Photo: Campbell Residences
Throughout Vancouver, you’ll find pockets of old and new homes everywhere you go, from newly-built condo towers to preserved century-old estates.
In the southwest corner of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, a recently-finished townhome project combines two different eras of architectural design by restoring a pair of heritage properties while creating a series of brand new modern residences.
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Campbell Residences is a collection of eight townhomes developed by South Street Development Group. Two of the existing homes on the site, the Annie Campbell and Howard and Idella Campbell Residences, have been fully revitalized to showcase their original features from the early 1900s. The heritage homes stand in stark contrast to the other new properties on the lot, which exhibit bold and contemporary elements with a monochromatic colour palette.
According to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Isabella Campbell built the two heritage homes near 13th Avenue and Yukon Street in 1909 for her children — Annie, Howard and Howard’s wife, Idella.
Created by M.C. Griffith and P. Ternan, the homes are said to resemble Edwardian-era Foursquare Style, which is characterized by a symmetrical design that divides the house into four main rooms that are separated by a central staircase. The homes were originally built facing Yukon Street, but have since been moved to front onto 13th Avenue.
Annie lived in the home at 393 W. 13th Avenue, while Howard and Idella resided at 395 W. 13th Avenue. The Annie Campbell Residence features a hipped, bell-cast roof, wooden shingles and original windows, while the Howard and Idella Campbell Residence has kept its original pyramidal roof and front veranda with wooden columns. The homes reportedly remained in the Campbell family until the 1990s.
Photo: Campbell Residences
“Campbell Residences was created with the intent to preserve the historic character and unique charm of the original Heritage Homes without compromising modern comforts and functionality,” said the project’s website.
According to the latest information available on BuzzBuzzHome and MLS, two townhomes are still available for sale at Campbell Residences.
Unit Seven, located at 2858 Yukon Street, spans 1,874 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. As per the MLS listing, the half-duplex appears to be the rear component of the Annie Campbell Residence, which is accessible from a lane off of Yukon Street. Listed for $1,798,000, the property provides an open-concept layout with a media room and a one-car detached garage.
Next door, Unit Three at 2856 Yukon Street, one of the newly-built modern townhomes, offers 1,662 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, plus a den. The standalone home, priced at $1,998,000, has a covered balcony on the second level and vaulted ceilings in the principal bedroom.
The interiors are finished with oak engineered hardwood flooring, white quartz kitchen countertops and glass stair railings. Each home is also fitted with a range of modern fixtures, like operable skylights, LED lighting and Miele appliances. The contemporary homes on lot are said to draw inspiration and incorporate elements from their neighbouring heritage home counterparts, such as their similarly pitched roofs.
Construction on Campbell Residences reached completion in summer 2020, as per BuzzBuzzHome.