Sylvia Holland (1900-1974)

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See the full story in Sensational Victoria: Bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts and gardens

I had a really interesting chat with Theo Halladay recently. Theo is 83 and living in the house her mother designed in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Theo was born in Victoria, and I’m quite fascinated with her mother Sylvia Moberly Holland, the first registered woman architect in British Columbia, and who I write about in detail in Sensational Victoria.

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What is a Heritage Register?

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For more tips on researching your home’s history see At Home with History: the secrets of Greater Vancouver’s heritage homes

The District of North Vancouver has two heritage inventories—Modern Architecture (1930-1965) published in 1997, and one with houses that date prior to 1930 published in 1993. Both are hopelessly out of date, many houses no longer exist, and others that should have been included, were not.

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Malcolm Lowry—(1909-1957)

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Malcolm Lowry was an incredibly talented, paranoid alcoholic who drank his way through the creation of more than a dozen novels and works of poetry. Born in England, and dead for more than half a century now, the writer left an indelible footprint in Vancouver. Today would have been his birthday.

 

Under the Volcano

Lowry lived in Vancouver for more than 15 years.

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Commodore Ballroom voted 8th most influential club in North America

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For more about the Commodore Ballroom see Sensational Vancouver 

Billboard Magazine hit the streets last week naming our Commodore Ballroom one of North America’s 10 most influential clubs, right up there with New York’s Bowery Ballroom and the Fillmore in San Francisco. According to Billboard, the Commodore scored a spot on the list because it’s well-branded with great sightlines and amazing sound.

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Fire Hall No. 6

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Mostly I write for business magazines, but every now and then I get a really unusual assignment. Last month it was a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer for a travel magazine and another was writing the bios and web copy for the Vancouver Fire Fighter’s Calendar. The travel job took me to Banff and a night in the fabulous Banff Springs Hotel, and I got to spend a day at Fire Hall No.

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E.J. Hughes

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Last month Coastal Boats Near Sidney sold for $1.14 million, propelling E.J. Hughes into an exclusive group of 12 Canadian artists who have sold paintings for more than a million dollars.

I love his work and thought he had always lived on Vancouver Island, so I was interested in his Vancouver connection.

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2400 Motel: Vancouver’s 10th most endangered heritage site

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I discovered the 2400 Motel on Kingsway when I wrote Frommer’s With Kids Vancouver about a decade or so ago. Loved the old fashioned, retro feel of the place and its huge red and blue neon sign. The freshly painted green and white bungalows had the feel of a country cabin. Kids could play on the lawn outside, the rooms were clean and functional, and staying there was inexpensive.

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