Photo Credit: Jennifer Chow
335 E 47th Ave, Vancouver BC
The original address of this home was 133 E 49th Ave but the street name and house number later changed, resulting in the present-day address of 335 E 47th Ave. The home exhibits many qualities of a Gabled Vernacular home including a gabled roof and upper-storey dormer, and the proportions of the home closely resemble that of Early Cottage homes. While it has a relatively gentle pitch compared the distinct steeply pitched roofs of most Gabled Vernacular style homes, it also includes an asymmetrical staircase, a common inclusion within this style of architecture.
Permits for the home were initially filed in March of 1913 for two adjacent lots (now 335 and 341 E 47th Ave.). The home was constructed by W. Manley, the owner of the lots, and designed by Alex Mains who also designed a nearby residence at 319 E 47th Ave. Manley is recorded to have paid $2,400 for two one-storey bungalows. In July of 1928, it is noted that a permit was issued for an addition of a private rear garage by later resident Bert G. Lamont and his wife. Lamont worked as a shipper at Spencer’s. Other tenants included W. H Bartlett, who was employed as a carpenter, and Vernon and Marie Stewart, a retired couple.
Although now part of the city of Vancouver, the neighbourhood of Sunset was formerly located in the then separate municipality of South Vancouver. It remained a small district for many years and it was not until 1911 that the population began to see a significant increase in numbers. Land that had once been cheap was then being subdivided for profit margins far above the cost only 10 years prior. Growth of the area levelled out after the initial boom leading into the 1920s but soon thereafter, the agricultural land became the site of homes for World War II veterans in the 1940s. In the 1950s, the Sunset area welcomed the additions of Wilson Park and John Oliver Secondary School. In the 21st century, Sunset is a diverse, working-class area, home to many independently-owned shops.
British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, VanMap, Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database