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3137 W 42nd Ave

Photo Credit: Barry Bogart

Address

3137 W 42nd Ave, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Kerrisdale

Type

Residential

Significance

B

Description

This two-and-a-half-storey, front-gabled Craftsman home with singled siding, a front porch and classic shed-roof dormers was built in approximately 1915. As of 2020, it has retained much of its original exterior and interior features, including wainscotting, woodwork, flooring, built-in storage and pocket doors.

In the early-to-mid 20th century, this was home to Douglas and Elizabeth Reeve and their daughter, Edith Reeve. Douglas worked for Johnson and Reeve, an estate management firm and had lived in Kerrisdale for a number of years prior to moving to this address.

About the Area

West 42nd Avenue, from Balaclava to MacKenzie Streets, was originally known as Manor Road. This short road led to the MacKinnon family home. In 1905, Mrs. MacKinnon was asked to name the Canadian Pacific Railway station at Wilson Road (now 41st Avenue). She named it Kerrisdale after her family home named Kerrydale, in Scotland. Just to the west was the 1902-built Edgemont estate, now the Crofton House School “Old Residence”. Much of the surrounding area was then farmland as Kerrisdale didn’t see a large influx of development until the 1920s and 1930s.

Kerrisdale has seen shifting patterns of settlement and immigration. The area is the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations who have inhabited the Fraser River estuary and adjacent lands for thousands of years. The Irish McCleery family were the first European settlers arriving in 1867. Their homestead and farm are now the site of McCleery Golf Course. Kerrisdale was a major hub for railway and streetcar routes which prompted more development and establishment of the Kerrisdale Village shopping area. The last 30 years have seen the arrival of immigrants from Hong Kong and China and the 2016 Statistics Canada Census indicated that over 35 per cent of Kerrisdale residents speak Mandarin or Cantonese as their first language.

Source

Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database, VPL British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, City of Vancouver, VanMap, Elizabeth Walker - Street Names of Vancouver, Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2019 Annual Tour Guide.