Raymond Letkeman Architect Inc.
Management Company AWM Alliance
Number of Units 234
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 2012
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Torch-on
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159 West 22nd Street, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning CD-578
Title of Land Freehold Strata



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.[1]



Anderson Walk is located at 159 West 22nd Street on a quiet street one block from Lonsdale Avenue, the main north-south street of North Vancouver. It has multiple entrances along its one block length and shares the addresses of 119 and 139 West 22nd Street.

Coming home to Anderson Walk
Lonsdale Avenue runs up and down the centre of North Vancouver. Addresses to the east commence with the 100 block East And increase. Addresses to the west begin with 100 and increase in the opposite direction. Anderson Walk is located at 159 West 22nd Street, so distance to the main road of North Vancouver is short.

There's nothing like being in the centre of it all. Well, perhaps, a little off centre, but only by a couple of blocks. Within a two or three block area on Lonsdale Avenue, there are markets, a fish shop, a London Drugs (A place for prescriptions, electronics, household goods, cosmetics, and even food), and for a dinner out, there's Hell's Pizza.

As for activities, Anderson Walk lies cater-corner to the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, a health and fitness facility for the community with a pool, cross training weight room, ice arena, and numerous programs for all ages.

Adjacent to the recreation centre, is the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, an established icon in the community for 100 years. There are also a pair of outdoor tennis courts for the public. On 23rd Street opposite the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, is a running track at Norseman Park and a community Skate Park - for those closet skateboarders.

Access to the Trans-Canada Highway is two blocks away for journeys further up the coast of British Columbia or the other way for journeys inland. Green spaces, churches, and schools abound in this largely residential area of North Vancouver while still providing privacy and easy access to neighbourhood amenities.


A model of the structures that make up Anderson Walk
Lonsdale Elementary School, prior to its demolition
After the very difficult decision was made to demolish the 100 year old Lonsdale Elementary School, construction commenced on Anderson Walk.

Developers had an ideal site on which to erect their three distinct West Coast Contemporary structures. The wood frame construct sits upon a poured concrete foundation and has a subterranean parking garage. The shade trees that lined the street were carefully protected and remain intact giving the new development an instantaneous 'established' feel.

Each lobby presents a unique identity to the residents using natural limestone flooring and and stone-clad fireplaces. Wooden art pieces by local artist Brent Comber are installed to further enhance the impressive entrances.

Landscaped courtyards are interconnected through walkways and paths. Construction materials include some red and beige brick panels on the facade, some open beam varnished timbers in the entrance ways, stone masonry accents, and very large windows to illuminate the 234 high ceiling units within.

Ground floor homes feature large patio areas and some private yards. A radiant floor heating system was utilized for climate control within the units. "Green" living has been encouraged by the installation of dual bin recycling station that rolls out. Security cameras in the parking garage and 'enterphones' with video enhance resident security.[2]

Layout and Features

Polygon Builders have gone to great lengths to add nice finishing touches to their West Coast Contemporary design. The feature list is extensive and include a timber supported lobby and entrance with a stone clad fireplace within.

Within the interiors, suites display laminate flooring, nine foot ceilings and either a dark or light colour scheme. Heating occurs through a radiant floor and blinds are fitted on all windows and sliding doors.

Kitchens are bedecked with oak cabinetry, granite counter tops, and glass tile back splashes. EnergyStar appliances are either black or stainless steel with Frigidaire dishwashers, cook tops, and microwaves. The Fisher and Paykel bottom mount refrigerator is energy compliant and defrosts automatically. All homes are equipped with a dual roll-out recycling bin station.

Bathrooms are finished with pocelain floors, a soaker tub with a ceramic surround, and ensuites have marble counter tops. Fixtures are polished chrome by Grohe.[3]

Floor Plans

Layouts for suites in Anderson Walk are mostly one and two bedroom units although a few larger three bedrooms are available and some two story units. Here are a few sample floor plans:


Some of the amenities found at Anderson Walk include:

  • Full capacity stacking washer and dryer.
  • In suite wireless security system.
  • Secured storage/bicycle locker.
  • Additional parking stall.
  • Fully-equipped fitness studio.
  • Multi-purpose room and lounge.
  • Guest suite.


Anderson Walk Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are generally allowed.
  • Rentals are permitted. However, some rentals are not allowed to have pets.
  • Barbecue areas are available for residents.


Although not specifically designed as a "green building", Anderson Walk does have some environmentally friendly features.

For instance, all windows are "Low-E" double glazed, thermally broken vinyl windows. Thermally broken is term used to describe the insulation ability of the materials used to construct the window assemblies. This 'thermal break' acts as a barrier to cold in the winter and heat in the summer and also includes the materials that comprise the window frame.

Dual flush water closets and low flow water fixtures help to conserve the environment. Energy efficient light fixtures have also been installed.

According to developer, "Polygon", the company is taking strides to produce more environmentally conscious structures and to conduct to operations of the company in a more sustainable fashions. Here are some of the "Environmental Responsibility" key points they have identified to improve upon:

  • Habitat and Natural Resources - ensure the sustainability of existing natural habitat and wildlife when planning roads, desired zoning, landscape design, and the layout and siting of each building. In the construction phase, the use of local and recycled material is used, where appropriate, in addition to extensive on–site recycling initiatives.
  • Energy Efficiency - initiatives in this area include the specification of energy-rated appliances, the use of low-e glass on all new homes, and the exploration of alternate heating and power sources, including geothermal and solar heating systems.
  • Water Conservation - includes extensive storm water management systems, oil and water separators in parkades, and drought–tolerant landscaping, and through interior specifications such as dual–flush toilets and low-flow faucets.[4]


Workers from many parts of the world at the Moodyville sawmill docks
The sawmill during its heyday before it closed in 1901
  • Sewell Prescott Moody, who actually went by the name of "Sue", moved to the north shore of Vancouver before it was known as North Vancouver, in 1865.
    • He bought a nearly bankrupt water-powered sawmill, Burrard Inlet Mills, and saw a huge business potential for logging of the north shore forests, predominately, Douglas Fir.
    • Soon, tall ships from all parts of the world were arriving to take lumber products away, a vibrant forest industry that continues to this day.

The north shore ferry dock
An early ferry for passengers only
  • Before the two main bridges were built, access to North Vancouver was limited to a ferry service. Ferry service consisted of a service provided by "Nawy" Jack Thomas, a deserter from the Royal Navy. This "service" consisted of 'Captain Jack' and his private rowboat. "Nawy" Jack and several other privateers ran other small passenger boats – including the Sea Foam, the Chinaman, the Lily, the Elonora, and the Senator. Collectively, they contributed to the development and commercial activity of the north shore. In 1893, a far more accommodating service was begun by the Union Steamship Company, using larger steam powered vessels. Soon larger volumes of freight and eventually vehicles were transported back and forth, firmly establishing North Vancouver as a commercial centre.[5]
  • On May 13th, 1907, the City of North Vancouver is incorporated with approximately 2,000 residents.
  • In 1922, motorists in British Columbia officially revert to driving on the right hand side of the road.
  • In 1938, the Lions Gate Bridge is opened for service. This further shaped the development of North Vancouver. However, the vehicular ferry service continued until 1958 when the second bridge crossing was opened, the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, so named for the 27 workers who were killed during its construction.[6]


  1. BC Condos
  2. Polygon Homes - website
  3. Feature Sheet - Anderson Walk
  4. Polygon Homes - Website - Environment
  5. Scout Magazine - February 19, 2013
  6. John Jennings - North Vancouver Timeline

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