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Thu 14 December 2017
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PLACE: HYCROFT & MCRAE AVENUE, VANCOUVER

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Post Code: V6H 1V1

This magnificent Edwardian mansion was originally built in Shaughnessy for Alexander Duncan McRae, a leading businessman and politician in Western Canada at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was designed by Thomas Hooper, a renowned Western Canadian with construction completed in 1911. Along with the present house and coach house, there were stables, a swimming pool, an Italian garden, a tea house, pergolas, statuary, and a children's playhouse.

HycroftWhen the McRae family moved into Hycroft in the summer of 1911 it quickly became the centre of the social scene in Vancouver. The parties held at Hycroft were legendary, especially the New Year's Eve masquerade balls. The guest book at Hycroft read like a who's who of the 20's and 30's; it contained names of visiting royalty, well known business associates, politicians and the social elite of Vancouver. It was said to be an honour and a delight to be invited to Hycroft.

In 1942, the McRaes gave Hycroft to the Federal Government for one dollar. Mrs. McRae died soon after and Senator McRae died in Ottawa four years later. The house was used by the Federal Department of Veteran's Affairs as a convalescent hospital for war veterans until 1960.

HycroftIn 1962 the five-acre property originally owned by the McRaes was subdivided and the stables were demolished. This made it possible for the University Women's Club of Vancouver to purchase part of the estate, a transaction that took two years to complete. The UWCVs restoration of Hycroft resulted in an award of merit in 1974 from the Vancouver Historical Society for the historical and architectural preservation work they had done, and a Heritage Award from the City of Vancouver in 1994 for their continued maintenance of the house.

Today, the Club members are the stewards of Hycroft and the surrounding property. The public are invited into the Club house for events held throughout the year, and the UWCV welcomes their support through The Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation.

Hycroft stands on McRae Avenue, named in recognition of its great former owner.

Source: UWCV with permission.



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If you have a photo of McRae Avenue or Hycroft that you would like to display in the Gallery, please send to editor@clan-macrae.org.uk
McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Amelia MacRae
(Submitted by Farquhar Ian MacRae)

My granddaughter, Amelia, wearing the clan tartan.

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