Woyat-Bowie Building, 1966
Woyat–Bowie Building, 1966
West Vancouver, BC
Designed by Fred Hollingsworth & Barry Downs
Primary Building on the West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture (1945-75)
West Vancouver Community Heritage Register (2019)
Proposal for Development & Heritage Designation
Last update October 9, 2021
Constructed in 1966, the Woyat-Bowie Building is a low-slung, one-storey commercial structure designed by architects Fred Hollingsworth and Barry Downs. The building, an early example of West Coast Modernism in a commercial structure, was originally commissioned and designed to house medical/dental practices, for Drs. Woyat & Bowie, and studios for the architects. Hollingsworth and Downs practiced in partnership from 1962-1967, designing many notable buildings across the region. Following dissolution of the partnership, Fred Hollingsworth would go on to work out of the building before eventually relocating his studio to a private residence.
The design of the Woyat-Bowie Building drew inspiration from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, along with principles of organic planning, Japanese architecture, and the integration of the interior with its surroundings. Viewed from the street, the building presents as two, solid, stucco-clad wings painted in white, joined in the center by a cedar-clad monitor roof hovering over a full-height glass entryway. Bounded on two sides by public roads, the design turns the inhabitant’s attention away from the street, as does much of West Coast Modernist architecture, instead pulling the focus of each of the offices towards a series of interior courtyards. The building projects a quiet presence with clean, beautifully detailed, simple forms.
Proposal for Rezoning and Heritage Designation
The District of West Vancouver is considering a proposal to rezone several properties surrounding the Woyat-Bowie Building in order to allow for construction of an 8-storey apartment building containing 89 residential units. Along with the rezoning is a proposal to designate the Woyat-Bowie as a municipal heritage resource, ensuring its continued protection and maintenance, and to provide for commercial and office spaces for the overall development.
- Development Proposal
- Council Report outlining the Proposal – August 12, 2021
- Notice of Public Hearing – October 19, 2021
- Public Information Meeting – October 5, 2021
- Statement of Significance, John Atkins History & Research
- Conservation Approach, John Atkins History & Research
- Design Submission to Heritage Advisory Committee
Support the Designation of this Landmark
If you wish to lend your input on the proposal development and heritage designation, the District of West Vancouver is seeking public comment via written submissions or participation in the Public Hearing.
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- West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975. F.G. Architecture & Planning Consultants. District of West Vancouver, 1994.
- Statement of Significance. John Atkins History & Research.