History & Heritage
March 24, 2019

VHF Walking Tours with John Atkin

From the Vancouver Heritage Foundation: 2019 Walking Tours with John Atkin.

Starting in May, John will explore the industrial heritage and history found across Vancouver. John’s walks are extremely popular so we recommend signing up early if you’d like to attend. Both May dates are filling quickly and are close to capacity. A full list of May to October dates and topics is now up on the Walking Tour page.

Select Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

Register for all walks here, $16



In 2019 join John Atkin to explore Vancouver’s industrial heritage and history


June 8: Vernon Street

A lost waterfront, duck hunting ground, indigenous portage route and home to the arts and taxis.


July 6: From Creek to Trains

The eastern reaches of False Creek were filled for rail yards, passenger depots and a home for industry in the early years of the 20th Century and change is once again on the horizon.


July 20: Shipyards, Salt and the Olympics

The southeast corner of False Creek has become one of the city’s newest residential neighbourhoods leaving behind its heavy industrial past.


August 10: Beer, Boxes and Tents

Once home to a number of industries including a brewery, Jones Tent and Awning and a host of other firms attracted by the rail access, the district today is an interesting mix of modern construction and heritage buildings.


August 31: Vegetables, Furniture and Flowers

Chinese vegetable wholesalers and retailers rubbed shoulders with other small scale industry on the edge of Mount Pleasant and the fertile valley between Main St and Fraser St.


October 5: Foundries, Lumber and Baseball

Before the construction of the Granville Street Bridge, the area was home to the Capilano Stadium and the local baseball team. Foundries and lumber yards were mixed in with a collection of houses and churches in the surrounding neighbourhood.


October 19: Take Me to the River

For thousands of years the Fraser River and its shoreline has been an important food source and transportation corridor. It has long been a major industrial
artery and is now an emerging residential area.

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Hycroft Tuesday Evening Lecture Series New in 2012

Tuesdays 7:15 – 8:45pm. Please sign in at 7pm. $12 including hst ($6 Hycroft Members)

Please register online at www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call 604.264.9642 

Lectures are at Hycroft (The University Women’s Club of Vancouver) at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaugnessey near 16th and Granville. Free parking is available on McRae and The Crescent just west of Hycroft. Attend all three lectures and you can earn a general elective towards an Old School Certificate in Heritage Conservation!

History of Exterior House Colour, with Donald Luxton

Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm

Join Donald Luxton, local heritage consultant and expert on historic colour, for an illustrated talk on the history of residential paint colour from Vancouver’s earliest buildings to the high-style heritage homes of the early 20th century. Learn about the art, technology and history of paint, how colours were used to accent different Victorian and Edwardian era house styles, and what colours are appropriate for restoring the historic look of a period house. 

History of Neon Light in Vancouver, with John Atkin

Tuesday, February 21st, 7pm

Join author and civic historian John Atkin at Hycroft for “It’s All About the Light” a talk about neon, lighting, and the city. Timed to coincide with the MOV’s Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibition, Atkin sheds light on the invention and science of neon and Vancouver’s extraordinary love affair with this light source. From its peak in the 1950s, Atkin traces the reasons and implications of neon’s decline across North America and looks at the recent renaissance of lighting in urban design.

Historic Stained Glass in Vancouver, with Jim Wolf

Tuesday, March 6th, 7pm

Curious about the origins of your home’s stained and leaded glass windows? Join historian and author Jim Wolf for a look back at the story of Vancouver’s fascinating art glass industry. Craftsmen and artists from England introduced this ancient art to the west coast that blossomed in the Edwardian era with standard pattern books and catalogues, leaving behind a legacy of ‘lights’ found today in our city’s heritage homes and buildings. From the Arts & Crafts masterpieces created by the famed Bloomfield studio for West End mansions to the Art Deco windows of the Marine Building, this presentation will be full of colourful surprises.

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