The Historic Joy Kogawa House was purchased by TLC The Land Conservancy in May 2006 after a successful public fundraising campaign to save this literary landmark from demolition. The property is one of the few residences in Vancouver identified as having been confiscated by the Canadian government during the Second World War and sold without the lawful owner’s permission. In addition, the property has heritage and cultural significance for its connection with renowned Canadian author Joy Kogawa (born 1935), who lived in the house with her family between 1937 and 1942 when the family was forced to move. Kogawa’s work has been nationally and internationally recognized. The property is in the process of being preserved as a Canadian cultural and literary landmark and functions as a Writers-in-Residence retreat and hosts periodic special events.
Currently, between times when the Writers-in-Residence program is on hiatus, TLC The Land Conservancy needs a warden to live in the residence and assist in minor maintenance.
The warden will have use of the fully furnished home, including a living room, office, dining area, full bathroom, full kitchen, one bedroom, multipurpose room, ample storage space, outdoor deck, and small yard. Washer and dryer are included.
In return for a very reasonable rent and utilities, the warden will be expected to assist with minor maintenance duties of the site. These would mostly include yard work, but can vary depending on skill and interest. Also, the warden would need to accommodate the use of the house for approximately two or three events or tours a month, as well as visits from TLC and others to perform maintenance and restoration activities. These events or tours can be either private or open to the public. The warden is expected to keep the inside of the house tidy before scheduled events or tours. The warden will be given sufficient notice to prepare for these activities.
Rent: Lower than market rent. Additionally, rent will be further reduced if restoration (i.e., construction) is occurring at the house. Some work will occur during the summer of 2012.
Must be a mature, responsible adult. No pets, no smokers and no children.
Available for April 15, 2012 until March 31, 2013. To apply, contact Tamsin Baker at (604) 733-2313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.