Shannon Mews Vancouver, BC, Canada Designed 1971 with Geoffrey Massey Shannon Mews comprised 160 units with one, two, and three bedrooms arranged over a 10 acre former estate in L-shaped two storey components, mostly hidden in the trees. Construction was in brick with exposed wood beams. Shannon was a splendid Italianate villa, the family manse of Austin Taylor, whose daughter Patricia was an old friend of Arthur Erickson. In 1966 developers were planning a set of apartments for the property. So Arthur assisted his friend Patricia, who had moved to New York and married William F. Buckley, in convincing the developers to keep the mansion, as well as the rose and Italian gardens. The final 1971 scheme hid the new economically constructed buildings behind the large trees of the estate, with a simple design which did not attempt to engage the classicism of the old buildings. The Georgian-style main house was converted to common rooms adjoining an outdoor pool and hot tub, along with some upper apartments. In 2014, much of this development was demolished for construction of larger buildings on the site, but the grand old mansion remains.