May 19, 2013 · 12:00 PM
16th and Oak
Join me for a walk through the streets of Shaughnessy, a place that I am not all too familar with... Shaughnessy neighbourhood commands a special place in Vancouver. It's original developer, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) designed the subdivision in the early part of the century as an exclusive enclave for Vancouver's wealthy, and named it after its President, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy. The railway commissioned Montreal landscape architect, Frederick Todd, and Danish engineer, M. Davick to lay out curving streets and generous lots of one-fifth to one-and-one-half acre. Before the lots were sold, sewers were laid and sidewalks paved. Lot prices were comparable to other Vancouver neighbourhoods, but the CPR protected Shaughnessy’s exclusive character by requiring that any house built cost at least $6,000 (at a time when a standard bungalow might cost $1,000). We will be touring 16 houses in the Shaughnessy area.
The entire tour will take about three hours depending on the wishes of the group. Winter is the best time to view the houses as the leaves are off the trees. But be warned, whatever the season, our tour may be frustrated by high hedges, gates and fences. The tour begins at Oak and 16th Avenue. Here is your chance to take a walk through the streets of Shaughnessy.
Please meet at 16th and Oak at 12:00pm and we'll start the walk at 12:15pm sharp.