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.