Next time you’re in the Lower Lonsdale area, drop by Presentation House and check out Water’s Edge. It’s a new interactive exhibit developed by the North Vancouver Museum that shows how the waterfront has changed over the last couple of hundred years. I did the research and wrote the stories, archivist Janet Turner sourced hundreds of photos and maps, and Juan Tanus and his team at Kei Space added the magic.
I went to the District of North Vancouver offices to pick up some money owed and was promptly redirected to the City of North Vancouver offices five minutes down the road. It made me wonder yet again why we are running two completely separate bureaucracies for a relatively small population. It also made me think about Warnett Kennedy’s plan to turn North Vancouver into a second downtown Vancouver.
A few people that I know have sold their large houses and downsized to Norgate, one of the few flat areas of North Vancouver just to the east of the Lions Gate Bridge. Norgate is also one of the few areas that hasn’t seen massive change to its housing stock—a collection of modest-sized, tidy mid-century ranchers with big gardens.
On March 12, 1965 Harry Jerome met Percy Williams—two of the most remarkable sprinters in Vancouver’s history. The meeting took place at the first ever indoor meet in British Columbia and was called the Percy Williams Invitational Indoor Track Meet, and held at the Agrodome.
The event that took place 51 years ago will be repeated next Saturday as The Province Percy Williams Indoor Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
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).
I spent the last three months of 2015 working on an interactive project called Water’s Edge for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. We started at Indian Arm and went a little west of Ambleside to find the stories that would show the massive changes that have happened to the shoreline and to Burrard Inlet.
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.
Forty years ago this October two explosions at the Grain Elevators rocked North Vancouver. Four men later died in hospital from severe burns, while one man was trapped in the building—his body was never found. The fire caused $8 million in damages and destroyed the workhouse, track shed, and a large part of the shipping gallery in the former Moodyville area.