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Walden House

Photo Credit: Christine Wong

Address

304 E 28th Ave, Vancouver BC

Alternate Address

304 E 28th Ave, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Mount Pleasant/Riley Park

Type

Residential

Protection

D

Significance

B

Description

The Walden House is one of the earliest houses in the neighbourhood. It was built in 1909 after the streetcar system was extended south of East 16th Avenue along Main Street in 1904. The first owner listed in 1914 is Carson K Smith, who worked in the pool room for the Grandview Hotel. Around 1915, permits records indicate that the home was repaired after a fire.

The Gabled Vernacular house features a single window on top, full width dormer porch with three, square columns, trim boarding, shiplap cladding, with shingle boarding up-top, and an open gable roof. The first address of the house was likely 303 E 28th Avenue as there is no early record of 304. The house was constructed at the rear of the property on the far west side either to take advantage of the views down Sophia Street or, more likely, to allow for future construction of a larger house at the front. This never occurred.