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The Dorothies

This is a pretty long post but worth a read, perhaps if you don't have time to read it now, read it when you have a moment, it's a great story! I have been chomping at the bit to finally write about this. I am absolutely ecstatic! If you're a regular follower of mine and read my blog, you'll know that I'm completely devoted to old homes and sadly watch them get torn down on a regular basis. Caroline Adderson, the founder of Vancouver Vanishes Facebook Page and I teamed up about a year ago to document all of the homes that have been and are getting torn down. The library is quite large and unfortunately keeps growing every week. We're the ones that go into these homes, no matter how scary they look, we trudge through the sad remains of the once beautiful home. Sometimes people have gone in to take some of the character, some of the hardwood is gone or most times, its all left to go into the landfill. Sometimes we'll go into a home and nothing has been touched. The home is in perfect condition, boasting all of its glorious character.... and all of it's furniture in some cases, left for the wrecking ball.

This post isn't going to be a "fluffy and pretty" post this week but it certainly is a happy one. Caroline and I had been watching two homes that were slated for demolition, and were disgusted so much that a petition was created to prevent them from a demise. With the help of several neighbours, friends and family, some that grew up having the Dorothies in their neighbourhood, we succeeded in saving them!!!!! The developer had purchased the land and had planned on tearing them down to build a home for his family. After seeing how distraught people were to know of his plan, he changed his mind. The Dorothies had been named after the first two wives that lived in each home at the same time, Dorothy Smith & Dorothy MacMillan. Caroline participated in each and every step of the way in order to help save these and proudly, I was there to document every step of the way. I even had my moment of stardom on the news the day they were moved :-) Here is my documentation of the Dorothy's journey into a happy ending.....

Several weeks after we learned that the Dorothies were getting torn down, we were allowed to go into one (the one on the left) to do our routine documentation that we do so many times a month in homes slated for demo.

Exterior Front Tracey Ayton Photography

First leaded glass doors Tracey Ayton Photography

Fireplace & Windows Tracey Ayton Photography

Doors Tracey Ayton Photography

Leaded Windows Tracey Ayton Photography

Dining Area Tracey Ayton Photography

Fireplace 2 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dining area 3 Tracey Ayton Photography

Foyer Tracey Ayton Photography

Garden Tracey Ayton Photography

Preparing the Dorothies for their short journey to their new home two blocks away:

Prepping Dorothies to go Tracey Ayton Photography

The home that sadly had to be demolished in order to replace with the Dorothies ...... a sad reality that this home couldn't be saved somehow.

Tear down Tracey Ayton Photography

Clearing the lot for the arrival of the Dorothies after the existing home was torn down.

The Dorothies relocation 05-03-2014 1-07-50 PM

MOVING DAY!!!

Dorothy Move 1 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dorothy Move 2 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dorothy Move 3 Tracey Ayton Photography

 

Sadly as the Dorothies are on their successful journey, they pass a home that has the dreaded red fencing, ready to be torn down. I took a moment to take a picture through the window only to want a barf bag to see the beautiful woodwork in it.

Demo looking on Tracey Ayton Photography

Continuing onto the move:

Dorothy Move 5 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dorothy Move 7 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dorothy Move 8 Tracey Ayton Photography

Dorothy Move 10 Tracey Ayton Photography

Their final touch down.

Dorothy Move 9 Tracey Ayton Photography

Here are some recent press on the Dorothies:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/real-estate/kerrisdale-tudors-face-the-wrecking-ball/article15077126/

http://globalnews.ca/video/1213397/the-dorothies-change-location

http://www.vancouversun.com/fight+vanishing+Vancouver/9647882/story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/28/the-dorothies-vancouver_n_4171261.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/heritage-houses-vancouvers-dorothies-move-down-the-road/article17537293/

 

 

They once were beautiful

As most of you know, I have a place in my heart for these heritage homes that are getting demolished in Vancouver, at an alarming rate.  I've learned that it's a matter of acceptance about where our city has decided to go, there are a lot of factors that go into the decision of keeping heritage in our city ~ I speak mostly of the homes and I understand where it's at.  HOWEVER just because it's out of my hands, I still can't sit there and watch it happen so I've teamed up with Caroline Adderson who has started a Facebook Page {Vancouver Vanishes}, please go to the page and "Like it".  Together we have decided to document the homes on the West side that are slated for demo, take pictures of both the interior and exterior of each home.  Most are ripped apart but you can still see the beauty left behind in others. Fire mantle Tracey Ayton Photography

Birds Tracey Ayton Photography

Kitchen Tracey Ayton Photography

Stained Glass Tracey Ayton Photography

Rooms Tracey Ayton Photography

 

West 33rd Tracey Ayton Photography.com

Every once in awhile we find the coolest trinkets along the way, my find: an old toast holder and an adorable set of pink tea cups (a set of four)  These will do quite nicely in my collection, what else is there to do but make a batch of these Earl Grey cookies.  You can find the recipe {HERE}

Earl Grey Cookies Tracey Ayton Photography