Evergreen Building restoration, Vancouver, British Columbia (2006)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Arthur Erickson (architect)

Evergreen Building restoration, Vancouver, British Columbia (2006)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.06 l.m. of textual records
    112 drawings (including 102 reprographic copies)
    1 digital file (31 MB)
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the restauration of the Evergreen Building, a ten-story office tower on West Pender Street, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The building was previously known as the Laxton Building. The project consisted in renovations work to the building, design by architect Arthur Erickson in the 1980. Oberlander herself worked with Erickson at the time. After helping to save the building from demolition in the early 2000s, Oberlander worked as a landscape consultant for Omicron Architecture Engineering Construction Co. in 2006-2007. She was consulted for the restoration of the landscaping at the street level and the replanting of the planted balconies she had created while working with Erickson. As the building facade consisted in a stepped facade with an alternance of zigzag floor plates and straight floor plates, Oberlander chose cascading plants for the zigzag floors and upright planting for the straight floors. "Since the plants were brought to the structure's edges, the geometries of the building were dramatically amplified." [1] The Evergreen Building received a heritage status in the mid-2000s.

This project series contains only materials related to the 2006-2007 renovations project. The project series comprises sketches, design development drawings, including site plans, plantings plans and landscape elevations, and buildings plans used as reference. The project series is also documented through corrsepondence, including correspondence with architects and contractors, specifications, plant lists, digital files of a presentation on the existing site condition, financial material, and research material for the project.

[1] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages, p. 139.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Vancouver British Columbia Canada

Related units of description:
  • For materials related to the original landscape design for the Evergreen Building, than known as the Laxton Building, in 1980, see the project series AP075.S1.1979.PR03.

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