Today — May 5th — is the seventh anniversary of the very first meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group! Modest though we may be, I believe we are all proud of our achievements over this time, including the Grandview Database, the annual Heritage Signs, helping to save the Green House next to the Cultch, advocating, … Continue reading Happy Birthday To Us!
Last Thursday we had the first GHG meeting of the year, and we had a very large attendance with several new faces; great to see everyone. As usual the discussions were wide-ranging. We first discussed the demolition of the General Paints building on Venables. This was originally the site of Ayers Paint. Although this is … Continue reading Notes From January Meeting
We had a lot going on in the booth today -- detailed maps of early Grandview buildings, a very fine display of period interiors along with modern furniture that can be used to match the look, some interesting items from 1917, and access to the Grandview Database. The progress of folks interested in the booth … Continue reading GHG On Car Free Day
The GHG had another fine meeting last night, covering a diverse set of topics. During the 1940s and 1950s, oil heating was marketed across Canada, became a popular alternative, and many people had oil storage tanks buried in their yards. These days, the old tanks are considered a hazard and are generally removed, especially when … Continue reading Meeting Notes: May 2017
We enjoyed a wonderfully full and productive meeting last night. There were almost thirty people in attendance, many of them new to the group. They were interested and articulate, and it was great to welcome them all. The following agenda items were covered: Donato Calogero began the meeting with a wonderful presentation on his house … Continue reading Notes To September Meeting
We had another lively, informative, and well-attended meeting last Thursday evening. After introductions: We took note of our fifth anniversary on 5th May Centenary Signs Campaign All the previous year's signs have been collected Maria and Donato have assembled a number of possibilities on the west side of Grandview It was agreed we will look … Continue reading Notes From The May Meeting
Today -- May 5th -- is the fifth anniversary of the very first meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group! Modest though we may be, I believe we are all proud of our achievements over this time. Here's to the next five years!
As has become our tradition, GHG had a tent and table at the Commercial Drive Car Free Day festival yesterday (Sunday). It wsas a warm and sunny day, and we attracted a lot of traffic. Folks were interested in ourt displays of books, maps, mechanical articfacts, and bkow-ups of early advertizemements. We also did a … Continue reading GHG At Car Free Day!
Four years ago on Monday we had our first Grandview Heritage Group meeting in Craig’s kitchen in the middle of his rather chaotic home-renovation project! His lovely home is long-since complete, and GHG has accomplished quite a lot! So … CONGRATULATIONS! Good on us! Happy Anniversary!
There was a full house again for the GHG's monthly meeting, held (as always) in the boardroom at Britannia at 7 pm on the third Thursday. Cynthia Low, the executive director of Britannia, gave a Powerpoint presentation and listened to questions and comments about the ongoing planning process to replace the current Britannia Community Centre … Continue reading August 21st meeting recap
Here are Maria and Eric manning our booth just as the torrential downpour began to ease off. Thank goodness for sunshine later! We had a wonderful time on the Drive yesterday, meeting folks and having a number of fascinating conversations about heritage houses and local history. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to all … Continue reading GHG At Car Free Day 2014
Today is the third anniversary of the first ever meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group, sitting around Penny's table wondering what we might do with ourselves now that we were working together. Looking back, I don't think we have anything to worry about; what we have achieved in three short years has been magnificent. The … Continue reading Birthday #3 !!!
Many thanks to Karen Reed for these images!
Last Sunday we were involved in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Annual House Tour. For the first time, they had what they called a Heritage Fair which happened to be at the rear of a tour house on Kitchener. This was our table. ... with Penny and Christine handling the duties. Several of us took shifts … Continue reading Heritage Fair
In today's edition of the Vancouver Courier, an edition featuring all sorts of stories about Grandview, there are two articles about the Group. One tells the tale of the restoration of the Shelly sign, and the other celebrates our 2013 City of Vancouver Heritage Award for Advocacy. Thanks to the Courier!
We had another full and fascinating meeting of the Group last night, welcoming a number of first-time visitors. We began with a series of celebrations and good news. We have received confirmation that the Group has been selected for an Award of Merit for Heritage Advocacy in the 2013 City of Vancouver Heritage Awards. The … Continue reading April Meeting Notes
Just a quick note to wish all of our readers a wonderful season! We have managed to get a lot done for Grandview Heritage in the last 12 months and we are looking forward to even more success in the New Year. Thanks for your interest and donations!
One of the items we are most proud of here at the Grandview Heritage Group is the unrivaled collection of historical photographs of the neighbourhood that we are happy to display as the Pictorial History of Grandview. But there must be many more, probably in family albums and personal collections. The history of Grandview overlaps … Continue reading Building Our History
We had an interesting meeting last night, spending a long time discussing how we can "incentivize" the retention of heritage-worthy buildings, both in the residential and commercial districts of Grandview. James Evans noted that he had recovered a copy of the Toronto Post dated 25th January 1906 from his renovation of the Jeffs House. The … Continue reading Miscellanea