Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity that is dedicated to supporting the conservation of the city’s heritage buildings through education, public awareness and granting activities.

VHF activities are open to everyone with a special emphasis on members of the public with an interest in the city’s history, building owners, related professionals and related organizations. Activities include workshops, lectures, tours, publications, and granting programs to paint, restore and maintain designated heritage properties.

VHF actively fundraises through donations of cash, securities, property, and planned gifts to grow an endowment fund to protect heritage buildings in perpetuity.

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Modernism in Vancouver Part Two: West Coast Modernism

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