Meeting Notes: May 2014

We had another interesting meeting last night, with even more newcomers filling out the room.  It was great to see them.

After introductions, Penny reported on the response to the 2014 Centenary Houses project.  She and Maria delivered 35 letters of proposal about two weeks ago, and we have already heard back positively from about 13 or 14.

Jak then gave an illustrated lecture on James Guinet and his contribution to the development of Grandview, 1907-1912.

Eric mentioned the avalability of a BC Mills House for study in Burnaby. He also mentiond the history of the Terminal Iron Works, an original Grandview foundry that oprated at the beginning of the twentieth-century.

Thanks to everone who came along!

Map of the Century Signs Houses


Here’s our two dozen houses from 1912 and earlier, all ones sporting our plaques in their front yards. Most of the photographs are by Penny Street. Readers interested in further analysis of common Vancouver housing styles of the period should seek out the book Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, particularly the graphic on pages 90-1; unfortunately, there’s no good on-line source for that material yet although the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is working on a web tool.

The Birthday Signs Launch!

This morning we formally launched our Centenary Birthday Signs campaign in front of the wonderful series of 1912 houses on the south east corner of First and Victoria.  Twenty-five or more local residents — including a number of owners whose heritage houses now sport our signs — helped us celebrate the glorious heritage houses that are such a feature of our Grandview neighbourhood.

Historians Bruce Macdonald, Jak KIng and Michael Kluckner each had a few words to say about the project, the houses and the relevance of heritage retention in the modern world.  Then Don Smith, owner of two of these houses, talked about the pleasure they had given him and his family.  Finally, he and his wife formally accepted their signs.

With the formal business out of the way, everyone helped us eat our way through a wonderful birthday cake.

Historian Bruce Macdonald talks about the Edwardian Village of Grandview

Susan and Don Smith take possession of the 100th birthday sign for their house

The 100th Birthday Cake that was enjoyed by all

This has proven to be a wonderfully successful project and all of us in the Grandview Heritage Group are heartened by the interest shown by so many in these houses and their relevance to our community.  As we work our way through the ongoing Grandview Community Plan that will affect the future of our neighbourhood for a generation, we hope that this interest will help ensure the survival of the community we love so well.