Norman MacKenzie House (President's Residence)

6545 Northwest Marine Dr.
Original construction: 1950
Renovation: 1983
1950: Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt
1983: Werner Foster
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.
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.
University Archives; N.A.M. MacKenzie Papers; Board of Governors Minutes; UBC President's Office; Fine Arts Pamphlet Files.

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