• Vancouver Specials 30″ x 75″, archival print backmounted to aluminum, edition of 5 18″ x 45″, archival print backmounted to aluminum, edition of 7
    Vancouver Specials
    30" x 75", archival print backmounted to aluminum, edition of 5
    18" x 45", archival print backmounted to aluminum, edition of 7

    Since their first appearance in 1965, the Vancouver Special has become ubiquitous throughout the city, especially the eastern half. The only house style completely unique to Vancouver, they were initially targeted for immigrant families looking for an affordable, modern home designed to optimize use of the 33 foot wide city lot. The original plans could be purchased at City Hall for $65, permits were given out almost immediately, and they could be built in as little as three weeks. With no basement to excavate, they were quick, convenient, and inexpensive. By the mid 80's their boxy, utilitarian, stucco/wood paneling/brick or stone veneer aesthetic had become so reviled that they earned their derisive name and bylaws were passed to prevent their further construction. Over 10,000 remain today, symbols of the city's rapid growth and working class practicality.