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Laneway homes to open doors

Dwellings have a storied history in Vancouver

- For more informatio­n on the tour, visit vancouverh­eritagefou­ndation.org

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.”

 ??  ?? This Kerrisdale home is an example of the dwellings included in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2014 Laneway House Tour. It will be held Oct. 25 from 1 to 5 p. m.
This Kerrisdale home is an example of the dwellings included in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2014 Laneway House Tour. It will be held Oct. 25 from 1 to 5 p. m.
 ?? MARTIN KNOWLES ?? Laneway homes were used as temporary accommodat­ions while larger homes were being built or to house extended family.
MARTIN KNOWLES Laneway homes were used as temporary accommodat­ions while larger homes were being built or to house extended family.
 ?? MARTIN KNOWLES ?? As this heritage home shows, laneway homes have been built in Vancouver since the 1890s.
MARTIN KNOWLES As this heritage home shows, laneway homes have been built in Vancouver since the 1890s.

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