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March 22, 2017 - One Month until the Vancouver Special Tour!

In This Issue

  • Vancouver Special House Tour: Now Bike-Friendly!
  • Walking Tours now online!
  • Evening Lectures: Rum-Runners and Border Wars
  • Old School: Researching at the Archives & Wood Windows Maintenance
  • Brown Bag: Restoring Tamura House

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National Canadian Film Day

Reel Canada is curating National Canadian Film Day across the county. On April 19, 2017, join your fellow Canadians in theatres, libraries, schools, public squares and drive-ins across the country in celebrating our nation’s cinema. There are events this month and next in locations all around Vancouver and surrounding area that highlight and celebrate Canadian Film.

Visit the NCFD website to find out more

City of Vancouver Heritage Awards: People's Choice

Voting is now open for the City's People's Choice Heritage Award. There are several nominated projects up for consideration. Voting is open until April 8th.

See the nominations here.

National Trust for Canada: Top Ten Endangered nominations

There is just one week left to submit a nomination for the National Trust's annual Top Ten Endangered list. Each year, the list shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development or weak legislation.

Learn more here

Ryerson United Church Rezoning Application

The City is still accepting feedback on the proposed redevelopment of the Ryerson United Church and area. The project proposes to designate the heritage church and build an 8-storey condo building, stacked townhomes, a 5-storey community centre building and demolish existing community buildings and several neighbouring homes.

View the full Rezoning Application here and offer feedback at the link provided.

Did you know....

...that on this day in 1937, fire destroyed the business and editorial offices of the Vancouver Sun, at 125 West Pender Street, with damage set at more than $200,000. There was just one casualty: the janitor suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. The newspaper still came out on time that day. The paper moved into the Bekins Building across the street and bought the building on May 18. We still know it today, more than 50 years after they moved out in 1965, as the Sun Tower.

-The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
March 22, 2017
Hi Friend,

We've made it to spring, and with it we have some fun announcements. First up, our walking tours for 2017 are now on the website! Be sure to see what Maurice and John are up to this year and register early to avoid disappointment.

We are also excited that this year's Vancouver Special House Tour is now bike-friendly. The homes on tour this year are all within a bikeable distance from each other, so we have partnered up with a local bike shop to provide resources for cyclists. Whether you choose to cycle or carpool there are ways to make your Vancouver Special experience more sustainable and fun. Read on for details of the tour and how to get your tickets.

Vancouver Special House Tour

Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photo/MediaIt is officially one month until the Vancouver Special House Tour! We're diving right into 2017 with an inside look at five innovative renovations of the iconic Vancouver Special, including some touches that are sure to surprise and delight.

Whether you are a traditionalist who loves the boxy shape of the Special, or a contemporary enthusiast excited by the potential to convert them to something entirely new, the 2017 tour has something you'll love. From small alterations and updates to complete transformations, you'll be sure to take away some creative ideas for your own project. Each home also has a unique and inspiring story of how Vancouver families are utilizing the space to best work for diverse households and create more affordable housing for their relatives.

The tour is also a great way to learn about this era of Vancouver's architectural history with experts in design and construction on site to answer questions.

Bicycle-2-2-iconNEW FOR 2017 This tour is bike-friendly! With an easy to navigate self-guided map in the eastern side of the city and a cyclist rest stop with free mechanical support, air and oil as well as washrooms and water, the tour offers a good opportunity for cyclists to enjoy the day.

Saturday, April 22

1pm - 5pm

Register here, $30 or $23 with valid student ID


2017 Walking Tours are now online!

Maurice Guibord and John Atkin once again set out across Vancouver to share fascinating, intriguing and surprising stories from our history and architecture. Starting on April 15th with John Atkin, the walks will run on select Fridays and Saturdays through to October. Visit our website for full tour listings and be sure to sign up early as these walks always sell out!

Upcoming Walking Tours:
The Southern Sunny Slope
Saturday, April 15
10am - 12pm
Register here, $15 (incl. tax)
John Atkin looks at the effects of real estate promotion in Kerrisdale from the 1909 real estate firm F.N. Trites Co.

The Viaducts Quandry
Friday, April 28
10am - 12pm
Register here, $15 (incl. tax)
Maurice Guibord explores the Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts to learn their history and investigate the dramatic changes that continue to occur in their shadow due to various urban pressures and developments.

Evening Lectures - Rum-Runners and Border Wars: Prohibition in BC

VPL 9544C Man found with still, 1928Join us for a lively illustrated lecture about Vancouver's seedy prohibition era. 100 years ago Vancouver, like much of North America, attempted to curb the flow of alcohol resulting in some fascinating stories of speakeasy bars, rowdy jazz music and Al Capone-type characters. Daniel Francis, Historian and Author of Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-runners and Border Wars, will explore how local law enforcement efforts to dry-up the city utterly failed, and immense fortunes were made by entrepreneurs willing to answer the demand for illegal booze.

Please note all scheduling conflicts mentioned in our last e-newsletter have been resolved and this lecture will go ahead as scheduled.

Tuesday, March 28
7:30pm - 9pm

Register here, $15 or $9 with valid student ID (incl. tax)

Old School - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives & Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows

April will be a full month for Old School courses and workshops! Researching the History of a Building returns with sessions at the Vancouver Public Library Special Collections and Vancouver Archives. We are also offering a practical workshop for anyone looking to repair or maintain double-hung windows. Learn how to loosen painted-shut windows, replace broken sash cord and cut and replace glass. You'll also receive tips on how to properly paint windows and maintain weather stripping, storm windows and hardware.

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Wednesday, April 5

6:30pm - 8:30pm

City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St.

Register here, $20

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Tuesday, April 11

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Vancouver Public Library Central Library, 350 W Georgia St. Special Collections, 7th Floor.

Free, registration required

Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows

Saturday, April 8

9am - 5pm

Mission to Seafarers, 401 E Waterfront Rd.

Register here, $100 (incl. lunch)

Brown Bag - Reviving Tamura House: Restoring Decorative Sheet Metalwork

Tamura Building, C. 1935 JCNM 95 102 One of the last in the series of BC Housing SRO rehabilitations, Tamura House is a storied part of the historic Japanese community on Powell Street and now boasts spectacular fully-restored metal exterior architectural elements. Come hear from Architect, Mitch Sakumoto, and Eagle Sheet Metal owner, Randy Sewell about how sheet metal work is created and how heritage elements of Tamura House have been brought back to life.

Wednesday, April 5

12pm - 1:30pm

NEW VENUE! Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St - Alma VanDusen Room (lower floor)

Register here, $15 or $9 with valid student ID (incl. tax)

Tel: (604) 264-9642
Fax: (604) 264-9643

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