If you google “west end condominium  with a tree on top” you will find this condopedia page that describes the building at 1919 Beach Avenue as “easily recognized by the 37 foot Pin Oak tree on its rooftop, rooted into a special circular cauldron specifically designed for it. Architect Richard Henriquez, of Henriquez & Partners, chose to design Eugenia Place to pay homage to the rich history of the West End of Vancouver’s downtown.” Built in 1991, Eugenia Place won the Governor General’s award for architecture and its overall height including the oak tree perched at its top was meant  to” symbolize and represent how tall the old growth forest was before it was logged and cleared for development.”
Via Adele Weder, this CBC report says the iconic tree, a landmark and so notable to walkers along the shore has died, following the dry 2015 summer. Landscape architect Ron Rule who was also the original landscape architect for the tree installation stated “There was some water restrictions and it went three months without water.”  Ron also mentioned an upside, stating that the bowl the tree and soil sit in requires waterproofing meaning that 130,000 pounds of soil needs to be removed, a membrane replaced, and a new  pin oak raised 19 storeys by crane. The total cost is estimated at $554,000.
When the Eugenia originally got its building permit, the permit was contingent on having the rooftop tree, which means that the condo owners will be responsible for paying approximately $35,000 each for the new tree to be replaced. The new pin oak will be planted in the fall , the best time to replace the iconic landmark. “This tree represents the top of the rain forest, or what the Douglas fir or cedar trees would ultimately reach in height,” Ron Rule stated.


  1. $35,000 per condo for a job costing $554,000? Surely there are more than 16 condos in the building. I suspect a typo and an actual cost of only $3,500 per condo. Bearing in mind that the actual per-condo cost is probably prorated by floor area and other factors.

    1. WOW – I did not know that! Well at least anyone who can afford a whole-floor suite probably won’t loose too much sleep over a $35,000 bill.

  2. From the condopedia page linked in the article:
    Suites are very private as there is only one suite per floor. They all range in size of around 3,000 square feet, with variations. Construction, which completed in 1991, incorporated high ceilings and interior space uncluttered by columns. There are large sun-porches and the seaside balconies are covered to protect residents from Vancouver’s sometimes heavy “dew-fall”.[3]

  3. And there in a nutshell you have the problem with highrise buildings with very few suites, there aren’t a lot of owners to spread expenses over. Wouldn’t want to be there when the elevators need replacing.
    I’m sure some will say the owners in such a high end building can afford it, but I wouldn’t be surprised of the original selling price barely gets you a run of the mill two bedroom in Olympic Village today.

    1. Even when the building was new a whole-floor suite would have been far more expensive than a typical condo unit in the city. It’s a building for the wealthy, with expenses to match.

  4. There’s now a very large crane taking up most the block between the Eugenia and the Sylvia and the white bags full of earth are on the ground. It looks like they’ve started the waterproofing membrane work.

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