Photo Credit: Jo-Ann Chiu
3106 Alberta St, Vancouver BC
238 W 15th
3106 Alberta Street, built in 1912, is a notable example of a Craftsman style house, a popular style in early twentieth century Mount Pleasant. Craftsman houses can be built without the services of an architect, often with plans and components ordered from a catalogue. Builders Ellis & Chayton built a number of houses in the immediate area, including 3160 Alberta Street. its neighbour 3118 Alberta Street, and 241 West 17th Avenue, also on the Heritage Register.
Shortly after 3106 Alberta Street was completed the first owner, a doctor named Edwin A. Ramsay built a two-storey coach house on the property, which held his medical practice. The house was later home to a minister, and in 1961 it became a lodging house. In 1992, a new owner renovated the house, converting it back to a single-family home while retaining its character. It was added to the Vancouver Heritage Register at this time.
The house’s symmetrical form and side gabled roof with centered front gabled dormers, knee brackets, half timbering, and dentil detailing are typical features of the Craftsman style. Other Craftsman details present include the deep full-width porch with square posts atop stone piers and hipped roof, as well as the wood shingle siding, sidelights framing the door, and transom windows.
Historic Vancouver Permits Database, British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, 1985 Heritage Register, Sarah Delaney