Who We Are
We are a collection of Mount Pleasant residents, local historians and other interested people working to identify, preserve and celebrate the built, natural, cultural & industrial heritage of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. We grew out of community connections formed during the City’s community planning workshops (resulting in the 2010 Mount Pleasant Community Plan) and the subsequent Implementation Committee (resulting in the 2013 Implementation Package). Out of these connections came the 2013 Heritage Lounge at the MPBIA’s Autumn Shift Festival and, with encouragement from the Grandview Heritage Group, the formation of the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group.
City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit
In 2019, Mount Pleasant Heritage Group won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award!
Our City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit was awarded to MPHG recognizing our “efforts in raising and promoting public appreciation of both the neighbourhood’s history and the resources within the community as it contributes to education and awareness.”
The image used by the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group on our blog and published information is an artwork of the 1889 James Black Residence, formerly referred to as the Lindsay Residence. It is a Victorian building at East Sixth Avenue and is possibly the oldest house outside of the downtown. It was referred to by Heritage Vancouver as “the old monarch”, who wrote that “Clues to her former glory are still visible, including triple-assembly windows, and a shingled main gable with lunette window and original fascia details.”
The magical rendition of this historic residence was done by Erin Pasternak of the Gropp’s Gallery Collective. They used it as a meeting and exhibition space from February 2008 until October 2014. The residence is currently home to the James Black Gallery.