SkyTrain Explorer Chapter 7: Nanaimo Station

This Much Maligned House Style

John Atkin: “The 2600 block of 24th is one block of nothing but Vancouver Specials all built in 1972. This much maligned house style is an effecient use of land, cheap to build (the shallow roof line is the maximum slope you can still use a tar and gravel roof on), easy to maintain and not as bad as commentators and urban critics make them out to be. In fact most efforts to improve the basic Special through zoning and design guidelines have led to the many nasty ill-proportioned home designs Vancouver's neighbourhoods get stuck with today. In its basic form the Special was a response to zoning by maximizing the allowable building envelope and floor space, and it was adaptable to various lot sizes, as can be seen on this street. Decorative schemes are quite varied with different railing designs for the balcony, brick and stone on the lower levels and a variety of trim details. It had a long run in the city with the first examples being built in the early 1960s and the last in the early 1980s when zoning bylaws changed.”

I walked up this street as part of Nanaimo SkyTrain Station chapter of SkyTrain Explorer: Heritage Walks From Every Station, from which the quote above appears (on p. 66). I took photos of the north side of the 2600 block [Flickr mirror] and the south side [Flickr mirror]. The vancouverspecials.com domain is already taken, of course, but it has a rotating gallery of Vancouver Special photos.

Curious Duplex With Its Odd Roof Line From the 1940s

So-called by John Atkin in SkyTrain Explorer. The duplex is 2668 and 2670 E. 23rd. Ave.

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Stamped on the corner of E. 25th Ave. and Kamloops in Vancouver.

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Trail Near Nanaimo SkyTrain Station

The trees to the left block the view and presumably some sound of the SkyTrains passing by. If I knew what the trail was called, I probably wouldn't refer to it as SkyTrail.

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Diagonal View of the Curious Duplex

So-called by John Atkin in SkyTrain Explorer. The duplex is 2668 and 2670 E. 23rd. Ave. See the front view I took with my camera phone.

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E. King Edward Ave.

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sillygwailo added a note: Hard to see, but this says "E. King Edward Ave", as this was, according to SkyTrain Explorer, the original name of 25th.

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Vancouver Specials on South Side of the 2600 Block of E. 24th Ave.

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Submitted by Trajan K on Sun 2006-04-09 03:51 #

that's a nice kept lawn. wonder what they use.

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Submitted by Sebastian Albrecht on Tue 2013-02-12 13:49 #

Wow! What a great real estate shot from Vancouver! I have featured it in my market report from the area on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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