News 1130 reported earlier that Vancouver’s second oldest home (Henderson home) may soon face the wrecking ball. The home, located at 502 Alexander Street in Strathcona (Japantown) was built by Irish settler John Baptist Henderson in 1888. A permit application has been made to the city and if approved the home will be torn down.
The possibility of the heritage home being torn down has historians and other Vancouverites up in arms. They claim that although the house is in rough shape it was built to last and can be restored. They propose that the house be moved to a nearby lot and then fully restored. However, because the house lies outside the heritage districts of Gastown and Chinatown, the city claims limited financial tools are available at their disposal.
The house is currently owned by Atira Women’s Resource Society.
Heritage Vancouver issued a bulletin about this situation, which you can read here.
Imagess courtesy of Flickr member SqueakyMarmot via Heritage Vancouver