Upcoming MPHG Meeting June 6th, 2016

Please join us Monday, June 6th, at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include:

a presentation by Lauren Lee, a grade five resident of the neighbourhood, entitled “My Mount Pleasant: A History of Vancouver’s First Suburb.” Lauren put this together for the BC Heritage Fairs

-a warm up to the next Heritage Vancouver’s Shaping Vancouver Conversation, What Do I Want From My Street? Change Is Coming To Cambie, Main, Fraser. We will feature an in-depth presentation on Old Mount Pleasant Village (many of its buildings still exist) as well as consider Main Street’s central role in the neighbourhood’s vibrant street life and gathering spaces

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage. Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting April 25th, 2016

Please join us Monday, April 25th at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include:

-a reveal of a new project aimed at promoting heritage to kids as well as engaging our Mount Pleasant artists

-special guest presenter David Vertesi via Skype, who will tell us about the Main Street Mural Project…Who, What, When, Where, Why

-a look at small town heritage in the prairie town of Lethbridge

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage.  Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

 

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting February 1st, 2016

Please join us Monday, February 1st at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include a preview of our Heritage Week 2016 project.  The theme this year is Distinctive Destinations:  Experience Historic Places and the dates are February 15th-21st.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage.  Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116

 

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting December 7th, 2015

Please join us Monday, December 7th at 7 pm for our first meeting since September’s Heritage Lounge at the Autumn Shift Festival.

The agenda will include a presentation of the Heritage Register Upgrade Package we sent to the City’s Heritage Action Plan Team, in addition to the full list of recipients of our 2015 Treasured Buildings signs.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage and history. Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

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Notes From Michael Kluckner’s ‘Brief Overview of Heritage Policy’

We had a good turnout for Michael’s presentation, there was lively discussion along the way and lots of questions at the end.

Michael touched on the development of heritage policy with its beginnings in 1974, when the Barrett provincial government enacted legislation amending the Vancouver Charter and allowing the city council to designate heritage buildings. This was in response to the outcry over the demolition of the Birks Building and is when buildings like the Hotel Vancouver, Marine Building and HBC Store were designated. He mentioned how the Bennett provincial government that followed enacted new legislation that suggested owners of buildings might be entitled to compensation if a heritage designation reduced the value of their properties. It has been under this constraint that the city’s Heritage Management Plan (first adopted in 1986) has needed to operate and develop its system of incentives and protective measures.

Michael explained the scoring system that is used to give buildings an A, B or C on the Vancouver Heritage Register and that being on the register is not a guarantee of protection. But it is the first step to becoming eligible to receiving a designation and he detailed the process of creating a Statement of Significance which is needed to get on the register.

He referred to the city’s current Heritage Action Plan, which is a review of how heritage conservation is managed and its recent public nomination process for new additions to the Vancouver Heritage Register.  Anyone can nominate a site and the deadline is Monday, September 14, 2015. For more information about the Heritage Action Plan check out the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and for a more detailed but immensely readable discussion of heritage policy see the Introduction of Michael’s 2012 book Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years.

A big thank you to Michael for volunteering his time to make this presentation at our June 1st monthly meeting; everyone found it very interesting and informative.

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Special Presentation by Michael Kluckner at Our Upcoming June 1st Meeting

Please join us for a special presentation at our next monthly meeting Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 7 pm.

Michael Kluckner, writer, artist/illustrator and author of a number of books on Vancouver’s history and heritage and planning issues will give A Brief Overview of Heritage Policy . Michael was the founding president of the Heritage Vancouver Society and is the current president of the Vancouver Historical Society. He is a member of the Vancouver Heritage Commission and Grandview Heritage Group. His most recent book is Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years (2012).

With the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Action Plan in full swing Michael’s talk is very timely.

Check out Michael’s blog here.

We meet at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

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MOUNT PLEASANTRIES about the neighbourhood’s early days

Please join us for a discussion about Mount Pleasant’s early history at our next MPHG meeting this Monday, April 13th at 7 pm.  We will use our Mount Pleasantries as a guide.  They are based on the Mount Pleasant Historic Context Statement written by Bruce Macdonald for Donald Luxton & Associates and the City of Vancouver.  The Statement is a history of Mount Pleasant written in 2008 as part of the process of creating the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

Photo for #8 City of Vancouver Archives: SGN 1026
Photo for #9 City of Vancouver Archives: Str P270.05
Photo for #10 City of Vancouver Archives: Dist P 18
All Major Matthews Collection

Our agenda is open and will also include updates on other MPHG projects including our Treasured Buildings Sign Project.

