The term “Vancouver Special” refers to a style of home design in the city popular from the ’60s through the ’80s. These two-storey houses, often with brick and stucco facades, aren’t much to look at, architecturally speaking. But they were designed to be affordable and to maximize square footage on small lots, important features for the influx of immigrants and other buyers who snatched them up.
Now, a new exhibit by artist Ken Lum – best known locally for designing the iconic East Van cross – is looking back at the heyday of the Vancouver Special, with a bit of nostalgia for a bygone era of affordability in the city. Titled Vancouver Especially, the exhibit consists of a scale model of a Vancouver Special-style home, built on a vacant plot of land on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Continue reading:
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