Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

Another Modernist Architect

May 17, 2016

Not long ago I noted that one of the pleasant discoveries I made during the research for my new history of the District of North Vancouver was the enclave of West Coast modernist houses in the Edgemont Village area, just five minutes from my own home.

Now I've discovered an interesting online feature on the career of another practitioner of the West Coast Style, Judah Shumiachter, and other Jewish architects in Vancouver. The feature, "New Ways of Living," is on the website of the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC and focuses in particular on the modernist house that Shumiatcher and his wife built for themselves in West Point Grey in 1974.

I'd recommend spending some time at the museum's site. There are several other online exhibits as well as copies of the museum's annual publication, The Scribe, featuring lengthy articles on different aspects of the Jewish community in Vancouver.