Meeting Notes: April 2018

It was another lively meeting last Thursday, with a wide range of topics discussed.

  • After introductions, Eric took us through a 1967 Beaver Kit houses brochure. The brochure loudly proclaimed the use of Zonolite insulation which, today, is the cause of much asbestos distress for those seeking to renovate their older houses;
  • We discussed the maintenance contract required for the GHG website.  We agreed a further two years with GoDaddy hosting, and we authorized a cheque to repay Penny for the expense.  In two years we will review the hosting situation;
  • We reviewed the plans for Car Free Day in July, and made an early call for volunteers to man the booth;
  • Neville presented an excellent piece of research based on a 1908 panoramic image of Grandview. In the image, it is possible to see the most part of Grandview west of the Drive down to False Creek.  Neville has spent considerable time identifying the houses, and has found water permits for many. It was a very valuable presentation;
  • Neville also presented some research on BC Mills houses including a couple of interesting examples that were moved to Odlum Street in the 1940s;
  • For the trifecta, Neville continued his discussion from last month regarding 1829 Parker. He suggests that the architect was Watson who also designed Wilga.
  • Penny discussed the repairs we are prepared to make to the Shelley’s sign which is now showing serious signs of exposure damage. She and Michael presented a plan for restoration to Via Tevere which they accepted.  The work will take place once the weather turns for the better;
  • Maria presented some suggestions for the Centenary Signs project this year.  She has identified a dozen or more houses in areas we have rarely touched in earlier years. It was agreed that a list will be prepared for a walking tour to make final selections;
  • Eric presented a number of upcoming events including the Heritage Garden Tour, the Grandview Garden Club garden tour, various Heritage Vancouver Foundation events, the Vancouver Labour History tours, and Christine Allen’s lecture for VHS next Thursday;
  • We were joined for much of the evening by James Evans who gave us an update on the Brookhouse development.  We also discussed the possibilities for an HRA at the St. Francis convent property.

 

 

Next Meeting: 19th April

Another month, another meeting!  The Grandview Heritage Group’s next meeting is this coming Thursday, 19th April, at 7:00pm in the Britannia Boardroom on the Napier Greenway.

We will have our usual wide-ranging and open agenda which this week will include:

  • Beaver Kit homes;
  • A 1909 Panorama image;
  • More on 1829 Parker Street;
  • A look at the Hollywood Theatre plan as a potential precursor to the Rio development;
  • Repairing the Shelley’s sign;
  • An update on GHG website maintenance;
  • Eric’s Neighbourhood Review;
  • Centenary Signs update;
  • Car Free Day update;

We are always happy to add items that YOU might want to discuss.

Everyone is welcome, so come along and join us!

Grandview Database v.21

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates almost 600 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 550 additional entries have been added from the 1914 City Directory;
  • And about 50  miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980), contemporary real estate listings, and another historian’s interim work on Parker Street.

In May we will complete the 1914 Directory entries.  We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.