B.C. Binning House, 1941
B.C. Binning House, 1941
West Vancouver, BC
Designed by B.C. Binning with consulting architects C.E. Ned Pratt and R.A.D. Berwick
Landscape design by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
B.C. Binning was a renowned B.C. artist and champion for regional architecture and design. Designed by B.C. Binning and completed in 1941, the Binning House is revered in artistic, architectural, and heritage circles, standing as a testament to Binning’s artistic influence, and to his pivotal role in the emergence of a regional architectural expression of modernism on the west coast (West Coast Modernism). Beyond being a cultural hub in the artistic and architectural communities, the Binning House stands as Canada’s first modern residence, and pioneering example of the characteristics that have come to define West Coast Modernism and the design principles that have since permeated city building efforts across the region. Under the auspices of Jesse Binning, who acted to preserve the house and surrounding grounds, it was recognized as a Municipally Designated Heritage Property in 1999, governed by Heritage Designation Bylaw No. 4157 and Heritage Maintenance Bylaw No. 4187, and a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.
Municipally-Designated Heritage Property, 1999
National Historic Site of Canada, 1997
Primary Building, West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975
November 15, 2018: District of West Vancouver Design Review Committee considered the revised HRA proposal and recommended support with further study by District staff on the items noted below. According to the District, the proposal is to be considered by the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) on December 6, 2018.
- Further design development of the cantilevered wall to consider both access from below and the design of the planting above to reflect something that is more comfortable for the users of the J House
- Limit the height of the art box so that it is consistent with the sections
October 26, 2018: A revised proposal has been submitted for reconsideration by the District of West Vancouver Design Review Committee. The committee is scheduled to consider the proposal at its November 1, 2018 meeting.
November 16, 2017: District of West Vancouver Design Review Committee considered the proposal and passed the following recommendations. According to the District, the proponent is required to address the recommendations and resubmit to the Design Review Committee for consideration.
THAT the Design Review Committee commends the applicant for the restoration of the Binning House and that the committee recommends RESUBMISSION that addresses the following concerns:
- Access to the new J House;
- Volume, scale and proximity of the J House in relationship to the Binning House;
- Provide a landscape plan for the entire site;
- Provide details of the green roof and planting materials;
- Consider the volume and sitting of the proposed new garage and caretaker suite; and
- Reconsider the extent of manipulation of the landscape to accommodate the proposed driveway.
April 5, 2017: A proposal has been submitted to the District of West Vancouver for the subdivision and development of the B.C. Binning house and property.
Application details can be found here:
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July 10, 2015
STATEMENT ON THE IMPENDING SALE OF THE B.C. BINNING HOUSE
VANCOUVER: After a lengthy court battle, the 1941 historic B.C. Binning House has finally been sold to a private buyer and the net proceeds will go to the University of British Columbia, as per the secondary wish stated in the will of Jessie Binning. Jessie’s first wish, as expressed in her will, was to have the House maintained for historic and scholarly purposes for the wider community. In the spirit of collaboration, we encourage the buyer whose own intentions honour the essence of Jessie’s first wish, who is appreciative of its unique cultural and historic value, and whose own plans for the house dovetail with the following:
- commitment of a minimum expenditure of $250,000 to restore the House;
- intention to allow limited periodic scholarly and community access to the House.
- consideration of a heritage covenant under Section 219 of the provincial Land Title Act to strengthen the current municipal protection against alteration or demolition;
Along with so many others in the community and across Canada, we are hoping that the impending sale will generate a positive outcome.
Adele Weder, Wendi Campbell, John Patkau, Mike Bernard, Kim Smith, Gavin Froome, Cameron McLellan and Jeanette Langmann
—Board of Directors, West Coast Modern League
Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director Emeritus, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
Linda Fraser, Archivist and Chief Curator, Canadian Architectural Archives, Calgary
Cornelia Oberlander, Landscape Architect, Vancouver
—Advisors to the Board
“Changes Proposed for West Vancouver’s Historic Binning House Lot,” Brent Richter. October 14, 2017. North Shore News.