Category: Heritage buildings

West End Heritage–a chance to have your say

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There are two vastly different West End housing proposals going before Vancouver council this week and both have implications about how we view heritage in our development-mad city. One, in Mole Hill, involves the community’s desire to designate Mole Hill as a Heritage Conservation Area; while the other is a way to redevelop and save a deteriorating 1920s West End apartment building.

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Vancouver Heritage House Tour and Manson’s Deep

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Never heard of Manson’s Deep? You’re not alone. It’s one of the deepest points in Howe Sound just off Point Atkinson. It’s also been a burial ground for old sailors since 1941.

Manson’s Deep gets its name from Captain Thomas Manson who came to Vancouver from Scotland in 1892.

According to an article by Kellsie McLeod*, Manson, himself was buried there in 1946.

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The Museum at the Pipe Shop

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Can you think of a better fit for the Pipe Shop than an interactive cultural history museum? I can’t, and I’m furious that a mayor and a couple of North Vancouver City councillors were able to scuttle years of work and planning.

The Pipe Shop is part of the shipyard development at the foot of Lonsdale, next to the SeaBus and what will be the new Presentation House (Polygon Gallery).

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Fred Hollingsworth’s Sky Bungalow

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If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of West Coast Modern, and especially of Fred Hollingsworth, an amazing North Vancouver architect who died this year at age 98 after changing the face of architecture.

But it wasn’t until I was at the West Vancouver Museum this summer that I heard the story behind the Sky Bungalow.

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