Forrest-Baker Residence, 1962
Forrest/ Baker Residence, 1962
West Vancouver, BC
Designed by Ron Thom with Dick Mann
Thompson, Berwick & Pratt
Massey Medal for Architecture, 1964
Primary Building on the West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture (1945-75)
Featured in the 2013-15 travelling exhibition Ron Thom and the Allied Arts and accompanying publication
Featured in the West Coast Modern Home Tour
The Forrest–Baker Residence was designed by Ron Thom with Dick Mann and built in 1962 originally for Mr. and Mrs. Terry S. Forrest. The house is also commonly referred to as the Baker Residence, after its longest occupants and caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Baker. Exhibiting his geometric prowess, as does all of Thom’s works, the Forrest–Baker House was designed to carry the undulating lines of its surrounding topography, to step down the mountain with expansive overhangs and open up towards exquisite views to the city beyond. The Forrest-Baker Residence is a stunning example of West Coast Modern architecture, exuberating the creativity and elegance of mid-century design in West Vancouver. To this end, it has been identified as a Primary Building in the West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture and was the recipient of a 1964 Massey Medal for Architecture.
The Forrest-Baker Residence is a magnum opus of West Coast Modernism, a work whose form, detail and character provide for a rich and palpable reflection of its place and of the height of mid-century architecture on the west coast. While it is recognized as a primary heritage resource in West Vancouver, it does not benefit for any legal protection. We are hopeful that a path forward can be found to retain and protect this spectacular architectural resource.
November 18, 2019: The District of West Vancouver has received a demolition application for the Baker Residence, a 1962 Ron Thom original. West Vancouver District Staff sought and were granted a Temporary Protection Order from the West Vancouver Council at the Nov. 18th council meeting.
District of West Vancouver Council Report. October 24, 2019.
West Van Blocks Destruction of Rare Ron Thom House, For Now, Ben Richter. November 20, 2019. North Shore News.
A West Vancouver Tear-Down Wins it’s Buyer’s Heart, Adele Weder. April 13, 2012. The Globe and Mail.
An Inside Tour of a Ron Thom Home. April 13, 2012. Updated April 30, 2018. The Globe and Mail.
West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture, 1988.
Robins, T., Brigette Shim, Thomas Symons, Adele Weder (2013). Ron Thom and the Allied Arts. West Vancouver Museum.
Shadbolt, Douglas (1995). Ron Thom: The Shaping of an Architect. Douglas & McIntyre.