project overview

The Vanstruction Group is giving this old heritage home a restoration, which is near completion. The property was given a full exterior face lift, while working closely with the building envelope consultant. This property has an “A” register ranking with the City of North Vancouver. The Captain Archibald Residence is valued as one of the early prominent residences in North Vancouver from the period between the First and Second World Wars.

The Captain Archibald Residence is additionally valued for its association with the architectural firm of Honeyman and Curtis. James Honeyman and George D. Curtis together completed several prestigious commissions for the provincial government, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and churches for a variety of denominations. The house is also significant for its late use of Craftsman stylistic elements, demonstrating the persistence of the Craftsman style as one of the most popular for residential buildings during the 1920s.

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Captain Archibald Residence include its: irregular form and asymmetrical massing; setback, closer to the street than adjacent buildings; orientation to Lonsdale Avenue; Craftsman architectural details, such as cedar shingle cladding, overhanging eaves with exposed rafter tails and half-timbering in gable ends; complex roofline, including a front gable roof, hip roof over south side entry, and side shed dormers; semi-octagonal bay at front and projecting square front bay with brackets; fenestration with a variety of window sizes and configurations, including wooden-sash casement windows; two entries that both face Lonsdale Avenue.