Archive for the ‘Heritage’ Category

2016 UDI Awards of Excellence Winners

November 24th, 2016


On Wednesday November 23rd the real estate industry came together at the UDI Gala where the best new developments from across the province were showcased. Over 700 people were in attendance to witness the presentations of the coveted trophies.

The UDI received a record number of project nominations this year, and a panel of expert judges were tasked with selecting the winners. The judges evaluated the projects by their innovative design, integration with the surrounding community, marketing success, and sustainability features.

We are pleased that Trapp+Holbrook won the “heritage” category as well as was runner up in the suburban high rise residential category. Click here for more information on this project.

El Santo brings new vibe, optimism to Columbia Street

January 5th, 2016

El Santo

Alejandro Diaz is so committed to creating a new vibe on Columbia Street, he hired a crane to help install a 1000-pound tortilla maker in his new restaurant, El Santo.

He could have just imported tortillas or sourced them from a supplier, said Diaz, but it’s details like freshly-made tortillas that will set his new venture apart, and solidify New Westminster’s growing reputation in foodie circles.

Read more about El Santo here

The Purple Lights Of Our Ancient Basements

November 16th, 2015


Have a stroll around the older parts of Vancouver – specifically in and around the periphery of the Downtown Eastside – and it likely won’t take long for you to spot the little 3″ purple glass squares embedded in the oldest sections of sidewalk. These are known as vault lights or sidewalk prisms.

Read more here Via @#Scout


November 24th, 2014

The City of New Westminster has commissioned internationally acclaimed sculptors, Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, to create a war memorial sculpture, based on Wait for Me Daddy, Canada’s iconic World War II photograph by Province Newspaper photographer, Claude P. Dettloff.

If you aren’t familiar with the Wait for me Daddy photo taken on October 1, 1940, Dettloff was photographing The British Columbian Regiment marching down 8th Street in New Westminster. In a random moment, Dettloff snapped a young boy, Whitey Bernard, escape his mother’s grasp and run towards his father marching off to war. Wait for Me Daddy became an enduring symbol of Canada’s World War II effort.


The monument was unveiled October 4, 2014 at Hyak Square, near the exact spot where Dettloff captured this special moment. The Anvil Centre has launched an exhibit running through October 4th to January 24th to highlight the sculpture and historic photograph. This exhibit is complimentary and open to the public.


We encourage you to visit the Wait for Me Daddy exhibit and statue at the newly opened Anvil Centre. Trapp+Holbrook is located just a short walk’s away from this exciting and educational exhibit. Be sure to stop by while you’re in the area to learn more about this historic neighbourhood and how it could be your new home. We are open daily from 12-5pm except Friday at 702 Columbia Street. We hope to see you soon!


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 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.