Vancouver's Famous "Hobbit House" Restoration To Include Townhouses
When the famous house on West Kind Edward Avenue was sold many were concerned that the unique home was doomed to the wrecking ball. The home, along with the rest of the homes in that block immdeiatedly west of the Kind Edward Canada Line station, were sold after they were re-zoned for increased density. Developer David Mooney insisted he had no intention of tearing the house down and heritage consultant Donald Luxton was hired to help decide how to include in the townhouse development planned for the block.
This house is one of three in Vancouver designed by Brenton T. Lea in the 1940's. One of the others is on West Broadway, just west of Alma. I do not know the location of the 3rd. My understanding is that the inspiration for the design comes not from Hobbits, but from the dwarfs house in Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs. The roof is often called a thatched roof in the media, but it is actually intricately done in cedar shingles and meant to look like the a thatch roof.
More photos and information can be found in this Huffington Post article: 'Hobbit House' Restoration To Include Townhouses (PHOTOS)
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