Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

October 21st, 2014


Architects: Gair Williamson Architect, Ankenman Marchand Architects
Location: 53 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4, Canada
Design Team: Gair Williamson, Jenny Chow, Brian Liston, François Marchand, Julien Leger
Year: 2012

From the architect. The Paris Block:Paris Annex, which is located at 47-53 West Hastings Street, is at the transition from Downtown to Gastown on a consolidated 64 foot site. The architectural program outlined the development of a 46 unit live/ work building conjoining a new 6 storey horizontal addition that is clearly of its time to a 6 storey Heritage B abandoned warehouse.

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Construction Update

October 7th, 2014


This Friday, October 10th, we will pass a critical milestone – the completion of the superstructure. Cheering will be heard from the top of the Trapp + Holbrook development as the final bucket of concrete is placed for the mechanical room roof slab.

With only a few minor structural elements left, our concrete trades will begin the process of removing their equipment from site, making way for the finishing tradesmen and women to install glazing, drywall, paint, tile, cabinets and fixtures.

The plumbing and electrical arteries of the building have been well under way for several months and continue to rise through the upper floors with steel stud wall construction following close behind.


Drywall partitions are now starting to define the internal spaces of the building on levels 3 and 4, and it won’t be long before paint and tile appears on walls and floors of these exciting new residences.

Passersby will notice that windows are now covering the majority of the openings around the structure up to level 12 with the completion of tower glazing expected by the end of November. On the north side of the building, more than half of our long-awaited custom wood windows have made their way into their final position on the historic Trapp façade.


A team of masonry repair specialists have been working feverishly on restoring the original terracotta tile, destined to be re-attached to the Trapp Block portion facing Columbia Street. Four floors of terracotta have been repaired and cleaned, ready for installation and we look forward to the historic façade taking shape in its revitalized glory starting in the latter part of October, with completion of this façade reconstruction expected early in the New Year.

The water service to the building is now connected to the City main and by the end of November, all the remaining drainage and electrical connections will be complete.

The next few months will reveal the vision of the project team as colours and finishes come together on the latest landmark of the Royal City. To see the makings of this landmark for yourself, visit 702 Columbia Street any day from 12-5pm except Fridays. Our sales team is also just a phone call away at 604 525 0223. We look forwarding to helping you!


September 30th, 2014


The sweeping, panoramic views are spectacular at Trapp+Holbrook! With construction well underway and move-ins starting next spring you are closer than ever to owning in a landmark, heritage rich building with amazing views. Trapp+Holbrook is now offering a limited number of construction tours to get a sneak peak of the stunning homes with spectacular river views. Interested? Get in touch with our sales team for more details!

With only a few remaining months until the completion of Trapp+Holbrook, and only a limited number of homes available, we are taking the hassle out of transitioning in your new home with our move-in special. This limited-time package consists of $5,000 worth of designer suite upgrades and credits towards moving expenses.

Here’s a closer look at the special and some of our available homes:

#911 – G2 Plan: $429,900

Spacious 2 bedroom + den, 999 sf
Southwest corner with sweeping panoramic views of the Fraser River
Parking included
Move in special includes:
Wide-plank laminate flooring upgrade ($2,000 value)
Moving expenses with ‘You Move Me‘ ($1,000 value)
Packing expenses with ‘Frogbox‘ ($1,000 value)
Vertical storage locker ($1,000 value)
Net price: $424,900

#1004 – A1 Plan: $242,900

Unique loft-style 1 bedroom, 517 sf
North facing
Parking included
Move in special includes:
Wide-plank laminate flooring ($2,000 value)
Moving expenses with ‘You Move Me‘ ($1,000 value)
Packing expenses with ‘Frogbox‘ ($1,000 value)
Vertical storage locker ($1,000 value)
Net price: $237,900

For full details visit the sales team at our Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street, New Westminster or call us at 604.525.0223 for more information. We look forward to helping you.


September 28th, 2014

Trapp Image

We’ve been busy at Trapp+Holbrook meticulously rebuilding the striking terracotta and brick façades to their original glory. You may not be able to see it, but the brick repointing in the interior of the Holbrook portion of the building is now complete! Brick repointing is a process that involves the renewing of pointing the external joints between bricks, to fill in any gaps that may have been formed over time due to weathering. This important process is to ensure that all voids between the mortars are filled to guarantee no future water damage or leaks.

