North Shore Neighbourhood House Playground, Vancouver, British Columbia (1968)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

North Shore Neighbourhood House Playground, Vancouver, British Columbia (1968)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 44 drawings (including 38 reprographic copies)
    10 photographic material
    0.01 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the playground of the North Shore Neighbourhood House in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Oberlander worked on this project in 1968. The landscape concept was to encourage creative play for toddlers and preschool-age children. In this idea, Oberlander created “a story-high platform only accessible by ladder that provided opportunities for children to test their courage and physical strength.” [1] She also designed seating placed around the base of preserved mature trees to provide social spaces. The playground also included a large sand box, a winding stone-lined pool, and child-size vehicles and play props.

Project series contains sketches, design development drawings, including playground general plan and installation details, a presentation drawing, and working drawings, such as play structures installation plans, elevation, sections and details plans for the play structure. The project is also documented through specifications for the projects and photographs of the completed playground.

[1] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages. p. 109.
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Vancouver British Columbia Canada


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