W.K. Wong Residence, Vancouver, British Columbia (1957-1958)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Duncan McNab and Associates (architectural firm)
  • Harry Lee (architect)

W.K. Wong Residence, Vancouver, British Columbia (1957-1958)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 6 drawings (including 4 reprographic copies)
    4 photographic materials
Scope and content:
This project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the garden of Mr & Mrs Wong residence on South Cambie Street in Vancouver. Oberlander worked on this project in 1954-1956 with architect Harry Lee from Duncan McNab’s office. Oberlander’s concept for the landscape was to create a garden with rock outcropping, due to the complicated site on which the house was built. She “designed a main walkway paralleling the side yard property line to connect S. Cambie Street to the rear alley.” [1] The walkway, decorated with flowerpots, leads to a u-shaped paved courtyard with a central lawn area with decorative rocks. Between the expose rock at the front of the property and the façade of the house, she created a lawn area with a pathway of steppingstones at the side of house leading to the backyard.

The project series contains only six drawings, including two sketches, two design development drawings of landscape plans, and working drawings for the residence used as reference. The project is also documented through photographs of the residence and the landscaping, and a plant list.

[1] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages. p. 88.
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Vancouver British Columbia Canada


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