It was another lively meeting last Thursday, with a wide range of topics discussed. After introductions, Eric took us through a 1967 Beaver Kit houses brochure. The brochure loudly proclaimed the use of Zonolite insulation which, today, is the cause of much asbestos distress for those seeking to renovate their older houses; We discussed the … Continue reading Meeting Notes: April 2018
We had another full house for the meeting yesterday evening, and as usual covered some fascinating topics. We began with a presentation from a group of residents concerned about a proposed 6-storey project in the 1500-block Grant Street (the presentation is covered in more detail here). There were many questions and responses seeking to clarify … Continue reading Notes From February Meeting
We had another great turnout for our first meeting of the year last night, and we managed to cover a great deal of ground. Eric began with his regular What's Happening in the Neighbourhood review The Cultch's Green House on Venables appears to be occupied now after an excellent program of renovation and restoration; The … Continue reading Meeting Notes: January 2017
Another good gathering last Thursday, and more fascinating discussions. We looked at various property assemblies being created in the south end of the neighbourhood; we also noted the falling state of the RE market; and then we were still surprised to find 1976 still priced at less than $1 million; There was a fine discussion … Continue reading Meeting Notes: November
We had another fine gathering this evening. There was a short agenda but we managed to fill the time with interesting discussions. Eric presented his latest Neighbouthood Update. Land assembly is going on around Broadway and Garden in preparation for the changes allowed under the new Community Plan Work is continuing on the Green House … Continue reading Meeting Notes: October
The neighbourhood's ghost sign at Via Tevere Ristorante on Victoria Drive at William is the subject of a Vancouver Historical Society lecture on Thursday, September 22nd. I will be talking about the discovery of the sign, its restoration by the Grandview Heritage Group in 2012 or was it 2013, and the advertising campaign the bakery … Continue reading Lecture about the Shelly’s 4X sign
Have a look at the plaque on the side of Via Tevere next to the preserved Shelly's advertisement. Steve Holmes has mounted a brand-new one. The original one, installed a couple of years ago when the sign was restored, had faded to white. We had installed a smaller one temporarily, but the new one is … Continue reading Brand new Shelly’s plaque up on side of Via Tevere
Once again we had a full house for our meeting on 19th February. We covered a lot of ground and had two very special visitors. Eric began the meeting by taking us through some of the changes in the neighbourhood that we have noticed over the past month or so. These included the sale of … Continue reading Notes To February Meeting
We had another full house for our monthly meeting on Thursday, and it was an interesting one. Eric Phillips continued his marvelous Mechanicals and Materials series, this time with a lively discussion of what and how to keep records of your house. Using his own home as an example, he talked about property records, such … Continue reading Notes To January Meeting
Excellent meeting last night with a number of new people in attendance, including two from Mount Pleasant who have been inspired to start a heritage group in their neighbourhood -- that's what we want to see all over the City! There were a number of interesting items on the agenda: We started with an announcement … Continue reading Meeting Notes: October
We had another great meeting last Thursday evening. We covered quite a lot of ground: It was noted that the 1921 Census of Canada is now available for scholars. At the moment it is made available via Ancestry.ca and a subsription membership is required. The current search engine dies not allow searches via addresses. Bruce … Continue reading Meeting Notes: August 2013
A good turnout of enthusiasts spent one of the hottest summer evenings last night in the cool of the Britannia Boardroom, discussing a wide range of heritage and historical topics: We began by patting ourselves on the back for the organization and success of the Shelly's Sign Party in June. Especial thanks were given to … Continue reading Meeting Notes: July 2013
Many thanks to Karen Reed for these images!
If you missed our street party at the Shelly's sign yesterday then you missed a wonderful event. Thanks to Ann Daskal the organizer, a good number of hard-working volunteers, and a helping hand from the rain which stayed away until after we had cleared up, this was a street party to remember. We had music … Continue reading The Sign Is Truly Celebrated!
We had another well-attended and very productive meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group last night, dealing with a wide range of matters: We reviewed the Heritage Fair and Car Free Day experiences. It was agreed that we met a lot of people at those events, answered a lot of questions and, hopefully, enthused a few … Continue reading Meeting Notes: June 20th
This Sunday at 3:00pm we will have a small ceremony at William and Victoria to dedicate a plaque that will signifiy our work in preserving the wonderful Shelly's 4X Sign on the outside wall of the Via Tevere restaurant. This small ceremony will take place during a street party in that same block where cake … Continue reading A Party To Celebrate The Sign
We had fantastic turnout for our May 16th meeting, filling up the Board Room at Britannia, and we also worked through an ambitious agenda. All the signs for our 2013 Centenary Campaign have been installed and we had a celebratory party in Grandview Park to acknowledge this year's signs and the homeowners who agreed to … Continue reading May 2013 Meeting Notes
Kudos all round for the completion of the project to restore the unique Shelly's sign on the side of Via Tevere restaurant at Victoria and William. The owners of the restaurant paid the lion's share of the costs; our Neighbourhood Small Grant will cover the balance of the materials costs, and we have money in … Continue reading Shelly’s 4X sign restored!
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
Nineteen people jammed the Britannia boardroom for our latest meeting, including first-timers, some of whom had been contacted about hosting a centenary sign on their front lawn. The highlight was Eric Phillips's excellent talk on the esoterica of knob and tube wiring, early electrical codes and how Grandview houses fitted seamlessly into the modern age … Continue reading Notes From The March Meeting