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1932 Ferndale St

Photo Credit: Christine Allen


1932 Ferndale St, Vancouver BC






VHF Restore It 2008, VHF True Colours 2002






This Edwardian home with its columns and scrolled brackets was built in 1909 with its twin to the east. They sit in context of a row of houses built between 1908 and 1912. Retired carpenter and recent arrival from Ireland, Alexander Sloan obtained a building permit for the two houses. Swedish-born Andrew Bergquist built this and other homes in the area, including his own home on Eton Street in 1911.

Real estate agent Amos Ranney was the first resident, but by 1911 Daniel and Edythe Black moved in and made it their family home for twenty years. Daniel came to Vancouver around 1906 from New Brunswick and married English-born Edythe in 1909. Daniel worked as a stationary engineer maintaining machinery in sawmill operations for a number of large manufacturers in Vancouver.

The design of the house is characterised by a steep pitch front gabled roof, commonly referred to as an “A-frame” with a full width front porch supported by turned posts with decorative trim. The house is clad with lap siding on the lower level and shingles on the main floor. The front and side windows each include a set of attractive stained glass windows in the transom.

The current owners have restored aspects of the interior and repainted the exterior with authentic historical colours from the VHF True Colours palette. Other homes in the area have followed their example in repainting with True Colours.

True Colours palette used: Hastings Red, Edwardian Buff, Edwardian Porch Grey, Gloss Black.


City of Vancouver, Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2018 Heritage House Tour guidebook