884 Bute St, Vancouver BC
A: Primary Significance
Designed by John Smith Davidson Taylor in 1909, this is one of many apartment blocks in the West End that adopted a plan with a deep entrance courtyard, similar to the Manhattan, to provide light and air to all rooms while maximizing floor space.
The Beaconsfield was one of the first large apartment blocks to be built in the West End, heralding a new type of urban lifestyle and higher density in the area. Large verandahs, twin Arts and Crafts wooden balconies, each in a four-storey bay and some with separate entrances, were an added amenity that was seldom used at this time and unique to the city.
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