The exterior bricks will begin repointing later this week and then the bricks will be getting a nice fresh coat of paint.


Not only is the vital repointing task nearly complete, but the highly-anticipated terracotta installation will commence soon and the boom lift is on site. Atlantis Rauch has been hard at work cleaning and repairing all 1,449 pieces of the terracotta facade, which are now ready to be re-installed. This stunning restoration of original terracotta pieces will change the face of Columbia Street giving Downtown New West an iconic focal point speaking to the history of the neighborhood.


You may have also noticed the new windows on the Holbrook section of the building. These large wooden windows give our Holbrook suites an abundance of character. Coupled with the interior heritage brick walls, these suites feature a unique mix of old and new that cannot be matched.

The windows for the Trapp section are soon to follow. The mix of large refurbished and wood windows combined with the terracotta stone will add charm to Trapp+Holbrook inside as well as out making it a stunning place to live.

Come see the progress of this one of a kind project for yourself at 702 Columbia Street. We are open daily 12-5pm, except Fridays. Please visit us or give us a call at 604.525.0223 to learn more about our extended Summer Festival Special*, which could save you $5,000 in upgrades and moving expenses on your brand new home at Trapp+Holbrook.

*Some conditions apply, please ask a sales representative for more details. Pricing, sizing and availability are subject to change.The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein without notice. E.&O.E.


September 10th, 2014


New West is growing with new business. Over the last few months, Downtown New West has welcomed a host of new shops and services. From the popular frozen yogurt shop, Menchies, to the highly anticipated espresso bar in Localo Living, head on down to New West to see all the other bustling new spots including, Save On Foods, Nuvon’s Bridal, Sushi Yen, Hi Sushi and Bunches & Bloom Floral. While you’re in beloved New West, be sure to come visit the sales team in the heart of downtown New West at 702 Columbia Street. We’re here to help you save $5,000 on home upgrades and moving expenses at Trapp + Holbrook with our limited time Summer Festival Special*. We are open daily noon to 5pm except Fridays.

*Some conditions apply, please ask a sales representative for more details. Pricing, sizing and availability are subject to change.The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein without notice. E.&O.E.


Celebrate New West Pride

August 8th, 2014

pride pic

Relive last weekend’s Pride Festival in Vancouver with New Westminster’s nine-day long Pride Festival running August 8th to 16th. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the New West Pride Festival and is expected to be the biggest and best yet. Starting this weekend, enjoy dancing, beer gardens, drag queen shows and family-friendly kid zones right in the middle of downtown New Westminster. The festival is taking a departure from its usual location at Tipperary Park and moving to Columbia Street to be more accessible for everyone of all ages.

Vice-President of New West Pride, Jeremy Perry, hopes the event will showcase what New West offers regularly to the LGBT community as well as draw 10,000 to 20,000 attendees to New West’s downtown core. Don’t miss out on this year’s festivities, including plenty of food trucks, buskers, Uptown Live musical live performances, and much more!

Trapp+Holbook is a proud sponsor of this exciting event and will be in the middle of all the bustle on the festival’s final day, Saturday, Aug 16th. Be sure to visit our table and ask our sales team about our limited time Summer Festival Special* which offers savings of up to $5,000 on your purchase at Trapp+Holbrook this summer. Until then, our sales associates are happy to explain the Summer Festival Special at our Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street. We are open daily from noon to 5pm, except Fridays, and can be reached at 604.525.0223. Happy Pride!


*Please see a Trapp+Holbrook Sales Representative for more details about this limited time Summer Festival Special. The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein. E.&O.E.

Rebuilding the Trapp Façade

July 18th, 2014


Did you know that by the time our happy new homeowners move in to Trapp+Holbrook next year, they will be moving into over 100 years of history? This is because the Trapp façade, which commemorates the skill and artistry of terracotta crafters dating more than 100 years, is being meticulously restored to its original glory piece-by-piece. To learn more about this amazing restoration process, read all about in the New Westminster News Leader cover story featured here.

If you are interested in finding out more about the details of this restoration process or our remaining homes, then come and visit our Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street. We are open every day (except Friday), from noon to 5pm.