Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Uses New Power to Protect 94-Year-Old House from Demolition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Uses New Power to Protect 94-Year-Old House from Demolition

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Vancouver takes steps to protect unique house

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VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver is using a new tool to protect some of its oldest properties.

A heritage inspection has been ordered for a 94-year-old Tudor-style home on the city's west side.

It's the first such order by the director of planning, who is using new powers approved by councillors last fall to protect heritage and character properties.

The house built in 1922 by the same architects who designed city hall was originally constructed as a show home that was "wired for electricity."

The property in the tony Shaughnessy area was listed for $7.4 million but was taken off the market, and Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city intervened when a demolition permit was requested.

The home cannot be altered, moved or damaged while under the 30-day heritage inspection order. …

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