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.

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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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