Vancouver architect Ned Pratt produced work in an era that—from the standpoint of our developer-led moment—is quickly starting to look like a golden age. Pratt and Arthur Erickson along with their contemporaries Ron Thom and Fred Hollingsworth still rank among Vancouver’s best and most influential architects. These photos of Ned Pratt’s own 1951 house in West Vancouver, BC, were taken by Foster Grant. The house is a little faded now perhaps, modest and in need of some wood treatment, but it is nevertheless a beautiful modernist post and beam structure. It’s interesting how much smaller the average family home was in those days; when did houses start ballooning? Further below is perhaps Pratt’s most famous work, the modernist BC Electric building of 1955. Leftover glass from the construction of the building was incorporated into the windows of Pratt’s house, as you can see here. BC artist B.C. Binning designed the famous mosaic of the BC Electric Building; he was a friend of Pratt’s and his own house is not far away from this one. It was the first commercial building to be designated heritage in Vancouver, and in 1998 the BC Electric Building, once Vancouver’s most visible landmarks, was turned into condos in a surprisingly successful conversion called The Electra. Heritage Vancouver continues to fight to have Pratt’s Dal Grauer substation (photo at very bottom) protected as an important heritage site. Given Ned Pratt’s influence in Vancouver, there’s surprisingly little information about him online—not even an Wikipedia entry. Someone should remedy this. More information about this era of Vancouver architecture here.