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2660 Marine Crescent

Photo Credit: Dennis Tokarsky

Address

2660 Marine Crescent, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Kerrisdale

Type

Residential

Significance

B

Description

Built in approximately 1930, 2660 Marine Crescent was most likely originally numbered 2650 Marine Crescent. The lot appears to have been subdivided in the 1980s when a new house was built on a narrow lot to the east.

The build is typical of an Arts and Crafts style with some Tudor influence. It features half-timbering, stone accents and leaded glass windows set into the front gabled roof.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the residence was home to Percival “Puggy” Woodward, president of Woodward Stores, and his wife Marion. Woodward was the son of Charles Woodward who founded Woodward’s Department Stores. When Percival retired from his executive position at Woodwards in 1955, he donated a large sum of his fortune to the University of British Columbia. Some of this donation was used to fund the construction of the Woodward Library building at UBC.

The 2600 block of Marine Crescent is located in the heart of the Kerrisdale neighbourhood, just northeast of SW Marine Drive. Kerrisdale features a mix of early Craftsman, Arts and Crafts and Tudor-style homes, along with some newer builds. Similar to SW Marine Drive, Marine Crescent is lined with expansive lots and many English Tudor residences that belonged to Vancouver’s early elite. It offers sweeping views to the south and west of Vancouver and across the Fraser River. Before the 20th century, the south side of Marine Crescent (at that point named Marine Drive) was part of the approximately 40-acre McCleery family farmstead. The McCleerys, who hailed from Ireland, were Vancouver’s first permanent European settlers. Their original farmland is now part of the McCleery Golf Course.

Source

Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database, VPL British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, VanMap, Mackie, J. “This Week in History: 1863 Vancouver pioneers Fitzgerald and Samuel McCleery buy land" Vancouver Sun (March 13, 2020), Past Tense Vancouver blog, City of Vancouver