As a key component of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve Historic District, and a fundamental piece of the City’s vision for a vibrant cultural arts environment within the historic district, the West Vancouver Barracks has been developed for a variety of uses including market rate housing, retail, office, conference, restaurant, and gallery spaces. Bassetti worked on the redevelopment of four buildings on the site including the Infantry Barracks, Dental Surgeon Building, Quartermaster Building, and remaining portions of the partially renovated Artillery Barracks.
Our client’s goal was to provide a variety of new uses within the existing buildings, while making as few modifications to the historic envelopes of the structures as possible. Each structure’s original entrance has been restored to reinforce their historic character and key internal features were preserved, such as the original embossed metal ceilings of the Artillery Barracks. The end result is an updated assemblage of historic structures that meet the needs of modern tenants, create flexibility for providing numerous new civic and recreational uses, and strongly support the City’s vision of a vibrant, re-born Cultural Arts District.