Photo Credit: Garry Johns
1955 W 16th Ave, Vancouver BC
1955 W 16th was built in 1912 by George Ellis and designed by J. G. Scott. Ellis was responsible for building at least a dozen other houses in the area in the early 1910s in a similar style, often alongside architect Scott, including registered heritage houses 3642 Point Grey Road, 3263 W 2nd Ave, 3450 W 3rd Ave and 1631 Collingwood St (to which it bears a striking resemblance). 1955 W 16th is part of streetscape of heritage homes, including several other Craftsman style residences built in 1912. The first resident of 1955 W 16th was Elliot Culver.
The significant features of this Craftsman style home include the dominant covered entry porch with large square stone piers, creating a sense of strength and permanency. The dominant front gabled roof with its half timbering, stucco and substantial overhang is also typical of Craftsman style homes, as is the cedar shingle siding. More unusual is the front facade’s distinctly asymmetrical massing, the side facing stairs, and the curved half timbering (used more often in Tudor Revival homes).
British Columbia City Directories, Historical Vancouver Building Permit. Vancouver Heritage Register