Smurf House Dodges Wrecking Ball

Vancouver Canada


March 23, 2014.The little cottage at 587 West King Edward was built in 1942 for Canadian National Railroad foreman William James as a workman’s appreciation for high culture. Loosely based upon the farmhouse of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, the Tudoresque styling was the work of architect Ross Lort who also created two other Hathaway Cottages on West Broadway and in West Vancouver, as well as the Spanish style mansion, Casa Mia,  on Marine Drive and Maxine’s Beauty School in the West End. Through the years, James’ cottage slid into kitsch nomenclature and became known as the Jack and Jill House, Hansel and Gretel House, Hobbit House and Smurf House. In 2014 four houses on the West 500 block of King Edward, including the  Smurf House, were slated for densification – the three westerly homes will be replaced by 20 condos, but the Smurf House will be spared and renovated as Vancouver Heritage.

There goes the neighbourhood. Three westerly homes to be demolished.

Archival inkjet digital photographs dry mount collaged onto 40w x 30h inch rag board. Black ink holographic text. 2015

Exhibited April 2015, Eraser Street show, grunt Gallery, Vancouver Canada