Sunday, June 24, 2007

curb appeal - modern architecture



I've been disdainful of residential construction as of late, and some may wonder what do I like?

I like this one on Semlin Dr. in East Van. I don't know a lot about it, and my Internet search for information has turned up nothing. If anyone has any info. on it, I would be glad to read it.

What I do know about it is that it was bought some years ago by an acquaintance's land lord and restored - with grants from the City and/or provincial gov'ment. It has a heritage designation ("B" list is my understanding) as one of the few examples of Modern Architecture in Vancouver. It was completely "restored" some years ago. I wonder what it's worth?

This place merits the solipsist seal of approval (TM).

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Might want to change that from "modern architecture" to "Modern architecture" before someone asks how it is possible for something "modern" to get tagged as "heritage".

:)

Patiently Waiting said...

Not my cup of tea. What do you like about it other than a decent garden? Won't the flat roof and lack of overhang lead to "leaky condo" type of problems?

solipsist said...

"modern architecture" to "Modern architecture"

Yes, that is an important distinction. Thanks for pointing it out. And for those wondering how Modern = heritage, it is architecturally significant as an example of Modern Architecture.

"What do you like about it other than a decent garden? Won't the flat roof and lack of overhang lead to "leaky condo" type of problems?"

I like the clean lines, the abundance of glass, and the use of space. I have never seen the inside, so it is just the impression that gets me.

I can't speak to the engineering, but I know that this place stood for decades before being refurbished, so I would imagine that they had the water ingress potential well in hand.

Anonymous said...

This building is very nice, definitely my cup of tea. I notice a lot of photos from the Commercial Drive area, we must be neighbours :)

Did you notice how long the "2BR For Rent" sign has been up at Parker & Salisbury? 2-3 weeks now, usually its' gone in a few days. I wonder what they're asking for it; I wouldn't be surprised if the managers are testing the waters to see if anyone will bite at a really high rent.

Anonymous said...

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article.jsp?content=20070625_073257_4904

off topic

Group of presale buyers have been told their contracts are void
Monday, June 25 - 05:57:00 AM

John Streit
NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS1130) - Presale buyers have had troubles with the Riverbend project in Coquitlam and now people in New Westminster are finding themselves in a similar frustrating situation.

Forty one people who put down money in 2004 have been told their contracts are void. CTV is reporting that it’s legal because of a clause in the contract.

It states that if the completion date did not occur by May 2005, then the contract would end unless the parties agreed to extend it.

Babybull40 said...

I like the fact that every side has windows.. lots of light coming in.. I wouldn't want to clean them all though..

solipsist said...

"Did you notice how long the "2BR For Rent" sign has been up at Parker & Salisbury?"

I think that sign has been up for months. I've noticed other persistent "for rent" signs too.

Market saturation?

Anonymous said...

I know a bit about this house. It's 2 units and the top one sold for $655,000 a few years back when other larger duplexes in the neighbourhood we getting $500,000. It's a small-ish unit suitable for DINKs.

solipsist said...

"I know a bit about this house. It's 2 units and the top one sold for $655,000"

Thanks for the info. That is insane - Modern architecture or not.