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J.J. Miller’s Kurrajong

Photo Credit: Gina Gverster

Address

1098 Salsbury Dr, Vancouver BC

Alternate Address

1809 Napier St, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Grandview-Woodlands

Type

Residential

Protection

D

Significance

A

Recognition

M

Description

John J. Miller built this large house at 1036 Salsbury Drive in 1908. For the past several decades the building has operated as the private Glen Hospital. It is listed in the ‘A’ category on the Vancouver Heritage Register and is significant because of its original owner, and its design and landscaping.

Mr. Miller was a notary public, an auctioneer and had a reputation as a real estate promoter. He served as a City of Vancouver Alderman and was also the first president of the Vancouver Exhibition Association. He almost single-handedly started and ran the P.N.E. from 1908 to 1922. Miller Drive in Exhibition Park is named after him.

Mr. Miller’s mansion is one of the finest houses built in the area in the grand Edwardian years before the Great War. Raised high above the street corner on a pressed stone retaining wall, it still commands a strong presence in the neighbourhood. It is a very good example of the Queen Anne design with a superb turret and porch. There are many fine details on the house including the cast concrete block, one of its earliest known uses in Vancouver. The perimeter retaining wall is also built out of decorative concrete block.

Source

City of Vancouver