Laneway homes to open doors
Dwellings have a storied history in Vancouver
Vancouver residents may assume laneway homes are a fairly recent phenomenon, but the Vancouver Heritage Foundation would disagree.
In some of the city’s more historic neighbourhoods, there are lane homes that date to the 1890s, says the foundation, which is hosting its Laneway House Tour later this month.
“Early lane homes often served as temporary residences while the main home was built, or as secondary housing for staff, guests or extended family,” the foundation says in a release. “There are many examples of early Vancouverites living on the lane.”
This year’s tour — it takes place from 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. on Oct. 25 — will take people through eight homes with both heritage and modern appeal.
“You’ll see eight examples of living on the lane, including a circa 1890s character lane home and a strata infill built in the 1980s,” the release says.
The 900- square- foot 1890s residence became a lane home with the addition of a larger residence in 1910. The lane was added after the two structures, and the smaller home later moved closer to the principal residence.
The 1980s home, meantime, is part of a strata arrangement with the principal residence. Designed by renowned architect Paul Merrick, it is larger than most lane homes.
“We will also look at six modern homes built after the City of Vancouver’s 2009 laneway housing initiative came into effect,” the release says.
Among those six, all recently constructed behind existing residences, is a “$ 300,000 home with a $ 3- million view and another small home that promises to have one of the best EnerGuide ratings in the city.”