This gorgeous estate on West Vancouver’s historic Westdean Crescent is a vital part of the area’s rich history. Built in 1913 as a summer residence for Thomas Arthur Spencer, son of department store owner David Spencer, the house was selected in 1918 to appear on a promotional poster for the District of West Vancouver and has since been identified as a “Building of Primary Importance” by the West Vancouver Heritage Inventory.
Fremar Construction was contacted by a client who was considering purchasing this historic house with the intention of restoring it to its original grandeur. Honoured and excited to be part of such an important project, Fremar retained the services of architect John Graham and set to work on an extensive reconstruction that would involve nearly an entire rebuild of the house.
The underlying theme of this project was a continued sensitivity to the history of the house, which had undergone several renovations during its lifetime. Each step of the project required an assessment be made to determine whether to take a given element back to its original configuration or to continue forward with a past renovation.
Presenting another contemporary interpretation of the home's historic character, this entirely new living space features a striking, modern version of the original coffered ceilings. Further showing their dedication to perfection in every detail, Fremar matched all doors, windows, and finishes to those of the original house.
No expense was spared in this completely new room, and the result is a stunning blend of classic elegance and modern luxury. Details include countertops and full-height backsplashes of imported granite, custom-built maple cabinets and columns with a hand-rubbed white lacquer finish, and gorgeous stone floors with radiant heating.
Restoring this room involved a complete strip-back and rebuild. The original maple floors were reused and new flooring was treated to match the patina of the old floors. 75 years of build-up was removed from the stone fireplace, which remains completely original. To ensure design continuity, all new hardware was matched to the old by tracking down the original manufacturer, located in California.