History

The McDevitt Houses are significant for their Edwardian-era architecture and for their association with Vancouver homebuilder, Jeremiah McDevitt. The house displays typical features such as its linear rectangular plan, front-gabled roof, and projecting front-gabled porch with triangular pediment. Incorporating quality local materials produced in local sawmills, such as sawn cedar shingles and wooden lapped siding, and employing the talented craftsmanship of Vancouver’s early tradesmen.


McDevitt Houses, North and South, were constructed in 1909 by Ontario born Jeremiah McDevitt (1863-1939), who had moved to Vancouver with his wife Flora between 1902 and 1903. Making his living as a carpenter, McDevitt constructed the house at 431 Vernon Drive in 1903, where he lived with his family for the next six years. During his final year on the block, McDevitt constructed the two additional Vernon Drive houses. McDevitt was recognized as one of Vancouver’s early homebuilders, contributing to the development of the city throughout its earliest days. Formally trained as an engineer, McDevitt was involved in the construction of the New Westminster bridge in 1902 and Todd’s salmon trap operations at Sooke. The McDevitt Houses along Vernon Street remain as a testament to McDevitt’s craftsmanship and exist as good representations of the Edwardian-era style. Asanti Homes is revitalizing this historic site with an approach that will respect the past while adding gentle density and using modern technolgies and sustainable envirnomental methods to respect the future.




Read more about the history of Vernon Drive.
Read about the 437 Vernon Drive Conservation Plan and the 445 Vernon Drive Conservation Plan.