Monday, November 2, 2015

Melton Court, a Kitsilano landmark

Melton Court on Cornwall Avenue in Vancouver is a building I have admired since I first saw it in the late sixties, when I came to live in the city.

There's something appealing about this ornate structure of brick, with two wings facing the beach, fancy cornices and well-established gardens. I've never been inside.

These days, this building with its near-perfect location across Cornwall from Kits Pool and the beach is a Housing Co-Op for seniors.

Like so many of our Canadian buildings and streets, this name originated in the UK. Melton Court has a counterpart in Poole, Dorset. It bears a slight resemblance to the Kits one; oddly enough, it also houses seniors.

Another Melton Court, probably the original, can be seen on Old Brompton Road in London.

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