c.1925 First Shaughnessy Mansion Expanded & Remodelled by Formwerks Lists for $23.8M CAD
1656 Laurier Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6J 2V4
A unique historic home on one of Vancouver’s ritziest streets will live to see another day, albeit in an expanded and remodelled form, a refreshing change from the norm in Vancouver. All thanks to a newly adopted bylaw restricting historic homes falling in the First Shaughnessy Heritage Conservation Area from being torn down. The project was headed by Formwerks and Feature Projects Limited alongside a small army of contractors, designers – all bringing their expertise to the table. The project included lifting the existing 6,687 square foot home in order to build a new foundation and add an underground garage. According to Feature Projects Limited, exterior walls and windows were retained to respect the home’s character, while modern amenities, including an elevator, 15 seat home theatre and wine cellar were added to the newly expanded 10,000 square foot interior. Despite a cooling market in Vancouver, the newly completed project has just hit the market for $23,800,000 CAD. According to Every Place Has A Story, it was built c.1925 for Joe Hobbs, founder of Hobbs Bros, a ship holding company and front for smuggling activities. In more recent years the historic home has been appearing and disappearing from the market quite frequently. It sold in 2011 for $7,000,000 CAD and was relisted just a year later for $8,680,000 CAD. It eventually sold for $8,000,000 CAD prior to the total renovation. Scroll down to take a look at what it previously looked like and see a selection of construction photos. It’s on the market for $23,800,000 CAD with Winnie Y. Chung.