Norman MacKenzie House (President's Residence)

Location:
6545 Northwest Marine Dr.
Date:
Original construction: 1950
Renovation: 1983
 
Architect:
1950: Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt
1983: Werner Foster
Cost:
1950: $83,980
1983: $500,000
Sources of funds:
1950: UBC
1983: $100,000 UBC funds and $400,000 private donations
Person after whom named:
Norman Archibald MacRae ("Larry") MacKenzie, UBC president 1944-1962; the house was built for him and he and his family lived in it 1951-1962.
Use history:
1951-1969 and 1983- residence for UBC presidents
1969-1975 Division of Adult Education of the Faculty of Education
1975-1983 headquarters for UBC Botanical Garden
Architectural features:
In 1983 renovated in Mediteranean villa style. Extended gabled roof cut over the entrance and a port-cochere added. Asphalt roof shingles replaced by clay tiles. Two small glass additions and a 7' high wall surrounding a part of the building. Exterior - terra-cotta coloured stucco.
Notes:
President Walter Gage, being a bachelor decided not to move out of his apartment when elected in 1969 and the building was used as office space until renovated for president George Pedersen in 1983.
Sources:
University Archives; N.A.M. MacKenzie Papers; Board of Governors Minutes; UBC President's Office; Fine Arts Pamphlet Files.

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