The restoration of the Emery House and development of the lot is being called as an ‘exciting win-win’ for the owner, the City of North Vancouver and the heritage community.
The North Shore Heritage Society says it appreciates the owner’s perseverance to save a beautiful heritage building in North Vancouver, and the society hopes it will be an inspiration for other heritage projects.
The Emery House at 256 East 1st Street in North Vancouver was built in 1908, and displays fine detailing such as fishscale shingle work, a gable screen, and lathe-turned verandah columns that associate it with the Queen Anne Revival style.
However, when Derek Porter of A Carpenter and A Gentleman acquired the property, it was in a poor condition.
Porter worked with the City of North Vancouver to rezone the lot to allow light industrial use and a 2-storey office structure behind it.
In 2015, the City awarded the project a Commercial Heritage Conservation Award.
The story of how the owner saved and transformed the home can be read on the website of North Shore Heritage Society.