Heritage Schools: Behind the Upgrading of Ridgeway and Queen
Mary. Mark Ehman, partner with DA Architects + Planners, will
describe the approach used in the renewal of Ridgeway and Queen
Mary Elementary Schools in North Vancouver. The presentation,
hosted by North Shore Heritage, will be held on Thursday, Jun. 21,
7-8:30pm, at Ridgeway School Library, 420 East 8th Street. Click here
North Shore Heritage on Facebook. The North
Shore Heritage Preservation Society is on Facebook. Click here
visit us. Don't forget to "like" our page!
Ridgeway's Birthday. The newly restored Ridgeway Elementary
School in North Vancouver celebrated its 100th birthday with a
party on May 5, 2012. Click here
Lions Gate Hospital. North
Shore Heritage is campaigning to save the 1929 North Vancouver
General Hospital building, saying it must be incorporated to
Vancouver Coastal Health's plans to redevelop the site. Current
plans envisage demolition of the registered heritage building in
phase two. See North Shore Heritage on Facebook
for more details.
Whole Foods Sponsorship. The North Shore Heritage
Preservation Society was the grateful recipient of a cheque for
$1,195.70 from Whole Foods'
Community Chest program! In July-September 2011, North
Shore Heritage was one of the three options that shoppers chose from, when donating their 10 cent bag discount.
Wood Floors Workshop. North
Shore Heritage hosted a workshop on restoring and maintaining
heritage wood floors led by Brian Marjakangas of Western Heritage
Hardwoods and Recycling on Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011. See North
Shore Heritage on Facebook
for a slideshow.
Heritage Gardens Workshop. To mark Heritage
Shore Heritage hosted an illustrated talk on heritage gardens
by Dennis Cornies, principal of The Well-Tempered Gardener, on Thursday, Feb.
24, 2011. Topics included the Victorian-Edwardian period, indigenous
woodland and mid-century gardens. See North Shore Heritage on
for a slideshow.
Masonry in Heritage Buildings: North
Shore Heritage hosted a presentation by Dwayne Friesen, certified
brick specialist at I-XL Industries, on the use of masonry in
heritage buildings in Vancouver and Western Canada on Sep.
30, 2010. The talk included the historical use of brick and stone as a building
material; design features and trends, and construction techniques;
historical and contemporary brick manufacture; the availability of
reproduction masonry; and identifying and matching heritage
Restoring the Green-Armytage Residence: An
article on the restoration of this striking North Vancouver home
appears in the latest issue of the North Shore Heritage newsletter
Heritage and Sustainability: The
North Shore Heritage Preservation Society was awarded a grant of
$1,000 from the City of North Vancouverís Sustainable City Grant
Program to promote information on energy efficiency and
sustainability in heritage homes. The society will contribute a
further $200 from its own funds as well as labour costs. North
Shore Heritage will use the funds to acquire and distribute
500-600 copies of a new Heritage and Sustainability Guide, a
booklet of practical tips and tools being produced by the
Vancouver Heritage Foundation. through outlets in the City and at
society events. North Shore Heritage aims to promote awareness of
the connection between heritage conservation and environmental
sustainability, including the promotion of energy efficiency
within the existing building stock and the prevention of waste
from demolition and reconstruction.
The Ridgeway Heritage Committee, a group led by school
parents and teachers, campaigned long and hard to save Ridgeway
Elementary School from demolition. Under a proposal accepted by
City of North Vancouver Council in July 2008, both Ridgeway and
Queen Mary schools received heritage protection. In December 2008,
the Ministry of Education approved a North Vancouver School
District proposal to move ahead with the restoration and seismic
upgrading of the two schools, with the ministry providing $32.4
million and the School District $6.6 million to cover heritage
costs. For details, see the ministry announcement here.
For more details of the campaign, see the Ridgeway Heritage
Committee section of this website here.
Election Questionnaire 2008: North Shore Heritage canvassed
election candidates for Council and School Boards in all three
North Shore districts for their views on heritage preservation.
Details have been posted on the website's Reports page here.
BC Binning Residence: The Land Conservancy has been granted
title for this important West Vancouver heritage building, and has
launched a campaign to raise an endowment of $300,000 to guarantee
its long-term future. North Shore Heritage is supporting the TLC's
fund-raising campaign. For details, see The Land Conservancy
Doors and Hardware Workshop: North Shore Heritage
hosted a workshop on heritage doors and hardware during
September's North Shore Heritage Weekend, led by local expert
Milton McCrystal. North Shore Heritage gratefully acknowledges the
assistance of Heritage BC and the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and
the Arts with support for this workshop. Previous workshops were
held on wood windows and the True Colours paint program.
West Vancouver Permits and Planning Workshop: Bob
Sokol, Director of Planning for the District of West Vancouver,
was the guest speaker at the North Shore Heritage Preservation
Society's AGM at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Venue: The
Silk Purse, 1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver.
Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites: The North Shore
Heritage Preservation Society has published a listing of the most
significant heritage resources in North and West Vancouver that
are threatened by development, economics and other factors. Click here
to download the report as a pdf file, or here
to view the web version, with more photos.
