Vancouver Icons: Heritage Hall


Monday, February 3rd, 2014 — 10:34am PST
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I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Heritage Hall on several occasions for conferences, speaking engagements, and to meet with the Mount Pleasant BIA. This handsome building on the corner of Main and 15th has had many lives, and continues to be an elegant venue for special events, fashion shows, and weddings making it today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature.


1917: Archives# CVA 99-356. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

Heritage Hall began its life 99 years ago, constructed as a postal station in 1915. It was designed by Archibald Campbell Hope and completed in 1916. Heritage Hall was designated a heritage building by the City of Vancouver in 1974 and was included in the first list of buildings identified by the City as having historical importance.

There are conflicting theories about why such an ornate building was built in this location, but most agree the building was an attempt to stimulate commercial growth in the Mount Pleasant area. It has also been suggested that the location of the electric street car station across the street at 14th and Main caused the city fathers to locate the imposing building where they did. Unfortunately, the new surge of residents did not arrive and the shopping and business areas of the city shifted west. [About Heritage Hall]

Mount Pleasant Wreath Photowalk

elegant Heritage Hall in winter light
Photo credit: photocafe & photocafe on Flickr

Designated a heritage structure by the City of Vancouver in 1974, and by Public Works Canada in 1976, the old Post Office building at Main Street and 15th Avenue is a landmark in the Mount Pleasant community. It is one of the oldest official buildings in Vancouver and over the years it has served the city well. [About Heritage Hall]

You can pick up a copy of “Heritage Hall: Biography of a Building” from the building’s administration office. The book received a 2006 City of Vancouver Heritage Award and a 2003 Heritage Society of British Columbia Honour Award.

Heritage Hall
Photo credit: eternal keni on Flickr

Heritage Hall IMG_7153
Photo credit: slowitdown & AE Creations on Flickr

Heritage Hall Clock 08 Spring HeritageHall3
Mark Faviell & cheeky_squeeky on Flickr

heritage hall
Photo credit: eternal keni on Flickr

heritage hall
Photo credit: gwilli on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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