City of Vancouver Heritage Awards

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The City of Vancouver’s Heritage Awards, which took place last week, showcase heritage conservation projects and highlight when best efforts have been made to restore, preserve, and maintain icons of our city’s history. This also includes efforts to revitalize communities and neighbourhoods.

Here are just a few of the winning projects:

610 Granville Street – The Hudson
An Award of Recognition for restoring the two primary facades of the BC Electric Showroom, for retaining and restoring the additional facade of the Hunter Brothers Block, and protecting the St. Regis Hotel and Gotham Steakhouse. Awards were presented to Wall Financial Corporation, Macdonald Development Corporation, Stantec Architecture Ltd. and McGinn Engineering & Preservation Ltd.

Arts and Crafts Building, 576 Seymour Street
An Award of Recognition for restoring the storefront and the mezzanine, re-opening it to the street and adapting new retail and office uses. Awards were presented to owner Terry Pejan, David Hepworth of SITU Design, Hi-Fi Centre and VPAC Construction.

Paris Block before, and after

Paris Block, 53 West Hastings Street
An Award of Recognition for the rescue, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use and for the social and economic benefits to the neighbourhood. Awards were presented to The Salient Group, Gair Williamson Architects, Ankeman Marchand Architects and Donald Luxton & Associates.

Chinese Freemasons Building, 5 West Pender Street
An Award of Recognition for the rehabilitation of the exterior, its contribution to the Carrall Street Greenway and incorporating seniors housing which will bring diversity and vitality to the area. Awards were presented to owner Pip Peri Pembo Management Ltd., Joe Y. Wai Architect, Commonwealth Historic Resource Management and Makam Construction Ltd.

The South Granville Business Improvement Association received recognition “for the celebration and public awareness generated by its festivities and public awareness efforts: installing heritage plaques, compiling a photo archive, holding a centennial event, and dedicating a time capsule.”

Lisa Smedman was recognized for her book, Vancouver, Stories of a City, awards were given to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Fred Herzog for Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs, and the City Reflections: 1907 – Vancouver – 2007 DVD by the Vancouver Historical Society was also honored.

Big thanks to Jason for informing me of this event and following up with links and info.

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  1. Vincent NgThursday, June 4th, 2009 — 10:49pm PDT

    I work right above the 610 Granville Building, and I have to admit, what they’ve done to the Husdon has been amazing. Most people walk by without really noticing the intricacies, but looking up all over, it’s quite interesting with Gothams, St. Regis, Shore Club and the retail space. It gets jumbled up together so it looks like another city block. But with more careful inspection…there’s a lot of class to the building.

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