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
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the Skeena Terrace Low Rent Housing Project, a housing development located in 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 one eight-storey apartment tower and 27 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 protest from the community. Oberlander's landscape planning included design for 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 for the project.
The project series contains design development drawings, including landscape plans and planting plans, and working drawings, including a site plan and planting plans, a specifications addendum, an invitation to the official inauguration of the project and photographs, mainly construction site photographs.
Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages.