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At Home with History

The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Homes

by (author) Eve Lazarus

Anvil Press Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
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  • Age: 15
  • Grade: 10


'At Home with History' is a collection of real life stories that bring to life the glamorous and not-so-glamorous social histories of selected heritage homes in Greater Vancouver-stories of brothels and bootleggers, secret rooms, and Shakespearean-style murders. An Italian family survives the depression by selling booze and sandwiches from their eastside home. A Shaughnessy mansion headquarters the Klu Klux Klan and then a children's hospice. A secret radio room is uncovered during renovations. Every home has a social history and a genealogy that tells a tremendous amount about the history of the times and offers up a sense of place. Current home-owners are only temporary custodians, part of the chain in the ongoing narrative of the house. People change, styles change, colours change, cars change, but through it all, the house remains a central fixture and the structure for the stories in 'At Home with History'.

"Want to know which Shaughnessy mansion was a former Ku Klux Klan headquarters or which Strathcona house guitarist Jimi Hendrix once lived in? You'll find the answers in 'At Home With History'. - The Vancouver Courier

About the author

Eve Lazarus has worked as a freelance journalist and writer for more than 15 years. Originally from Australia, she is the Vancouver correspondent for Marketing Magazine and the author of Frommer's with Kids Vancouver 2001 (John Wiley & Sons). She is a former newspaper reporter and has written for a variety of periodicals in Canada and the United States including the Globe & Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Style at Home, B.C. Business and Canadian Family magazines. In 2001, she won gold and silver awards at the Canadian Business Press KRW's. Lazarus has a communications degree from Simon Fraser University and a journalism diploma from Langara College. Since becoming obsessed with home histories, she has written articles on the subject for Style at Home; REM; the Globe & Mail, and Nuvo Magazine. Eve lives in North Vancouver with her husband, three kids and miniature Schnauzer.

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At Home With History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver’s Heritage Homes

At Home With History is a social history of the heritage homes of the Lower Mainland. The history of the area comes alive with descriptions of the homes and people who built and lived in them. Included in the book are discussions of noted historical figures such as Alvo von Alvensleben, B.T. Rogers and Ethel Wilson, as well as heritage areas such as Strathcona, New Westminster, Shaughnessy Heights and Mount Pleasant.

Eve Lazarus is a freelance journalist and writer. Her articles on historical homes have been published inStyle at Home, REM, The Global and Mail, and Nuvo. She is also the author of Frommer’s with Kids Vancouver and co-authored Vancouver: the Art of Living Well.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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