Track 6: INTEGRATING OLD AND NEW – BUILDINGS, DISTRICTS, and LANDSCAPES / Volet 6: Intégrer l’ancien et le nouveau – Immeubles, quartiers et paysages

Shannon Estate - an evolved Cultural Landscape

Friday, October 13
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The Shannon Estate is a 10-acre property in south Vancouver which has undergone four periods of evolution over the past century and a quarter. First as Shannon's dairy farm carved out of the wilderness, then as BT Rogers' country estate, Shannon, started in 1912, then transformed with Erickson/Massey’s modernist townhouse and apartments of the early 1970’s Shannon Mews redevelopment and finally as Wall Financial’s Shannon Estate rezoning, of which Phase 1 was completed last in 2016.

The Rogers' era buildings and landscapes have survived and been incorporated in the most recent phase, with the historic resources playing key roles in the site's planning, public access, open space and conservation plan. Surround new buildings have increased the density on the site, but been carefully planned and sited to respect the historic building and garden resources.

The Lodge (Gatehouse), granite and brick perimeter wall (xx m), garage and stables (Coach House), beaux arts Mansion, extensive Italianate Garden and a copse of beech trees have all been retained, rehabilitated and interpreted as part of phase 1 of the redevelopment of Shannon, a process that took over a decade and involved the coordinated efforts of Perkins+Will, Robert Lemon Architect Inc. and Durante Kruek, Landscape Architects.

The paper will present, in a PowerPoint format, a brief history of the site and its previous periods of development (5 minutes), the planning process for the site's recent redevelopment (5 minutes) and describing the integration and respect for views, public access, the linking of a new public park with the historic Italianate Garden and the conservation- including seismic upgrading and interior restoration- of the historic buildings (10 minutes). The rehabilitation work recently won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour.

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Robert G. Lemon

Robert Lemon Architect Inc.

Robert Lemon has over three decades of experience in heritage conservation and planning in British Columbia. He has a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of York (UK) and a certificate in conservation from ICCROM (Rome). He is the former Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Vancouver, is a board member (and past chair) of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and past director of APTI. His architectural practice has won numerous heritage awards for restoration and rehabilitation of landmark buildings in Vancouver.


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Tamara Anson-Cartwright

Tamara Anson-Cartwright is a Program Manager at the City of Toronto Planning Division (Heritage Preservation Services in Urban Design). Tamara manages a dynamic research and policy team focused on developing Heritage Conservation Districts and delivering the City’s heritage incentive programs and heritage evaluation of properties and cultural heritage landscapes for inclusion on the City's Heritage Register. She is currently leading a feasibility study for establishing a citywide heritage survey. Prior to joining City Planning in 2015, Tamara was a Heritage Advisor in the Ontario Government for more than 25 years developing policies, programs and services for the conservation of heritage properties throughout the province including the "Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties" and publications on conserving historic cemeteries and places of worship.


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