Monday, November 2, 2015

Melton Court, a Kitsilano landmark

Melton Court on Cornwall Avenue in Vancouver is a building I have admired since I arrived in the city in the late sixties. This ornate structure of brick holds a unique appeal for me. I love the two wings that face the beach, the 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 of this one, can be seen on Old Brompton Road in London.

1 comment:

  1. I'm on the Board of the Cooperative and no one told me it's a retirement home for seniors. Simply not true. There is no age requirement.