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Historic Building Permits project

Architect? Cost? Date? Launched Nov 2011, our ongoing Vancouver Building Permits 1901-1921 database, currently contains 30,861 hand-transcribed searchable historic permits, with thanks to a Vancouver125 Grant for making the project launch possible. permits.heritagevancouver.org


Upcoming events

To Nov 11: WW1 Spaces & Places exhibit at Mt. Pleasand Library
Nov 5: Tales from the West End
Dec 4: AGM & Christmas Party at Roedde House Museum

Remembering WW1: The Vancouver Homefront

Sept 14: WW1: Walking Tour: A Soldier's Journey, Home Front to Front Line
Oct 5: WW1: The Homefront – Our Town, WW1 Activities in South Hill
Oct 8: WW1: Behind the Scenes at Beatty St. Drill Hall
Nov 2: WW1: Vancouver's WW1 Commemorative Places Bus Tour

Walking tours have finished for 2014


Mount Pleasant Library exhibit –
WW1 Spaces and Places

October 6 to November 11, 2014
Mount Pleasant Library, 1 Kingsway, Vancouver (
Free entry

Drop by the Mount Pleasant Library between October 6th and November 11 and enjoy a Heritage Vancouver Exhibit on the Mount Pleasant spaces and places that were so important to Canada’s war effort in WW1. Many of these prominent industrial and historical places are but a memory today.



Tales from the West End

November 5, 2014; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: JJ Bean, 1209 Bidwell St.
Free addmission
Event supporters include Heritage Vancouver Society, JJ Bean, and WEArts

One of Vancouver’s most colourful heritage sites will host a special storytelling event on November 5, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The event will include stories told by Mary Gavan, a Vancouver-based storyteller and recipient the 2011 Storytelling World Award. A passionate and moving storyteller, Ms. Gavan has performed before national and international audiences, and is a past president of Storytellers of Canada. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own stories and historic photographs of the West End to this collaborative and community-building event.

It'll be held at one of Vancouver’s most intriguing historic sites, formerly known as “Maxine’s Hideaway” and now home to a JJ Bean coffee shop. This West End landmark has many tales hidden in its walls. Originally a beauty parlour, legends of secret rum-running tunnels and other illicit activity in and around the building are part of the folklore of the West End. Maxine’s was rumoured to have served as a brothel during the Great Depression as well as a hideout for notorious gangsters. Several ghost stories are connected to the site, which has been a draw for local paranormal investigators.

Janet Leduc said: “Tales of the West End” is an invitation to explore and experience our community through stories about our common past. This is an opportunity to visit a newly renovated historic building, mingle with your neighbours, hear stories about Maxine’s and the West End from storyteller Mary Gavan, and explore opportunities and ideas to create community around the stories that contributed to creating our neighbourhood.”

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WW1: Vancouver's Commemorative Places Bus Tour

Sunday, November 2, 2014; 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Tour Guide: Isaac Vanderhorst
Location: Meet at Women’s Hospital (4500 Heather Street, at corner of W 30th Avenue)

Monuments commemorating the lives of Vancouverites killed in WW1 occupy a prominent place in our urban cultural landscape rooting us to our history and reminding us of this monumental event. Climb aboard for an exclusive guided tour of some of Vancouver’s WW1 Commemorative Places.

Isaac Vanderhorst, historian and Heritage Vancouver Board member will fascinate you with stories of WW1 memorials such as the Japanese War Memorial in Stanley Park, the historic lights on the Burrard Street Bridge, the Angel of Mercy, the Cenotaph, South Memorial Park to name but a few.

The bus will stop for a short tour at two selected sites. One of these, the Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, contains the only “Books of Remembrance” other than in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

We will also explore the Beatrice Lennie reliefs that frame the entrance to the former Shaughnessy hospital before the bus leaves.

Commemorative Places Bus Tour, Nov. 2, 2014

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AIBC: 3.0 Non-core LUs
PIBC: 4.0 Organized LUs


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AGM & Christmas Party

Thursday, December 4, 2014 ; 6:30pm to 9:00pm
AGM 6:30pm–7pm; Party 7pm–9pm
Roedde House Museum, in the West End at 1415 Barclay Street

Join Heritage Vancouver on Thursday, December 4th for our Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party. This year's AGM which begins at 6:30pm will be governed by bylaws passed at our 2011 AGM. All members in good standing are entitled to vote.

After the AGM, we welcome members, friends, supporters, and anyone interested in finding out more about Heritage Vancouver to our Christmas Party from 7-9pm.

This evening is an opportunity to celebrate the season with old friends and colleagues at the historic Roedde House Museum, which will be decorated for a Victorian style Christmas.

Come and bring your favourite appetizer, nibbles, or dessert and join in the festivities of the season. Wine will be provided.

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Past events – listing

• Opsal Steel Building - Preview Tour
• West End Plan and Heritage - Discussion
• Conversation with Brian Jackson, Director of Planning CoV
• Annual Garden Party Fundraiser
• Our 1st Annual Self-Guided Garden Tours in 2012
• Howard Hughes at the Bayshore tours
• 100th Anniversary of the Stanley Park Pavilion & the Rock Garden
• A Night of Tiki at the Waldorf Hotel & Bar
• Heritage Vancouver Society & the Vancouver Heritage Foundation: A Conversation about new Strategic Alliances
• Wing Sang Building (1889) Tour & Fundraiser
• Heritage & the Arts – Inaugural Long Table Social
• 2011 Top 10 Endangered Sites Bus Tour
• Art Deco Movie Screening of 42nd Street, hosted by Dal Richards
• Robert Fung’s Gastown – Tour and Reception
• Walking Tour - Strathcona, Vancouver's Old East End
• Walking Tour - Chinatown
• Walking Tour - Hippie Kitsilano
• Walking Tour - Vancouver’s West End
• The Exotic World of Art Deco World’s Fairs
• Tour of the Art Deco Marine Building & Penthouse (1930)
• The Future of Vancouver's Historic Theatres Discussion
• Shanghai and Miami - The Exotic World of Art Deco
• Robert Fung Gastown Tour & Reception
• Heatley Block Discussion
• The Penthouse Nightclub tour/event with Vintage Burlesque
• Our Annual Top Ten Endangered Sites bus tour (Annually, in May)
• Density Bank and Heritage Incentives Discussion
• EcoDensity Forum
• Japantown Forum
• Annual Christmas Party at Roedde House Museum
• Bowling at the Historic Commodore Lanes
• Various Community Speakers on Heritage Issues
• Walking Tour - Hastings Street

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