Photo Credit: Barry Bogart
2662 Marine Crescent, Vancouver BC
This Arts and Crafts-style mansion was built in 1940 and retains most of its original exterior features such as half timbering, a gabled roof and leaded small square pane windows.
In the 1940s and 1950s, this was home to Charles John McNeely and Frances H. (Bobs) McNeely. Charles was the President of McNeely’s Ltd. operating out of 835 Beatty St. and later 435 Howe St.. Frances was born in Vancouver in 1901 and passed away in August 2005 at the age of 104.
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.
Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database, VPL British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, VanMap, Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Sun and Province Obituary for Frances H. McNeely, Vancouver Character Homes real estate listing, 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 Matthews, Major James Skitt, “The Man who Saved Vancouver”, West End Vancouver blog, Woodward Foundation