Heritage Talks: Main Post Office Vancouver

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Listed on Heritage Vancouver’s Top 10 List of Endangered Sites in 2012, the Main Post Office has definitely come into the spotlight over the last year. The massive building in downtown Vancouver, between Georgia and Dunsmuir, Homer and Hamilton was recently sold, moving Canada Post operations to a main processing plant in Richmond by 2014. The building has over 600,000 square feet of space, ramps, a helipad, elevators, and a 2,400-foot long underground conveyor belt that used to link the system to the trains coming into Waterfront station. Once Canada Post clears out, there’s talk of it even being a viable location for the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Built - Main Post Office (1958)
Photo credit: Heritage Vancouver on Flickr

If you would like to join a larger discussion about this space you can join a free talk hosted by Heritage Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Heritage Talks: Vancouver’s Main Post Office
The Role of the Community in Determining its Future
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Arts & Culture Alliance #100-938 Howe (street level entrance)

We invite to you to provide input into future uses for Vancouver’s Main Post Office. The Canada Post building is one of the city’s last completely intact mid-century modern buildings and is made even more prominent by the fact that it occupies a full city block. The Post Office building that was owned by the people of Canada and Vancouver was sold to British Columbia Investment on January 25, 2013 to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC), one of Canada’s largest institutional investment managers.

To date there has been no opportunity for people to have a say in what uses they would like to see in the building once it is no longer used by Canada Post. Right now the future of the Post Office block is uncertain and is in the hands of the successful owner/developer and the City of Vancouver.

Heritage Vancouver is providing the community with the opportunity to express their ideas about the kind of uses they would like to see in the building. All comments will be passed along to the City of Vancouver and will be made available through community media. People who are unable to attend the conversation will have the opportunity to provide their ideas after the event.

Special guests for the Heritage Talk include Philip Boname of Urbanics Consultants, Patricia Bourque of Bourque Brueggerto Architects, and Bruno Freschi, a distinguished architect best known for his role as chief architect for Expo 86.

Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited so book your tickets today.

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