CCW hosted Diane Switzer, the Executive Director for the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, who gave a fascinating presentation on heritage preservation in the city of Vancouver and how it interacts with sustainability objectives.
Diane discussed unique housing styles in our city and stressed that each style of home is an important part of Vancouver’s history and, therefore, not only the turn-of-the-century homes but also the Vancouver Specials could be considered “Heritage” (the designation itself is up to the building owner). Diane wasn’t opposed to the modern concrete and glass homes currently being built. Quite the contrary, she was very positive about how modern architecture can work with these historic homes to tell Vancouver’s whole story. Diane was also very supportive of infill efforts including infill homes, laneway homes and building up on commercial buildings as these maintain the historic fabric of our city. The presentation was filled with pictures exemplifying Diane’s points, which created a very rich and visual presentation. It was like floating through our city streets with an expert storyteller.
The event was held at the Shebeen Whiskey House in Gastown, which is coincidentally an old brick building from the late 1800’s. Two guests (Kate Gerson from Dialog and Farah Makani from MCW Consultants) also won tickets to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Annual Heritage House Tour held on Sunday June 3rd!
If you want to learn more about the Vancouver Heritage Foundation you can visit their website: http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/