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Historic house safe from demolition — for now

Vancouver City Council passed a report recommending a 94-year-old house receive temporary heritage protection for 120 days.

The house was built in 1922 to showcase how electricity could be used in homes

City staff and a heritage consultant attended the property to undertake a heritage inspection on May 18, 2016.

A historic house in Vancouver is safe from demolition - for now. Vancouver city councillors Tuesday gave the 94-year-old house temporary heritage protection for 120 days.

The house, built in 1922, is located at 1550 West 29th Ave. It was once used as a model 'Electric House' to showcase how electricity could be used in homes.

The decision was made after the city did a preliminary heritage inspection of the property.

"The house has or may have sufficient heritage value to justify conservation," the report says. It goes on to say temporary protection will allow time to complete a heritage evaluation to determine if it's feasible to retain the house.

The unique past of the Tudor-style residence put it on the Heritage Vancouver Society's 2016 Top 10 Watch List.

It was the first Western Canadian house used to demonstrate the convenience of having a home wired up with electricity. 

The architectural firm that designed the home —Townley and Matheson — also designed Vancouver City Hall and Point Grey Academy.

The house was listed for sale at $7.4 million last year and the owner submitted a demolition application in 2014.

Bill Yuen, manager of the Heritage Vancouver Society, said the temporary protection order is a blessing.

"This is encouraging for the society. It's good to see that the city is taking steps to do something to protect heritage values."