This fascinating structure is what is known as the Black House, on E. 6th by Main. Bruce Macdonald has been researching this property and is sure it is from 1889 and is perhaps the oldest building extant in Vancouver outside of the old downtown core. It is in solid shape and is currently occupied by six artists as a living/display space.
The reason I have used this image is that last night, five members of the Grandview Heritage Group joined the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group for their regular meeting which took place in this house.
The Mount Pleasant folks are pulling their organization together in a fine way. Last night’s meeting was to introduce the candidates for their Treasured Properties sign campaign (similar to our Centenary Houses Signs Project). While Mount Pleasant has a number of well-known Victorian and Edwardian buildings, the MPHG has deliberately chosen a much wider assortment of buildings to celebrate, including houses, apartment blocks, and stores. It was a very cool list and we look forward to the group finalizing the plans for celebrating them.
On behalf of GHG, I’d like to thank the hosts for their interesting presentation, their kind hospitality with beer and snacks and, last but not least, a grand tour of this wonderful old building.