Photo Credit: Steve Hodder
2982 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC
Built in 1912 by L.D. Chesman, this house is unique as it incorporates the shape and design of a Vancouver Craftsman, but with the larger front porch and heavy stone and wood porch piers of a traditional Craftsman. The house has open rafter tails, brackets supporting the roof and dentil molding as a decorative feature along the front.
The exterior is well preserved but the lot has changed since it was built. After 1945, a portion of the back yard was sold to a neighbour for parking, making the back of the lot half its original width.
Initially a rental property, which changed occupants frequently, the house became the home of Mr. Samuel M. James and his wife from 1922 to 1939. Mr. James was a salesman. In 1940 William Marshall and his wife Cathleen moved in and spent their retirement years in the home. They lived there until at least 1954.
Vanmap,1944 Fire Insurance Map (VPL), Henderson’s Directories, Wrigley’s Directory 1922, Vancouver Public Library BC and Yukon Directory 1939, 1944, 1945