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INSIDE AN ICON Gaze with us at this West Side condo in a landmark Mid-Century Modern building, with complementary interiors by Vancouver design darling Jamie Pryde

by Michelle Hopkins

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rom the exterior, and to the untrained eye, the landmark Hycroft Towers building on Vancouver’s West Side might seem rather plain. Constructed in 1952, the concrete building sits on the coveted corner of Granville Street and 16th Avenue, where the kitchen gardens of businessman and politician Alexander Duncan McRae’s Hycroft Manor once stood. But

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this eight-storey-high, sprawling tower is a prime example of MidCentury Modern architecture – and there are stunning homes hidden between its walls. Inside this modernist icon, with banks of large windows running its length, is one particular such example. It’s a 1,700-square-foot, north-west facing condominium bathed in light and enjoying expansive views of the city, North Shore mountains and the ocean. Purchased in 2012 by a medical professional, it was important

for “Sandy” (the owner prefers to remain anonymous) to preserve many of its mid-century roots. This includes the original wall-towall windows, white oak hardwood floors, guest bathroom’s fixtures and brass hardware. “I restored the balcony, which the former owners had enclosed, to its original look,” she notes. Classic to the era, the condo had great bones but the layout needed a reconfiguration. Sandy’s first move was to flip the floorplan.

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West Coast Condo is the only publication in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to give readers all the latest local condo market news and...

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