Fairview House

March 08, 2012 10:00 ET

Re-Birth of Vancouver Heritage 'Fairview House' Built 1892

Interior Brings Back Edwardian Style With a Contemporary Twist

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2012) - One of Vancouver's iconic heritage buildings, Fairview House, has undergone a major makeover. Between Oak and Granville on 8th Avenue, Fairview House's 7,000 feet now features a modern Edwardian style interior with luxury executive offices. The house was originally built in 1892 for Sir Dr. John Reid, honorary physician to the Queen of England, and his wife Lady Georgina Hill Reid, founder of the Vancouver Council of Women. From 1900 to 1910, Fairview House was home to Sir Walter C. Nichol former owner and editor of the Province newspaper and 12th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

To match the original character of the house, the interior was completely redone with 9'9" foot ceilings, decorative dark wood wainscoting, white walls and crown moulding, new walnut flooring, updated electricity, data cable, lighting, plumbing and heating, plus modern conveniences and luxuries:

  • Edwardian style wood paneling and wainscoting throughout
  • Hardwood floors in main areas and carpeting in offices
  • Chandeliers and lanterns throughout the house
  • Each office and boardroom has its own heating system and controls
  • Spacious offices with windows that open to the outside
  • Large boardrooms
  • Modern kitchens with granite and stainless steel appliances
  • Bathrooms with character lighting
  • Top floor has open concept office with stunning views of downtown Vancouver, Burrard inlet and the mountains
  • Front entrance was renovated for front sidewalk access

"I felt a mission to restore the entire house and to honour its significant place in the history of the city as well as translate the outside restored beauty to the inside of Fairview House," said David Kaplan, President of Revenue Property Group, the property's owner.

Photos of the completed renovation available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71203591@N02/sets/72157629113046638/

Photos of the renovation stages available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71203591@N02/sets/72157628239496179/

"This is one of Vancouver's oldest surviving buildings. It was built when Granville Street south of the bridge was a forested mud track," added Kaplan. "Restoring beautiful old buildings provokes a sense of wonderment and adds historic relevance to the present."

The renovation team for this project is made up of local talent:

  • Interior designers Janks Design Group are known for commercial and hospitality design. Ruth Janks' interior design of Fairview House created an interior that both suited the style of the heritage house and respected its past while bringing it to the modern day.
  • Architect Michel Laflamme designed the renovation plans and interior structure. Michel trained and worked with Arthur Erikson for many years. Michel was inspired by David's vision to restore Fairview House into luxury executive offices. The heart of the renovation is the main floor boardroom where David and Michel imagine professionals coming together from their separate offices to engage in vibrant exchanges.
  • Contractor Yuval Biton is known for his meticulous attention to detail, employing skilled trades people, and exceptional project management.
  • David Kaplan's Revenue Property Group is funding Fairview House's renovation. David purchased the house with the vision of restoring its interior to Edwardian style luxury executive offices. The Kaplan family makes a point of touring beautiful buildings around Vancouver, Canada and the world. They have renovated other historic properties worldwide.

Media are invited to attend grand opening celebration.

Fairview House Historic Background Information:
1980 Exterior restoration by Rand Iredale Architecture received Regional Award of Honour from the Heritage Foundation of Canada.
1960 Fairview House was converted into a rooming house (also known as Steamboat House).
1900 Sir Walter C. Nichol bought Fairview House and lived in it until 1910. Sir Nichol was the editor and owner-publisher of the Province newspaper. Between 1920 and 1926 Sir Nichol served as the 12th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
1892 Fairview House was built by Sir Dr. John Reid and Lady Georgina Hill Reid in 1892. They moved into the House in 1893. Sir Dr. John Reid was the honorary physician to Victoria, Queen of England and later to King Edward VII. Lady Georgina Hill Reid founded the Vancouver Council of Women which called for women representation on public boards. Before living in this House, Dr. Reid lived in a modest 2-storey house at 604 Burrard Street.

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