We had another full house for our monthly meeting on Thursday, and it was an interesting one.
- Eric Phillips continued his marvelous Mechanicals and Materials series, this time with a lively discussion of what and how to keep records of your house. Using his own home as an example, he talked about property records, such as building permits, ownership and residency changes, and making an inventory of building components, such as mouldings, tiles, fireplaces, original paint colours and wallpaper designs, etc. He went on to explain the value of documenting, with images preferably, renovations made, including discoveries exposed during such renovations. He closed with ideas for maintaining these records in what he thought could be a House Manual.
- We then discussed changes in various buildings around the neighbourhood including Brookhouse (becoming ever more derelict), Rob Wynen’s old house (in which the interior has been gutted, and the Brandon Block in the 1700-block of Commercial Drive where building/renovation work in the basement and the upstairs apartments is ongoing. The impending sale of both the Odlin Block in the 1600-block and 2064 Commercial were mentioned. The latter is being sold with the assumption that the 1945 building will be demolished.
- Michael Kluckner led a very informative discussion on how heritage buildings are evaluated in Canada, in general, and in Vancouver in particular. He went through the creation of Statements of Significance and how those documents are evaluated and edited, and he also explained in detail the scoring system used to give buildings an A, B, or C in Vancouver’s Register. He closed by discussing current efforts to formalize building descriptions, mainly through roof styles.
- It was noted that the deadline for applications for the City of Vancouver Heritage Awards is 2nd February.
- Penny Street circulated the old photographs that Ron Segev found within the walls during renovation of his house at 1746 E. 3rd.
- We briefly noted that our heritage plaque at Via Tevere has essentally disappeared through reaction with elements in the atmosphere. We will endeavour to find a more permanent replacement.
- Finally, we briefly discussed another intervention on behalf of Grandview heritage into the still-ongoing Community Plan process. Jak will circulate the 2012 document that we sent to the City in advance of the Plan.
- Our next meeting will be on the third Thursday of February in the Britannia Boardroom at 7pm.