The District of West Vancouver staff is seeking Council permission to delay issuing a demolition permit application for a heritage home in Ambleside.
The permit has been applied by the owner of the property to demolish the Nesbitt House at 1281 Clyde Avenue, and has indicated they plan to build new home there. An order from Council would withhold the demolition permit for up to 60 days from the date of the resolution.
Meanwhile, the District staff has provided the owner with information regarding heritage value of the existing house building and potential incentives available in exchange for retaining the heritage home.
The Nesbitt House was constructed in 1926 and is listed on the Community Heritage Register. It is located on Clyde Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street in Ambleside. According to the District, John and Emily Nesbitt settled in Ambleside in 1912, and established a small dairy farm at 1271 Clyde Avenue.
Their son Harry, one of West Vancouver’s early ‘Blue bus’ drivers, built the modest Craftsman bungalow next door at 1281 Clyde Avenue in 1926. The original Nesbitt House was a modest Craftsman-style bungalow which was later enlarged with a two-storey addition in 1982. The oldest part is still clad in the original unpainted cedar shingles.
The house is significant because of its association with the pioneer Nesbitt family and the early development of the Ambleside neighbourhood.