Photo Credit: Olivia Golden
2228 MACDONALD St, Vancouver BC
A permit was issued in March 1912 to Jos (Joseph?) Nixon architect/owner/builder of four two-storey frame residences total value $11,2000. All 4 addresses on MacDonald Street (2228, 2232, 2238, 2242-2244) are on the Vancouver Heritage Register. In 1914 occupant Frederik H.W. Clendenning is listed. This Vancouver Craftsman has a portico porch, sleeper porch and transom stain glass details.
The Craftsman style of house was a popular choice for builders in Kitsilano, including Lockie & Miller, Bentley & Wear and the Vernon Brothers. The Craftsman style emerged from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century. It was a style builders could take on without the services of an architect, and generally used locally sourced materials. With its popularity spanning a 20-year period, several variations of Craftsman houses developed, three of which are particular to Vancouver: traditional Craftsman, Vancouver Craftsman and Craftsman Bungalow. Each was influenced by builders’ budgets and changes in taste over time and the adaptations in design to suit both large and small lots in neighbourhoods across the city. MacDonald Streets gets its name from Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1815-91), first prime minister of Canada.
Vancouver Permits Database, VPL Directories Online