The Marine Building – Built on Rum?

I had thought the Marine Building was built by the Guinness family until I started doing some research on this Art Deco icon for my... Read More

Modernism in Vancouver Part Two: West Coast Modernism

While mid-century commercial architecture was embracing International Style with its clean-edged steel and glass construction... Read More

Repurposing old buildings: Bryan Adams’ Gastown Studio

The following post is an excerpt from Sensational Vancouver: Bryan Adams was a military brat born in Kingston, Ontario. His parents... Read More

Living History: An Interview with Eve Lazarus

Many people live by the idea that understanding the past is critical to understanding the present, and planning for the future. Yet... Read More

Modernism in Vancouver Part One: Post War Idealism

Early Vancouver architecture was epitomized by wood and stone structures, heavy on terra cotta detailing. After the First World War... Read More

Vancouver Tour has a Musqueam Perspective

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is piloting a project with the Musqueam Indian Band to offer a tour of Vancouver from a slightly... Read More

First Growth Lumber: Vancouver’s Early Industry

The west coast once supported some of the largest trees in the world including Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, pine, spruce, maple and... Read More

Vancouver’s West End Gentrification

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. – Arnold Bennett It’s one of... Read More

Gastown 1905 to 2014

As Vancouver’s original Downtown founded in 1867, Gastown survived a period of decline and disrepair following the 1960s, today... Read More

The Strathcona Story: A community that fought back, and the Architect that helped rebuild

In December of 1968, the residents of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona, were faced with losing their... Read More