Part Two: Finding the Millachip Family in the 1913 Postcard!

I wrote about finding a Vancouver treasure 5,700 kilometres away in Prince Edward Island. It was a post card size photo taken around 1914 of a couple with their son and dog in front of a very handsome craftsman cottage on Clark Drive. The one clue to the identity of this family was in theContinue reading “Part Two: Finding the Millachip Family in the 1913 Postcard!”

Part Three: Vancouver’s Millachip Family and their Great War Loss

I wrote about the house at 2825 Clark Drive and the family, Edith, Arthur and Willie Millachip who proudly stand in front of that house in 1913. I had purchased the card with this remarkable family scene  in Prince Edward Island. After finding that the house was still standing (although now devoid of its handsomeContinue reading “Part Three: Vancouver’s Millachip Family and their Great War Loss”

Is Saving the Front of Heritage Buildings Just a Facade?

You know them~those buildings you walk up to that look heritage and wonderful from the front but once you are in them they are kind of a modern box. In many cases these are heritage buildings that have had their facades maintained as part of the development permit process, with the new modern building tuckedContinue reading “Is Saving the Front of Heritage Buildings Just a Facade?”

The Friday File ~ The How and Why of Downtown Granville Street (and all those bars)

This YouTube video was published by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area (BIA), and presents a rather eclectic look at the development of the downtown section of Granville Street, and how it came to be.

Job Jar~Vancouver Heritage Foundation

  The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has a job opening for a student intern to work with their staff this summer. There may be other positions available as well and you are encouraged to visit their website for future postings. Special Projects Research Assistant – Student Summer Job Vancouver Heritage Foundation (VHF) is seeking a student intern toContinue reading “Job Jar~Vancouver Heritage Foundation”

A New Generation of Activists Assist in Chinatown’s Next Chapter~Melody Ma

There are a lot of unsung heroes in Vancouver that care deeply about place and culture, and recognizing that some elements of the City are important enough to fight for. Melody Ma is one of the emerging voices in Vancouver who quite simply, calls it like it is. The City of Vancouver has just announcedContinue reading “A New Generation of Activists Assist in Chinatown’s Next Chapter~Melody Ma”

Hudson’s Bay Store on Granville For Sale

Is it an example of shifting tastes and market demand? One of the most iconic downtown buildings, the Granville Street Hudson’s Bay store is going to be sold as reported in Business in Vancouver. The present store was built in 1927 and is instantly recognizable with its white terra cotta exterior. The six-storey Granville Street store builtContinue reading “Hudson’s Bay Store on Granville For Sale”

Vancouver Art Gallery Asks Feds for $100 Million for New Building

The Vancouver Sun reporter Kevin Griffin  gives the latest on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s missive to build the proposed Herzog & de Meuron-designed Vancouver Art Gallery building. This building has attracted a lot of comment due to its blocky appearance, the lack of any treatment on the ground plane, and the fact it has no interactionContinue reading “Vancouver Art Gallery Asks Feds for $100 Million for New Building”

A Vancouver Special Space? Named After Architectural Visionary, Bing Thom

Ralph Segal was the senior architect and development planner for the Planning Department of the City of Vancouver. He is a well-respected professional that cares deeply about the city, and who was involved in most of the major planning and design decisions in the City in the three decades prior to his retirement. Ralph hasContinue reading “A Vancouver Special Space? Named After Architectural Visionary, Bing Thom”