Photo Credit: Martin Knowles
Photo Source: VHF's 2017 Heritage House Tour Brochure
1501 Atlas Lane, Vancouver BC
7101-7201 Granville Street, Vancouver BC; 1515 Atlas Lane, Vancouver BC
In late 1912, when sugar refinery owner B.T. Rogers purchased the 10-acre parcel of land that would become his Shannon Estate, his first priority was the grounds. The Rogers had the land cleared and began laying out plantings and vegetable gardens, the perimeter wall soon enclosed the land (built by contractor John Stout & Co.), and the gatehouse, named on the architectural plans as the Gate Lodge, was the first of three buildings to be constructed.
Located in the northeast corner of the estate, it was designed with the mansion and coach house by the American architects Somervell & Putnam and built with the same red brick. It was followed in 1915 by the coach house, originally the garage and stables designed to accommodate four cars as well as horses, boiler room, workshop and an upstairs apartment.
The gatehouse was flanked by two driveways, with the main drive providing the formal approach to the mansion for family and guests, emulating arrival at an English country estate, while the service drive ran along the north edge of the property. In the 1970s, the gatehouse was renovated as a self contained residence as part of the Shannon Mews development.
With the 2011 rezoning of the estate to accommodate greater density of housing, the gatehouse was added to the Heritage Designation of the site along with the coach house, Italian garden, ornamental landscape elements, several mature copper beech trees and some interiors of the mansion. The gatehouse exterior has now been fully restored and the interior rehabilitated and reorganized as an individual residence. On the exterior, the brickwork has been cleaned and repointed, the Welsh slate roof repaired and the original copper rain water system replicated.
The ornamental wrought iron gates of the formal estate entrance have been carefully repaired. The reconfigured interior was designed by the owner and retains the original staircase and historic windows along with custom interior design to create a uniquely modern yet historic home.
The address was revised from 7101-7201 Granville Street to 1501 Atlas Lane in 2018. Shannon Estate won a City of Vancouver 2017 Heritage Award of Honour, demonstrating an outstanding contribution to heritage conservation.
VHF's 2017 Heritage House Tour Brochure, City of Vancouver Report 2018