David Graham House to be Demolished


What we’re looking at right here is The David Graham House by Arthur Erickson built in 1963 that is bound to be demolished. To update you on the house before I burst into tears: Graham house is located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The project was difficult as the characteristicss of the terrain were very demanding; it was build on a rock cliff dropping 12 meters. It stands on a rock bench overlooking the sea, and with the help of several sections and levels, crawls on the slope. And now some bright douche decided it was time to demolish it. Motherf*****. Oh wait, this is my blog – motherfucker I believe was the censored word. Why yes, yes it was.


“I really can’t understand why a person with a piece of art like that wouldn’t feel motivated to make it look its best and have the prestige of being in a house that’s internationally known,” (Carolanne Reynolds, West Vancouver Heritage)

I don’t know who in the world has the heart to bring this house down. Supposedly it hasn’t been taken care of in a while and is in a bad condition. Luckily there are people with souls over there that are more than willing to fight for this iconic piece of architecture. Ari Mensurian, a university student, said that he is prepared to chain himself to the building in order to prevent the demolitian and not long ago held a protest. He went to the site and concluded that there is no constructional damage. West Vancouvre Heritage also agrees that the building is a big part of the image of Vancouvre and that it at least should be relocated.


They are debating the issue but the demolution is happening almost inevitably if they won’t come up with something quick. Stephen Mikicich, the district’s senior community planner, said the district is also working with the Arthur Erickson Conservancy to fully document the importance of 11 other Erickson homes in West Vancouver. If they will go through with the demolition*sigh* a new project will be built on the site.

I’ll allow myself to speak in the name of all architecture students: please, for the love of whichever god you believe in, spare the house its existance. Spend the money you want to build the new project with on renewing this one.

(via: TreeHugger and Canada.com, photo courtesy: Arthur Erickson)


5 Responses to “David Graham House to be Demolished”

  1. 1 Israr November 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I feel sorry for the one who want to demolish it. poor blind fellow. i wish i could get him eyes to see and to realize that wot the fuck he is going to do.. if i were there i would have bought it and live in it… its priceless and timless

  2. 2 steve bothwell August 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Hi there. whilst scrawling through the masses of available vacational accomodation in vancouver i stumbled across this site.

    I am presently escaping (temporarily) Scotland, Aberdeen to be precise. Aberdeen council is famous for demolishing every nice, cool, historic, quality well designed building in the city and replacing them when utter shite. They are presently considering building on and over Union Terrace Gardens, which is a stunning Victorian park in the city centre.

    One of the reasons why i chose Vancouver as a holiday destination was because of its diversity, architectural and public open spaces – parks etc.

    I looked at the images of your house and was blown away by the cubist granduer, brilliantly designed wonderment.

    AS i have only been on this site 2 minutes, i feel that the earth is turning the wrong way, and the ‘thick’ are taking over the world, with disastrous effect.

    Anyway, still looking for great accomodation, that wont tie me to a bland box with token television and pointlessly pointless slippers and robes.

    If you want me to chain myself, or send a rocket up some twats back side, i’ll be in Vancouver for the month of September.

    Keep fighting.

    Steve Bothwell

  3. 3 wai September 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Steven!

    This is just a blog so I’m afraid I don’t have any direct contact info for this house.
    Wish I could be there to chain myself to the house with you.


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  5. 5 ... July 5, 2015 at 10:21 am

    i just learned about this house while searching the internet … did it get saved? or did the fool demolish it? i hope it’s the former & not the latter!

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