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Graham House Demolished (2007)

Graham House Demolished (2007)

Graham House Demolished (2007)
May 11
15:47 2012

Graham House Demolished (2007)

6999 Isleview, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Designed in 1962 by Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, The Graham House, was set on a rock cliff dropping forty feet to the ocean below. The solution to this difficult site was the creation of a multi-storey house descending the slope in levels.  The 3,500 square foot wood and glass icon was originally built for David Graham.  The iconic home was purchased by a wealthy developer named Shiraz Lalji, who proceeded to tear it down in 2007 to make way for a much larger home.  Why this property wasn’t protected is beyond me.  The late Erickson, one of Vancouver’s most famous architects, even said, “The David Graham house in 1962 launched by reputation as the architect you went to when you had an impossible site.”  Heritage West Vancouver president Carolanne Reynolds said, “I really can’t understand why a person with a piece of art like that wouldn’t feel motivated to make it look its best and have the prestige of being in a house that’s internationally known.”  It’s really too bad that our city has lost such a unique home for something that will likely be out of style within a few years.

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