City of North Vancouver Heritage Awards 2007: Residential
Heritage Conservation: Ken and Myra Statham (272 West 5th Street,
Eliza Piper House); John and Melanie King (276 East Keith Road,
Foster House); Noort Holdings, Peter Amat and Kerri Maxwell (1500
Grand Boulevard, Humphrey Residence); Small Scale Heritage
Improvement: Jay Slater and Sylvia Ducceschi (519 East 7th Street,
Archibald Residence); Mary Tasi and Wade Baker (322 West 6th
Street, Walden Residence); Heritage Awareness Achievement: Warren
Sommer (The Ambitious City: A History of the City of North
District of North Vancouver Heritage Awards 2007: Heritage
Landscape and Enhancement: Michael Smith (2357 Riverside Drive);
Maintenance of a Heritage Building for Public Use: Ecole Andre-Piolat
(380 West Kings Road), Michael Hill (architect), Ken McKillop
(landscape architect), School District #93; Sensitive Maintenance
of a Heritage Home: Catherine Forbes and Ogden Gavanski (740 East
9th Street); Laura Meyers and Matt Herdon (1299 Frederick Road);
Heritage Advocacy: North Vancouver Museum and Archives (Sea to Sky
Heritage Fair); North Vancouver District Public Library (Lynn
West Vancouver Heritage Awards: Renovation/restoration: Tom
Houg (144 Stephens Drive); Nicky Morgan and Don Tupper (The Gerson
House); Padra and Sarah Farhangi; Awareness: RL Carlile and J
Bernard (Creeks Conservation Society); Peter Miller and Nancy
Smith (North Shore Heritage Preservation Society); Paul
Berlinguette and Randall Lewis (Sway'wey Creek); Elspeth Bradbury
(West Vancouver - A View Through the Trees).
Hollyburn Lodge: Past, Present and Future: The West Vancouver Archives has launched a new short
film highlighting the history of the Hollyburn Lodge at First
Lake, near Cypress Bowl. The film has been created in support of
the Hollyburn Lodge Restoration Project Ė one of the District of
West Vancouverís 2010 Olympic Legacy Projects. Hollyburn
Lodge: Past, Present and Future can be viewed on the West
Vancouver Museum & Archives website by clicking here.
Lonsdale School: Under the same School District
proposal, this closed school building, a community cornerstone
from 1910, will be demolished to make way for new housing and
administrative buildings. For more information, see the Heritage
Gleneagles Great Hall. The Great Hall at Gleneagles
Golf Course in West Vancouver has been saved, thanks to a campaign
by the Western Residents Association. Council in March 2007 agreed
to the construction of new facilities and restoration of the Great
Hall, allocating a budget of
around $1 million to the latter. The decision was confirmed in
City Inventory. The City of North Vancouver is finalizing
an update of its 1994 Heritage Inventory, a list of significant
buildings. Most of the existing 253 heritage buildings from the
previous inventory have been retained, with just nine deleted due
to demolition, destruction by fire or severe alteration. Some 71
new heritage properties are proposed for addition due to changes
in appreciation or assessment of heritage value, particularly for
postwar buildings; rehabilitation and restoration since the last
inventory; obscure location causing prior oversight; and, in one
case, relocation to the area.
Ottawa Gardens: The City of North Vancouver
has prepared development and design guidelines for the Ottawa
heritage area, in West 6th, West 5th and West Keith. They include
creating a Heritage Conservation Area to cover the 200 and 300
blocks of West 6th, upgrading its status from a Heritage Character
Area and extending the area to the west to include St. Edmund's
Church, Rectory and Catholic School. The plan also introduces
block-by-block rules on development.
Community History Centre: North
Vancouver's new Community History Centre opened its doors in
May 2006. The building -- the renovated Lynn
Valley Elementary School, at 3203
(northwest corner of Mountain
Valley Road) --
houses the commission offices, archives reading room, collections
storage, education resource centre and public meeting
Heritage: This website is dedicated to the North
Shore Heritage Preservation Society, a not-for-profit group
formally incorporated in June 2005, with a mandate of raising
awareness of the merits of heritage and distinctive buildings,
providing a resource for preservation of these buildings, and
helping to protect buildings under threat. For
membership details, click here.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incentives: The society published a new report, Financial
Incentives for Heritage Preservation on the North Shore, as part
of Heritage Week in February 2006. It outlines options for
restoration grants, property tax incentives and public-private
sector initiatives. For this and other reports, see the
Heritage Watch: The
society publishes an online report, Heritage
Watch, to monitor buildings
threatened by demolition or development. It's also available in
Research Guide: The
North Shore Heritage Network has published a guide to researching
house history in North and West Vancouver. To see it online, click
To download a pdf copy, please click here.
read two articles on the launch of the North Shore Heritage online
service in the North Shore News, click here
Hodgson House: A
group was formed in West Vancouver in 2005 to try to save Hodgson
House, an inventoried heritage house that was shipped to Vancouver
Island. Unfortunately, funds could not be raised before the house
was sold to a buyer in Sechelt. For an article on the issue, click
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