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.
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.