Posts Tagged ‘westcoast modern’

West Coast cabin – Clayoquot Sound, B.C.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The cabin is probably the true vernacular architecture of British Columbia’s West Coast and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver must once have had some of these buildings, thought rampant demolition and ugly development are doing their best to eradicate any trace of this architectural past. All that’s left of the cabin is the practice of attaching big cedar decks onto the imported Victorian and Edwardian and Britishy styles that sadly crowd the housing stock where I live.

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Architect Ron Thom’s Boyd House is for sale

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

These photos of Ron Thom’s Boyd House are from the blog Architecture Wanted which provides a good introduction to this house. Also see a great post by Cam McLellan on his Vancouver Lights blog and an article in Western Living by the house’s current owner, Kerry McPhedran.

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Dog days of summer, and cabins on the coast

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Recent radio silence has been the result of being either too busy in the city, or too unbusy and computerless while on various islands.

Today I learned that the term dog days is very old, a translation from the latin dies caniculares. It refers to “the hottest, most sultry days of summer in late August.

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Local bank branch in 70s modern cedar

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Look, Vancouver, Victoria retained its cedar modernism. You could have, too.

Bank of Montreal branch in James Bay, Victoria, BC. Too bad about the sign.

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Arthur Erickson & Japan – Journeys to the East

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

If you’re in Vancouver and are interested in Arthur Erickson’s ties with Japan (and by extension Japan’s influence on west coast modernism), it’s worth ordering tickets for this event now. It will sell out. It’s not cheap, but there’s a good deal for students. The event is co-presented by Coast Modern, the upcoming film about modern architecture on the west coast from Vancouver to LA, by filmmakers Gavin Froome and Michael Bernard.

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