55 East Cordova, Vancouver, BC
Koret Lofts Exterior
|Architect||Edward Evans Blackmore/Alda Pereira|
|Number of Units||118|
|Number of Floors||6|
|Type of Roof||Steel|
|55 East Cordova, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Koret Lofts is one of many historical buildings in the Gastown area of Vancouver. Koret Lofts is a six story building with 118 commercial live/work zoned lofts in central and eclectic Gastown; converted to condos in 2007 by Worthington Properties from Edmonton, the Koret Lofts allows for commercial, residential, or a combination of live/work uses. Dating back to 1908, the Koret Lofts was originally named the “McLennan and McFeely Building,” and with its vast size of 150,000 square feet and near proximity to the former Canadian Pacific Railway, it was used as a warehouse for the distribution of the hardware store owned by Robert McLennan and Edward McFeely.
Designed by architect Edward Evans Blackmore for its original construction in 1908, Alda Pereira took over the project for the design of the lofts and paired with Darwin Construction for its transformation. The Koret Lofts now stand as one of Vancouver's truly unique buildings. All with the uniqueness of each unit, the uniqueness of the versatility in use, and the consequent uniqueness in the eclectic mix of residents, the Koret Lofts is an ideal and saught-after building.
Located in rustic and historic Gastown, the Koret Lofts stands tall at only six storeys in comparison to the modesty of its neighbouring buildings. Gastown first found its name in 1860 when the first saloon in the area was built on the Burrard Inlet. The owner's name was John Gassy Jack, who is now a historic figure and contributor to the name 'Gastown.' Soon after being dubbed with the name, Gastown grew into the town-site of Granville; soon after that, the Canadian Pacific Railway extended its track West from Port Moody, and in 1886 Granville town site (Gastown) was officially incorporated as part of Vancouver.
The area of Gastown has gone through many evolutions. With a locked gate and courtyard between the entrance of the Koret Lofts and Cordova Street, residents and business owners are separated from the riff-raff that frequent the Gastown streets. But as businesses continue to develop outward and eastward from the confines of Water Street, Gastown has been deemed a dynamic and up-and-coming area. Just within steps of the Koret Lofts are cafes, restaurants, lounges, and grocery stores.
The Koret Lofts was originally constructed in 1908 using post-and-beam construction, a concrete perimeter, and brick exterior. When it was converted to lofts in 2007, an additional steel structure was added to the roof of the building, now acting as a sixth storey for the penthouse units with over 12 foot high ceilings, large balconies, and private rooftop patios.
Interiors feature sand-blasted brick walls and exposed wood posts and beams. Concrete was layed on the floors to maximize sound-proofing between units while adding to the rustic yet modern feel of the Koret Lofts.
Layout and Features
The New York style open-space Koret Lofts feature high ceilings on every floor, exposed brick and wood beams, and polished concrete floors. Each floor varies in style, layout and height, ranging from 10'2 foot ceilings up to 16'7 foot ceilings on the street level units. Spiral staircases lead up to the private rooftop patios in select penthouse lofts, all which boast 12'11 foot ceilings.
Kitchens include custom modular, European style arrangements with stainless steel appliances, gas cook tops, stainless counter tops with integral sinks, titanium LG fridges, and industrial flex-style kitchen faucets.
Walk-through spas with translucent glass are included in each of the units, along with Duravit tubs and wall-hung toilets.
Each one of the 118 units has a unique layout.
Floor plans are not readily available. Here are two:
As an original 1908 construction, the Koret Lofts do not offer the myraid of amenities that many modern residences do.
There is a large courtyard used for socializing and eating lunch and underground parking for most units over 1000 square feet, which is rare to find in warehouse conversions.
Additional off-site parking is available, as well as bicycle storage.
A concierge/security guard is also present at the Koret Lofts.
|Koret Lofts Bylaws|
- Pets and rentals are allowed at the Koret Lofts.
- No age restrictions are placed on ownership.
- Barbecues are allowed for units with balconies and/or rooftop patios.
The convenient location of the Koret Lofts promotes sustainable living in the residents and business owners of the building.
This allows easy access to public transportation and Car 2 Go vehicles outside the doorstep.
Waterfront SkyTrain Station is a few blocks away, allowing for easy access to the airport.
High-end appliances save energy, while the lack of amenities saves wasted energy for the entire building.
- Edward McFeely and Robert McLennan, who were the owners of the hardware store for which the Koret Lofts were originally built, began their business in 1885. It soon became a successful business in the Vancouver, supplying a wide variety of goods to the area.
- The McLennan & McFeely catalogue was the first mail-order catalogue in the hardware sector. The catalogue was a thick book bound with a simple post binding. New pages would be sent separately as they were updated to customers for their insertion, causing the pages to be several shades of yellow.
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