Morgan Campbell
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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Canada
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Plumbing - heat trace on exterior cast iron waste pipe
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Morgan Campbell Oct 9, 2012.

Heritage Education
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Manhattan and DC Magical History Tour
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Tell us about yourself:
Hobbies: History, old houses, architecture, construction, sailing, music, horses, travel, reading, never bored!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
From childhood I always wanted to live in an old home - at 25 the dream became true; sort of....the 1898 house (old for Vancouver) is a work in progress.

My Vancouver home is more of a rehabilitation in many ways than a restoration. The plaster was a mess, the Emily knob/post & tube wiring sparked in the attic (!) and for a few years (until the second mortgage was paid off) there was an extension cord, referred to as "the wire" that powered the top floor :( It wasn't that bad - I enjoy living in a construction zone in that it means reconstruction and progress (or regress) is taking place - it's exciting and I love working with my hands....and mind.
The first part of the house was built in 1898 - a 1 1/2 storey plus basement DOG (Dirt on Grade). Circa 1910, the balance of the front end of the house was completed and two shed dormers were added. The house had gas supplied from a neighbour's small plant that provided gas to three fixtures on the main floor - unusual for this part of Vancouver at the time. Pipes were found in the walls and documented. Electricity was connected in 1911 and water two years later in 1913. The bathtub was cast by Mott's of New York in 1922 and a bathroom was installed at this time.

There was some frightening remuddling of the house over time, so the majority of interior finishes were either salvaged from the house and reused or replaced in (almost) kind. Sadly, the stair balustrade had been removed and "modernized" - encased in a cheap veneer cladding, so has been rebuilt with gooseneck handrail, etc. Carefully, the wiring has been brought up to code - I have redesigned for 300 amp service :) ! I have taken liberties with the lower stairhall sconce gas fixtures (reproductions from Roy Electric) the living room (front parlour) gaselier is from New Westminster, BC and the dining room 2-arm gaselier was found in the garage. This, I rewired and reinstated in the dining room. A humble home, but I love having a formal dining room!! I have also purchased (liberties taken again) an antique combo electro-gaselier 2-arm fixture from Rejuvenation for the front bedroom.

The house reads vernacular Vancouver Edwardian/craftsman builder house due to the renovations from years ago. So far it has been an interesting and exciting project - more than that, a home and touchstone - here in the fairly frontier region of the West Coast.

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At 4:17am on December 5, 2008, Morgan Campbell said…
Photos to come soon!
At 2:59pm on December 6, 2008, Phil said…
Nice pictures of lighting and windows, which are some of my favorite parts of old houses. What style is the exterior?
At 10:10am on December 12, 2008, John Rodgers said…
thank you for the comments on the house...she's got that underlying beauty, just needs to be cleaned up a bit. My home was empty for 15 years as well, so it just needed a helping hand...

The little cottage was sold and is being restored as we speak--it is now a very light shade of pink, with light grey, white, and purple detailing.

The abandoned building was the home of a prominent African American doctor in the 1800s, and was later converted to a boarding house and then the city Department of Motor Vehicles. When the new DMV building was erected, they abandoned this building. City hall donated the property to my organization several months ago, and we are now in the process of restoring the exterior and locating an investor to take over and complete restorations
At 2:36pm on December 30, 2008, Dennis Wallach said…
Oh yes, the window weight!! . Some times I use whatever to help me along at completeing a phase of the operation as in gutter repair.
At 2:44pm on December 30, 2008, Dennis Wallach said…
I consider what I do "Art Form". . My home has a Soul and I will bring it back to a point when it was young and beautiful ! .
At 2:51pm on December 30, 2008, Dennis Wallach said…
Yes, use lots of Abacon epoxy, great stuff! . . Have replaced millwork around windows on the East side, the heavy weather side, using Spanish Cedar.
At 1:25am on January 9, 2009, Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith said…
Thanks. It is a fabulous house. We saw it for sale at auction a year and a half ago, took a look at it and decided to bid on it. We ended up with it and spent the next eight months trying to sell our house in Texas(we finally did.) I have been working on it since then. This is not my first old house but it is the nicest.
Yes we are old house lovers, and crazy and maybe inspired. Seems as though we get a house almost done and find a new one.
I plan to post more pictures when I get a chance.
At 6:33am on January 29, 2009, Fabrice Frey-Kerrad said…
Bonjour Madame Campbell, Merci pour votre message et j'epère que mon métier et ma passion pour les pièces d'architecture anciennes seront au gout de tous les membres de "OldHouse Journal" que je trouve formidable comme mode de communication sur le sujet.
Votre français est très bon, nettement meilleur que mon anglais.
A bientot
Fabrice Frey-Kerrad

Good mornig madame Campbell,
Thank you very much for your message. I hope that my job and my passion about architectural antiques will be appreciated by the members of "OldHouse Journal" which I think very good idea.
Your french is better than my english but i will do my best as possible.
At 1:02pm on March 25, 2009, Chris said…
Hi Morgan,
So sorry I'm just getting back to you months after your wonderful compliments! It is a simple home, lots of hosta's and other perennials around the grounds. Anton Palmer was a Swedish immigrant that built many, many of these homes around the area. By accident, I found that he not only built this one but he lived in it from 1912-1920. I really want to peruse having the house put on the register, but time just isn't letting me do that yet. The porch is great - one can sit there on a warm Sunday afternoon sipping a drink, watching people walk by. The pontoon sits down at the dock. There is a nice flat area at the bottom of the hillside for campfires and dock access. The lake is about 1800 acres so I can pretty much spend a whole day out there cruising around. Your home is great, and I also love the pictures. So, you live in the cottage then? It is really neat! The detail (shown on the older pictures) of the ginger bread and the finials adorning the roof are fantastic. It's sad we don't build like that any more - it adds so much to a community. I'll have to come back and read about your home and the history. It must a beautiful area where you live with all the water and mountains.
At 11:43am on November 8, 2009, Timothy Maddox said…
There is a menagerie of progress photos here
I did open up some walls to make the rooms more inviting.
I'll try to sort through my other photos and post here soon.

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