Adaptive Reuse & Heritage Homes

In the wake of International Women’s Day, did you know the Cardero Project’s story originates with a woman who is thought to be likely one of the earliest female business owners in Vancouver’s West End?

In 1901, Kate Fleming commissioned the construction of 1074 Cardero, opening a grocery on the main floor and living in the apartment above, eventually moving into the house next door once it was completed in 1908.

The project involves the adaptive re-use and renewal of two existing heritage buildings – lifting and moving the buildings forward on the site to allow for an additional infill at the rear. This design choice materially compliments yet distinguishes itself from the existing fabric of the heritage houses. The completed renovation will see the reestablishment of a commercial retail unit and increased living spaces.