History & Heritage
August 6, 2015

The Daily Durning: Shorts for the Summer

I thought your readers would enjoy these two NFB productions:

The first is “Whistling Smith:” a beat cop in the Downtown Eastside in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s a four-decade-old production. The Hastings Street buildings and cafes are there, but 40 years older.

The criticism of this film is that it patronizes women – especially First Nations women – something I agree with but we’ll let your readers decide.

After Smith retired, he became drver/body guard for Bill Vander Zalm when he was Premier.


[Go here for “Whistling Smith.”]


The second film is about the construction of housing for the wartime effort (WWII). Terrible narration. One could not imagine documentary dialogue like that these days, but those were the times.

There are also a few scenes of wartime housing construction in B.C.. It appears to be war-time housing for the ship yard workers in North Vancouver.


[Go here for “Wartime Housing.”]

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Walking Tours: East Hastings and Art Deco

Join us for a meander through the Lakewood to Renfrew corridor near Hastings Street, where you’ll see the recent growth of this neighbourhood. See how the buzz of new business is helping maintain local heritage, including residences and some long-standing businesses.

Join Maurice Guibord on a tour of this vibrant neighbourhood including stops at Donald’s Market, Places That Matter site Dayton Boots and several small cafés and bakeries that have sprung up as part of the area’s shifting social and economic make-up.

Saturday, August 29
10 am – 12 
Register Here $15 (inc. tax)

Art Deco with Maurice Guibord
Revel in the grand dames of this ebullient architectural movement in Vancouver’s downtown core. We’ll visit the iconic Marine Building along with some lesser known examples of the style.
Friday, October 9
10 am – 12 pm

Register Here $15 (inc. tax)

FREE! West Hastings Walking Tour

There has been a great turn-out for all of this summer’s free lunch-time walking tours. Now there is just one date left! Meet up with tour guide Samuel Mickelson at Lot 19, the parkette where Hornby Street meets West Hastings Street, for a 45-minute walk inspired by five newly installed Places That Matter plaques along West Hastings Street. Registration is first come, first served at Lot 19 starting at 12pm. Friday, July 31
12:15 pm – 1 pm

Meet at Lot 19 (Hornby St and W Hastings St)
Thank you to tour sponsor Hastings West Laneway House Tour 2015:
Tickets now available
Tickets are now available for the 2015 Laneway House Tour! Join us on October 24th to tour a selection of new laneway houses built behind heritage homes, along with some examples of historic densification. Throughout Vancouver’s development, different neighbourhoods have employed unique zoning to add density while preserving character and neighbourhood feel. Continuing a theme started with last year’s successful tour, we will once again look at both new and historic ideas for adding density in heritage-rich areas throughout the city. Saturday, October 24
1 pm-5 pm

Tickets $30 or $23 students

Mid-Century Modern House Tour: Zaklan Residence

The Zaklan Residence is an intriguing home designed in 1969/70 by architect Peter Wardle. Constructed on a very narrow lot, the home is just 12 feet wide, but benefits from creative use of glazing and natural light. The three-floor residence has limited front-facing glazing, instead gaining light from a unique enclosed double-height courtyard and third-floor north-facing windows.

This truly unique home’s layout and structure was possible mostly due to the era in which it was built. With new local zoning, this house is unlikely to be built today. However, its narrow lot and wood façade help disguise it from the street, creating a private oasis. This home employs a number of the hallmarks of the Modern movement and is a fascinating study of the style. Join us on September 26th to see inside this and other examples of a remarkable era.

There are a limited number of tickets available for both the bus and self-guided tour option. Both options include a $50 donation to support VHF programming, with charitable tax receipt, a wine and cheese reception and a short talk from guest speaker Professor Leslie Van Duzer of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Saturday, September 26
Tour 1 pm – 5 pm, Reception 5 pm – 7 pm

Bus $110, Self-guided $90
*Pricing does not include GST, which is applied to the non-donation cost only

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From the Vancouver Heritage Foundation: .


With the Mid-Century Modern House Tour coming up on September 26, we wanted to put out a call for students to sign up for our Student Access Program.

VHF is offering a small number of fully sponsored free tickets to students for our Mid-Century Modern House Tour coming up on September 26. Students who sign up for the program are put into a queue to receive complimentary tickets to VHF events such as house tours and educational courses.

Visit here for more information and guidelines for the program. Information on the Mid-Century Modern House Tour can be found here.

To sign up to the Student Access Program, email mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call our office at 604-264-9642.

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From Uncage the Soul Productions:

We’ve seen books and blogs using the “Then and Now” treatment to show side by side the historic and present via photos. But in our curiosity and research, we could not find many or any examples of this comparison being done with motion video.

Thinking about it more, we got excited to use timelapse and slow motion to bend and warp present time while exploring past time. The idea was sparked.


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From the Vancouver Heritage Foundation:


The WALL: Now accepting proposals

The WALL, located at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre Plaza at 700 Hamilton Street, is a VHF public art initiative. Made possible by a unique partnership between VHF and CBC Radio-Canada, with support from JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, the WALL features a new artist every year.

We are currently accepting proposals for the next WALL art project to be installed fall 2015. Independent artists and curators are welcome to apply.

Please review this submission package and submit your proposal by July 3rd, 2015 at 5pm.

For more information and past installations click here.

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