Jesse Dean Cook. Discovering West Vancouver's Most Glamorous Properties.

History Lesson - The Spencer House

 

The Spencer House was built in 1913 for Thomas Arthur Spencer and his wife Catherine Isabel Spencer. The craftsman-style bungalow sat on a lot of over 9 acres with the address of 2089 Westdean Crescent. The 9 acre lot extended between 19th and 21st Streets and then Mathers Avenue to Queens Avenue.

 

Thomas Spencer was the son of David Spencer who in 1862 founded the Spencer Department Store in Victoria. The Spencer's were expert merchandisers and as such were able to purchase property such as the beautiful estate-sized lot on upper Dundarave.

 

The Spencer House was featured in numerous publications for its wonderful gardens and was also part of many garden tours.

 

Thomas Arthur Spencer was commonly known as "Dean" Spencer, and when the estate was subdivided into 33 lots in 1955, the street (Westdean Crescent) was named in his honour. The Spencer House now sits on a lot just shy of one acre and has been renovated and restored many times. Though the original landscaping and gardens did not survive, the character still remains in this West Vancouver landmark.

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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