Here is the text of an email we received today about a cause close to our hearts — the preservation of heritage homes.
Stop the Demolitions: A Gathering to Save Our Character and Heritage Homes
When: Sunday May 25, 3 pm
Where: The Legg Residence, 1241 Harwood Street
Bring your messages, pictures and mementoes of a vanishing Vancouver to attach to the orange fences.
Why: The Legg Residence is a grand Arts and Crafts mansion built in 1899 when the West End was one of Vancouver’s most desirable neighbourhoods, but this 115 year-old A-list heritage home will soon be demolished. It will be replaced by a 17-storey condo. Last year more than a thousand demolition permits were issued in Vancouver, many for pre-1940s houses built with a high level of craftsmanship and quality materials. As well as sending more than 50 tonnes of waste to the landfill, each demolition takes with it the history, character and narratives of our established neighbourhoods.
Please join us in honouring the Legg Residence and all the homes we have lost. Let’s demand better protection of the heritage buildings that remain.
Heritage buildings reveal Vancouver’s history and are essential to our city’s sense of place.
Say NO to wasteful demolitions. Say YES to preservation of our built heritage.
Stop by if you can on Sunday and show them support!