I have a new addition to my collection of Vancouver books filled with historical photographs, stories, and information. Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years by Michael Kluckner has just arrived in stores and I’m looking forward to flipping through the pages, illustrated with archival photographs and Kluckner’s signature watercolours.
- Landmark City: successes and failures on the downtown peninsula
- The Working Harbour: a chapter on the evolution of the port
- The Vancouver Shop: changes in design of buildings and tenants in the city’s retail districts
- The Vancouver House: the evolution of house design in the past 125 years; which ones have held up best
- The Vancouver Apartment: the evolution of apartments over the last century
- The Planted City: urban and sustainable agriculture and changing fashions in gardens
- Legacies & Memories: examining how places and buildings link to tell stories
- Drawing a Line in the Mud: the yin and yang of Vancouver; trying to keep the historic layers on the landscape
This is a follow up to the Kluckner’s first Vanishing Vancouver book that was published in 1990 and looked at the changing landscape of the city up until Expo86.
The book will lead me into my summer reading season with sessions taking place on my balcony under the shade of an evergreen. I love Frances Bula‘s quote on the back cover: “This latest volume in Michael Kluckner’s long elegy for Vancouver is a treasure for city-lovers like me, with its new collection of visual record of our city before glass.”
You can meet up with Michael Kluckner at a Vancouver Heritage Foundation event this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. He will give a lecture about this year’s upcoming Heritage House Tour. Tickets are available online for $12. You can also meet the author at a free lecture May 24th at the Museum of Vancouver and May 26th at Hager Books for a signing.
Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, published by Whitecap Books, is in stores now.