Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation for the final two Places That Matter plaque presentations of 2012!
- #47 Bloedel Conservatory Sat. Dec 15th at 3pm Queen Elizabeth Park, inside the conservatory.
- #48 Burrard View Park Sun. Dec 16th at 4pm. 650 N. Penticton St. @Cottage Hospice Dining Room.
#47 Saturday Dec 15: Bloedel Conservatory 3pm presentation, Queen Elizabeth Park, Little Mountain. Free entry to attendees until 4pm. All are welcome!
Named for its donor, forestry executive and philanthropist Prentice Bloedel, the Bloedel Conservatory occupies the highest point in Vancouver at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. The triodetic-domed conservatory was opened on December 6, 1969 to display a tropical landscape of plant and bird species with the declared purpose of fostering a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants. Along with its surrounding gardens, arboretum, fountain and plaza – highlighted by the Henry Moore sculpture “Knife Edge – Two Piece” – the conservatory and its environs form a cultural landscape of education and inspiration.
#48 Sunday Dec 16: Burrard View Park 4pm presentation. Meet in the dining room at 650 North Penticton St. Cottage Hospice followed by a community walk to the Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival (5-9pm), refreshments. All are welcome!
Burrard View Park was the site of a Children’s Aid home built in 1906 in remote Hastings Townsite. It became the Wall Street Orphanage in the 1920s; the remaining orphanage building, “Babies’ Cottage,” is now Cottage Hospice and is managed by the St. James Community Service Society. The old foundation in the park once supported the Vancouver Juvenile Detention Home, designed in 1930 by city architect Arthur Julius Bird and a notorious prison for young offenders in its day.
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Places That Matter celebrates 125 stories that tell the history of Vancouver since its incorporation with community-based presentations at sites nominated by the public. Join us at a plaque presentation and share your stories. Help spread the word about the history in your neighbourhood and get to know your city! The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.