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Many of Vancouver’s historic buildings were influenced by Western European architecture, but how many can be credited for creating a style particular to Vancouver and the West Coast? To educate and inspire, VHF’s Mid-Century Modern House Tour takes place Saturday, September 20th from 1-5pm showcasing a distinctly West Coast architectural style and the architects who have become internationally renowned. One house on this year’s tour is the 1947 Saba House by Charles ‘Ned’ Pratt, listed not only of primary significance on the Vancouver Heritage Register but also as one of Canada’s Historic Places. Using available cedar and fir, floor to ceiling windows, and designing an interior for maximum livability, Pratt’s two level Saba House is functional as well as beautiful and suited to the West Coast climate.
Pratt joined the Vancouver architecture firm of Sharp and Thompson in 1937 and throughout the 1950s-60s, the firm of Sharp, Thompson, Berwick and Pratt designed iconic modern buildings like the BC Electric Building (1957) and worked with notable Canadian architects, Barry Downs, Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom, until closing in 1990. Pratt was born in Boston but raised in Victoria and Vancouver, and went to the 1933 Olympics for rowing. A recent article on Ned Pratt’s 1951 West Van home shows the adaptability of west coast modern design and its appeal today in renovated homes and new modern constructions. Ned Pratt was a key figure in the development of post and beam construction in the Vancouver area.
The home on this years tour was built for the Clarence Saba Family. Do you remember the Saba Bros. ? If you walk north down Granville Street just past the Hudson’s Bay, you can imagine in 1925 shoppers passing the elegant Saba Brothers shop. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>