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116

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Tales From Main Street and Other Notes from the March 2nd Meeting

 

*We received an enthusiastic response to our Heritage Week project celebrating “Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community”.  Thirty-eight local businesses along Main Street between 3rd and 16th Avenues hung up signs in their windows.  We went through photos of each of the window signs as Danielle Peacock and Jen Chernecki shared tales they heard while delivering the signs.
Here are three:
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One of the servers at the Foundation Restaurant recounted that an elderly woman in her 90s had recently been in to celebrate her birthday and vowed to be back for her 100th.  The building was important to her because she had worked there years before selling shoes.  Clapp’s Shoe Store first opened at 2301 Main Street in 1913 and is listed in the City Directories up until 1960.  This photo of its window display was taken by Leonard Frank in 1939.
Clapp's Shoe Store, 2301 Main Street, 1939 Photo Courtesy of VPL: photo #15950 Photographer: Leonard Frank

Clapp’s Shoe Store, 2301 Main Street, 1939
Photo Courtesy of VPL: photo #15950
Photographer: Leonard Frank

Here is what the streetscape looked like in 1908.
Shops along the west side of Main Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, 1908 Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives: Dist P140 Major Matthews Collection

Shops along the west side of Main Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, 1908
Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives: Dist P140
Major Matthews Collection

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Justis Morginn, the owner of the Denman Bike Shop, is a heritage enthusiast and already knew that the Mason Block at Main and 10th was built between 1905-07.  He dug up this old photo of Main Street
Main Street & 10th Avenue, 1907 Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives: Dist P142 Major Matthews Collection

Main Street & 10th Avenue, 1907
Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives: Dist P142, Major Matthews Collection

and even made his own version of our Treasured Buildings Sign.
Justis Denman Bikes Sign
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Dave Wong, who has owned the Dairy Queen at Main and 13th since 1987, has a deep connection to Mount Pleasant.  He grew up in the neighbourhood and went to the Dairy Queen as a child.  His parents owned Custom Cleaners & Laundry Ltd. at 2932 Main Street in the 1960s and 70s.  This photo shows the strip along Main around the time Dave was going there in his younger days.
East side of Main St at 13th Ave, c 1965-1980 Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives: CVA - 780-231

East side of Main St at 13th Ave, c 1965-1980
Photo Courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives:
CVA – 780-231

Dairy Queen is changing their look and this photo was taken just a couple of days before the red awning was removed.
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*Alyssa Myshok showed photos of potential nominations for our Treasured Buildings 2015 Sign Project from the southwest quadrant of the neighbourhood.
Due to Easter our next meeting is slated for Monday, April 13th, 7 pm at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.
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Upcoming MPHG Meeting Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Please join us Monday, March 2nd at 7 pm and hear tales about our cherished Main Street buildings told to us during our Heritage Week project celebrating “Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community.”

The agenda is open and will also include updates on other MPHG projects.

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

Notes from the February 2nd, 2015 Meeting:

*Danielle Peacock reported that Mrs. Jessie Pierce, listed in 1910 as the Owner/Architect of 2350 Prince Albert Street (one of our Treasured Buildings recipients) and the three houses beside it, is also listed as the Owner/Architect on the building permit for 1437 East 13th Avenue.  The permit, dated 1911-10-09, describes the building as a “Frame d house”, with “Builder:  Peter Watson, Value:  $1,900.00”.  Danielle mentioned two workshops being presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation about Researching the History of a Building.  For more info check here .

*Lynn Warwick, from the MPBIA, met with us and we hatched a plan to celebrate Heritage Week’s 2015 theme “Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community” that included many of our local Main Street businesses and their cherished old buildings.

*Joanna Karczmarek, coordinator of the Mount Pleasant Community Heritage Project (144 East 6th Avenue), sent her thanks and said that Laura Lamb’s email, written on behalf of the MPHG and encouraging support for the project, had prompted a wave of Community Feedback Forms for the Statement of Significance.  Thanks to everyone who submitted a form.

*We began nominating buildings for this year’s Treasured Buildings Sign Project.

 

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Please join us tonight at 7 pm for our next regular meeting, which will take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116

The agenda is open and will include:

*New information gathered on our Treasured Buildings since the profiles were posted on the website.  We will discuss how to do more in-depth investigations.  One of the group’s questions – who  was Mrs. Jessie Pierce?  She is listed in 1910 as the Owner/Architect on the building permits of not only 2350 Prince Albert Street, one of our sign recipients, but also of the three houses beside it.   She appears to be one of Vancouver’s early developers.

*Heritage Week in BC occurs from February 16th – 22nd.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community”.  How can the Main Street Business in Mount Pleasant join in on this Heritage Celebration?

*Project List:

-MP Treasured Buildings – getting this year’s process underway.

-Heritage Lounge – women of Mount Pleasant’s past as a feature board.

-Short Video profiling Mr. Bob Butler, an employee of the Mount Pleasant Optometry Centre who has been there since it opened in 1950.

*Update on our website development.

*Update on the Mount Pleasant Community Heritage Project (144 East 6th Avenue).

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