Shannon Wall Centre

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7165 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Shannon Wall Centre
ShannonMewsMansion.jpg

The Shannon Wall Centre centerpiece - The Mansion
Building Information
Developer Peter Wall
Architect Perkins & Will Architects
Management Company Wall Financial Corporation
Number of Units 735
Number of Floors 9
Year Built 2015
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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7165 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (521)
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Shannon Wall Centre development encompasses 10 acres

Shannon Wall Centre, formerly Shannon Mews, was originally a farm in the early 1900s providing pasture land for cows and other animals. The 10 acre parcel was purchased by Benjamin Tingley Rogers from Philadelphia. He came to British Columbia and began the BC Sugar Refining Company. Rogers recognized that the completion of Canada's national cross country railway opened markets for his product and that Vancouver was an easily accessible port for raw sugar cane from the Philippines, where most sugar of the country came from.


William Shannon's farm circa 1900
In 1911, Rogers traveled to England and became enamoured with English gardens. He purchased the property in 1912 next to his nearest neighbour, William Shannon, for whom Shannon Avenue was named, although today it is called 57th Avenue. Rogers contracted the architectural firm of Somerville & Putnam to design a large Beaux-Arts style house complete with a coach house and a gate house. Sadly, Mr. Rogers died suddenly in 1918 before the house was finished. His widow finally completed the daunting project in 1925 and the family lived in the house until 1935.


Ownership of the property then went to financier Austin C. Taylor. who bought this estate in 1936, and lived here until his death in 1965. In 1967, it was purchased by Peter Wall, a major property developer in Vancouver. Arthur Erickson designed West Coast contemporary apartments for the site.


In 2011, Wall Financial Corporation had their rezoning application approved by the Vancouver City Council for the addition of several more buildings to be added to the site and ultimately house 735 condominium units. Part of the application required that the mansion, the Coach House and the Gate House be fully restored to their original state. The Italian gardens will be fully restored along with other gardens providing about 68% of the 10 acre site with green space.


Location

The Kerrisdale neighbourhood
Long before the city of Vancouver had spread that far south, Shannon Wall Centre was situated in a largely agricultural area quite removed from the blossoming city. Eventually, the city expanded to encompass the estate.


Kerrisdale got its name from Mrs. William McKinnon when she was asked to name one of the interurban stops in 1905. She chose to call it "Kerry's Dale", the name of her family home in Gairloch, Scotland. "Kerrydale" means, "little seat of the fairies."


57th Street, once called Shannon Avenue, runs east/west through the neighbourhood called Kerrisdale forming part of the southern border of the neighbourhood. According to city neighbourhood designations, Shannon Mews is in real estate designated neighbourhhood called South Granville, but residents consider themselves part of Kerrisdale.


The commercial centre of Kerrisdale Village is a short drive and the Oakridge shopping mall is also a within a brief driving distance. The neighbourhood is largely residential with only distant commercial zones. However, the area is quite flat which makes walking and cycling in the area very pleasant.[1]

Construction

Construction in progress
Great care is being taken to preserve and restore the original structures of the estate. Restoration activities will fully refresh the brick-clad and stone-trimmed mansion, the gate house and the coach house. The architects selected for this project are Perkins and Will Architects.[2]


As well, the developer is providing a high percentage of green space within the entire property, 68%. Vancouver is considered a very green city, not only for is eco-consciousness, but also for the amount of vegetation, parks, and trees throughout the city.


At the time of this writing, phase one of construction is underway. This includes a new structure on the property housing 68 homes, 41 condos in Cartier House, 14 townhomes in Churchill House, four heritage estates in the coach house, and (soon to be released) eight in the mansion and one in the gatehouse.


Still to come are 385 homes to be released in future phases. Also, 200 units will be designated as rentals.[3]

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Layout and Features

The Shannon Wall Centre covers 10 acres and includes gardens and ample park space. when completed, the entire development will have 10 structures with varying types of homes, from stater units to town homes to rental units.


It is being planned as an entire community and will even include some retail convenience businesses.


Modern designs and materials are being used such as polished limestone and marble. Interior designs have been created by BYU Design to include contemporary and functional spaces within all the units.[4]


Floor Plans

Numerous floor plans have been designed including everything from one bedroom units to three story town homes. Here are a few examples:


Amenities

Many extras will be included with the completion of Shannon Wall Centre. With lavish gardens, extensive parks and grounds, residents may also grow their own vegetables participating in the urban agriculture program.

Fruits and flowers abound with open lawns for Bocce and croquet. A year-round outdoor pool will be available to residents and convenience retail area and café is planned.

Bylaws

Shannon Wall Centre Bylaws



  • As this project is under development, no established bylaws exist yet.
  • Rules and regulations will be determined by the Strata Council once it is formed.

Sustainability

LEED Gold Checklist

Shannon Wall Centre is designed to meet LEED Gold Certification. Some of those guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability considerations:
    • Construction activity pollution prevention
    • Development density and community connectivity
    • Transportation
    • Storm water management
    • Heat Island effects
  • Energy and Atmosphere considerations:
    • On-site renewable energy
    • Refrigerant management
    • Monitoring
  • Materials considerations:
    • Recycled content
    • Regional materials use
    • Building reuse
    • Low-tox adhesives, paints, and fibers[5]


Trivia

Some views of the Italianate gardens


  • Shannon Mews was the site of many high society parties, weddings and gatherings during the 1920s and 1930s.


  • It was designated a class "A" heritage site by the city of Vancouver in the 1970s due to its significant structures and gardens.


  • B.T. Rogers, the sugar magnate, is known to have laid out the Italianate Gardens himself. He was an avid gardener.[6]

References

  1. Walk Score
  2. Rezoning at Shannon Mews
  3. Vancouver Sun - Shannon Wall Centre
  4. Rennie
  5. LEED Gold Checklist
  6. Canada's Historic Places website


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