Duclos House

Strathcona is Vancouver’s first residential neighbourhood outside of the downtown core, and is steeped in history. This home was built in 1892 by Adolphus Duclos, a carpenter and saw filer at the Hastings Mill. The structure is a tall, thin Queen Anne, with a lot of history in need of restoration and care.

The house was badly neglected and never extensively renovated, so it retained many of its original wood elements. Maestro carefully removed and set aside the ornate wood mouldings, then gutted the home to its studs and rebuilt the rear wall to accommodate an increase in floor space on the top level. The mouldings, doors, and double-hung windows were carefully restored, and the fir flooring, cast-iron tub, sink, and simple brick chimney, brought back to life. Reclaimed beams from the demolition of the nearby Drake Hotel were used on the main floor to structurally support a new open floor plan.

A separate, modern, garden-level loft suite was finished with soaring 11’ ceilings, and a high-efficiency boiler was installed to feed in-floor radiant heat in the basement slab and hot water baseboard heaters upstairs. Ventilation is supplied by an HRV, and a new sprinkler system safeguards the abundance of wood.

On the exterior, asphalt panels were removed and the facade restored with decorative shingles and lapped wooden siding throughout. The home’s original ornamental brackets and craftsman details had long since been lost, but were replicated based on historic photos and hints in the old paint outlines. The front entry was also rebuilt to blend into the streetscape, while an asymmetric roof and deck in back provide an interesting counterpoint to the rest of the home.

Design by Architrix Design Studio.