The century previous dwelling on West 2nd close to Blanca has solely had two house owners
Consider it or not, there’s nonetheless an previous log home in Level Gray. And you can argue it’s probably the most distinctive previous home in Vancouver.
The six-bedroom house is on the market for the primary time in seven a long time, for $11.9 million. However the sky-high value isn’t due to the log home, it’s as a result of the property stretches over three heaps that supply breathtaking views of English Bay, downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.
“Do you bear in mind the Vancouver Present within the ’80s?” asks Jennifer Fahrni, whose household has owned the house since 1950. “The view was truly the primary shot of the Vancouver Present (a nightly TV present on CKVU). That was the shot from the (second storey) balcony to the town.”
There’s a bust of a girl on the balcony that appears out on the view, certainly one of many artworks that adorn the property. But it surely isn’t a bust of simply anyone, it’s a self-portrait by the late Jean Fahrni, an artist who made the house an inventive hub for seven a long time.
Jean Fahrni died June 2, 2019 on the age of 100. An in depth pal of the legendary Haida artist Invoice Reid, she held numerous occasions within the dwelling for cultural organizations through the years.
“(Reid) hung round the home, he was a fixture at Thanksgiving and Christmas and late at night time,” stated Jennifer Fahrni, certainly one of Jean’s 4 kids.
“They had been nice, nice mates, from earlier than I used to be born. He made her a bracelet that’s certainly one of a sort. He didn’t make any with mastodon ivory, aside from for her. He stated, ‘Since you’re such a white lady, I needed to put the ivory in there.’”
Jean Fahrni’s heat, participating character was a superb match for her dwelling, which has massive rooms with tall ceilings that had been good for entertaining.
The cedar logs have a darkish stain and adorn the outside of the home. However the inside is extra like an arts and crafts dwelling, with common partitions, coffered ceilings and pollard oak flooring with attractive inlays across the corners.
In line with the humanities and crafts theme, the fireside mantles are comprised of stones that had been dug out of the Capilano River and barged over to the location. The den is outstanding, with a large river rock hearth surrounded by six foot tall fir panelling topped by plate rails.
We must also be aware of the enormous Douglas fir and cedar timber that flank the entrance of the home. The fir is likely to be 10-storeys excessive, and there’s a bit of burl within the cedar that somebody has subtly carved right into a face.
The 5,000 sq. ft. home at 4686 West 2nd is alleged thus far to 1912, however doesn’t seem in an area listing till 1918, so could not have been completed till 1916 or 1917. It will have been constructed when Level Gray was a separate municipality — it joined Vancouver in 1928.
The primary proprietor was Ontario lawyer James Francis Joseph Cashman, and one of many architects was Richard Perry, who designed one other acclaimed heritage construction, the Tudor-revival Tatlow Courtroom residences in Kitsilano.
The story goes that Cashman met Tom and Frank Murphy, who had a small timber firm on the Sunshine Coast. The Murphys had reduce a bunch of logs for telegraph poles, however there was a recession due to the First World Struggle and so they weren’t in a position to promote them.
In order that they satisfied Cashman to construct a log home with their unused logs.
“Cashman bought all these logs, and so they floated all of them the best way from Half Moon Bay to Spanish Banks,” relates Will McKitka of Sotheby’s Realty, who’s promoting the house. “Then they used draw horses and dragged them as much as the location.”
The home would have been out within the boonies when it was constructed, extra like a country lodge within the forest than an everyday dwelling.
The outside has a big lined porch, equivalent to these at previous railway stations. It’s large enough to arrange a desk and chairs to dine exterior and take within the view. There may be additionally a big patio in again with a big eating space that has a tremendous wisteria vine that wraps across the again of the home.
“(Jean’s) crowning glory was that wisteria, (which) was planted when the home was constructed,” stated Jennifer Fahrni.
“It’s the mom of the wisteria at Van Dusen (Gardens). My aunt was a grasp gardener at Van Dusen and he or she would take plenty of clippings from the backyard to numerous locations.”
However the large wisteria, fir and cedar timber solely add to the complexity of any potential redevelopment of the location.
The home is listed as Heritage A on the Metropolis of Vancouver’s Heritage Register, the very best designation. But it surely was constructed in the midst of the location, so including some other buildings could be difficult.
“Hopefully somebody buys the house and does a major renovation and enjoys it for what it’s,” stated realtor McKitka.
“However that will take a major funding. There may be an argument to be made that somebody may retain this home and construct an infill home, or somebody could need to construct three new properties.
“The home is on the town’s historic record, however there is no such thing as a heritage bylaw connected to it, so that will enable a possible purchaser to go to the town and negotiate, maybe retaining the heritage home and on the identical time rising densification, which the town is clearly in favour of.
“And naturally it will requite rezoning. It will be a prolonged, expensive process.”
However it’s a distinctive dwelling, with a novel historical past.
We haven’t even gotten into Jean’s husband, Dr. Harry Fahrni, an orthopedic surgeon who travelled the world for spinal analysis.
Jean Fahrni went alongside on his journeys to Indonesia and assembled a group of 600 ceramics that she donated to the Museum of Vancouver. They had been included in an exhibition of Asian ceramics on the time of her demise.
“I acquired her from the hospital and he or she acquired all spruced up, like she all the time was, and took her to the opening of the present, which was within the Vancouver Museum,” stated Jennifer Fahrni.
She was a trooper to the top, Jean Fahrni.