Skeena Terrace Low Rent Housing, Vancouver, British Columbia (1961-1965)
Dates of creation
Level of archival description
Extent and Medium
14 drawings (including 12 reprographic copies)
8 photographic materials
2 textual documents
Scope and Content
This project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the Skeena Terrace Low Rent Housing Project, a housing development located on the eastern edge of Vancouver. Oberlander worked on this project between 1961 and 1965. The architectural firm in charge of the project was Underwood, McKinley, Cameron, Wilson & Smith Architects. The project was comprised of an eight-storey apartment tower and twenty-seven three-storey maisonettes. Oberlander was in charge of the landscape design for the twelve-acre site. The project initially included the construction of a roadway cutting the site in two, but was never built due to protests from the community. Oberlander's landscape plan included a design for an outdoor terrace and garden areas for the maisonnettes, a community garden and numerous recreational and social spaces. She also designed play scultpures for small children.
The project series contains design development drawings, including landscape plans and planting plans, working drawings, including a site plan and planting plans, a specifications addendum, an invitation to the official inauguration of the project, and photographs, which are mostly of the construction site.
Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages.