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Adolphus Duclos Residence

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photography

Address

752 E Pender St, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Strathcona

Type

Residential

Significance

B

Description

Built by Adolphus Duclos, a carpenter and saw filer at the Hastings Mill, this gabled 2-storey Queen Anne house was built in 1892. This house was part of an early pattern of development extending east along Pender street around 1890 as a result of streetcar service along East Georgia. It is a manifestation of the leveling of many street in Strathcona with yards set below street grade.
The Queen Anne house style is prevalent to the Strathcona area.

The house features a prominent gable with pent room, double-height bay and stoop porch with replicated columns and decorative shingle banding dividing the upper and lower bay windows, in the gable and porch roof. It recently underwent extensive renovations by Maestro Development and Architrex Design Studio.

Maestro carefully removed and set aside the ornate wood mouldings, then gutted the home to its studs and rebuilt the rear wall to accommodate an increase in floor space on the top level. The mouldings, doors, and double-hung windows were carefully restored, and the fir flooring, cast-iron tub, sink, and simple brick chimney, brought back to life. Reclaimed beams from the demolition of the nearby Drake Hotel were used on the main floor to structurally support a new open floor plan.

On the exterior, asphalt panels were removed and the facade restored with decorative shingles and lapped wooden siding throughout. The home’s original ornamental brackets and craftsman details had long since been lost, but were replicated based on historic photos and hints in the old paint outlines. The front entry was also rebuilt to blend into the streetscape.

The Duclos house was added to the Vancouver Heritage Register in 2019 as a B-listing.

Source

City of Vancouver Report 2018, http://maestrodevelopment.ca/duclos-house/