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roselawn funeral chapel

1600 block of East Broadway
nr Commercial Drive.

n Funeral Home (1941)

The City's 1986 Heritage Register is out-of-date and full of holes; that means Roselawn Funeral Home may soon end up in one in a landfill site. As this exquisite 1941 Mission-style building is not listed on the Register, it has no protection against demolition.

The building and land occupy 4 lots recently purchased by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Although there is currently no development application, we understand Coastal Health intends to move the North Health Unit into a new building on this site. Roselawn deserves better!

By comparison, the former Imperial Oil Service Station (Malone's) on Cornwall, also Mission style, is listed as a 'B' on the Register. Roselawn, an East Broadway landmark, is at least as architecturally significant as Imperial Oil.

It should be listed on the Register and be eligible for heritage incentives. As the Home occupies only a portion of the site, the City could offer heritage incentives to facilitate retention of all or part of the existing building.



Sold for $3.2 million and demolished January 2009. Soon to be a 4 story builing owned and managed by Vancouver Coastal Health Society.

1669 E. Broadway – development and pre application process (Sue Davis):
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is planning to relocate the Grandview-Woodlands Community Health Centre and Mental Health Unit (currently located at 1st and Commercial) to 1669 E. Broadway. The working proposal is for a four storey building with retail on the 1st floor, and two floors above for health services. Other programs proposed include SAFER (services for those suffering from the loss of a loved-one), geriatric Intake, suicide prevention, and several outreach programs. Most of these services are provided for residents in Grandview-Woodlands and KCC communities.

This proposal is in the pre-application stage – there has been no development permit application made yet to the City of Vancouver. VCH is hosting a pre-application Open House on Saturday, February 16 at Britannia Secondary School. Information about VCH programs will be available at this event.

Source: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/cityplan/visions/kcc/meetings/08feb7.htm

This is a circa 1907 real photo vintage postcard showing the Roselawn Funeral Home's first location at1287 Davie Street, Vancouver and likely owned by John T Stephenson. This postcard was sent to his brother Thos Stephenson who owned the Ailsa Craig Ontario Funeral Parlour. ( image and info found on Ebay postcards)

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