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Vancouver Post Office
McCarter, Nairne, and Partners, Vancouver, 1958

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The Vancouver Post Office expresses Institutional monumentalism at its best (or worst), the General Post Office took almost five years to complete and covers an entire city block. Although a lavishly outfitted, state-of-the-art facility, incorporating a rooftop heliport and an underground mail tunnel stretching over two kilometers to the Canadian Pacific Railroad station, the building ignited unusually strong criticism when completed. Traditional murals and bas-relief sculpture also met with derision, and despite costing $1.6 million to build, the underground tunnel was soon abandoned in favour of truck transport. Today, even the marble-walled grandeur of the vast main postal hall is obscured by movable wall dividers, but the building’s sumptuous materials and meticulous detailing are still worthy of note.

 

Tretheway residence
Fred Hollingsworth, architect, Abbotsford, 1959.

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“Hollingsworth's residential plans exemplify the wave of modernist thinking in Vancouver’s architectural community that became known as West Coast Style. The residences he built in the Capilano Highland Development from 1946 on reflected the community’s attempt to be self-contained yet unique in its stylistic approaches. They incorporated open floor plans, high-pitched ceilings, radiant floor heating, textured materials like cedar and stone, and were closely integrated with the natural surroundings of the North Vancouver rain forest. He also designed larger structures, such as the Law building at the University of British Columbia. His work is greatly influenced by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright”

Fusing the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese architecture and the bungalow style of Greene & Greene, the Tretheway house has acted as a testing ground for his design ideas; several additions have expanded the original modest scale of the house.

 



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