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BC Mills Houses

Photo Credit: Christine Leviczky Riek

Address

521 Hawks Ave, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Strathcona

Type

Residential

Grants

VHF Restore It 2012

Significance

B

Description

In 1903, Stanislaus Brereton, the yard foreman at Hastings Mills, erected the houses at 507, 515, and 521 Hawks Avenue. They are the earliest known examples of BC Mills prefabricated houses and were likely demonstration houses. When the street were raised in the 1970s to accommodate water and sewer, the owners of the three BC Mills houses opted to not have their houses lifted. Built like many Strathcona houses on stumps of dirt, the balloon-frame kit house was eventually raised to replace a dirt crawlspace with a proper foundation and basement.

The house underwent extensive renovation in 2012 by its owner, with the help of a VHF Restore It grant. The included the installation of new railings, deck, and soffits, and repairs to the original siding and trim.

Source

VHF Files