Heritage Pop-Up: Wednesdays at the Perch

Free lunch time heritage events!

July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 15 and 22
12pm – 1:30pm
At the foot of Hornby Street at West Hastings Street


This summer we will be celebrating the history and built heritage of Vancouver’s downtown core with a variety of pop-up exhibitions, live music and art. Join us at ‘The Perch’, the park at the foot of Hornby Street at West Hastings Street on select lunchtimes to explore through the decades. The events will highlight the architectural legacy of the area. The events are free and open to the public so stop by on your lunch break to learn about the fascinating history and outstanding architecture of Downtown Vancouver.

July 11 - 1890 - 1910s

Our series of heritage pop-up events begins July 11th with the pre-1910s. A lot happened in these years before and just after Vancouver became a city, including thousands of years of First Nations presence, the city's incorporation followed by the Great Fire shortly after, and then a surge in building as the area grew. Join us on your lunch break as we explore this era with a gallery of archival images, a musical trio including local fiddle-player Kathleen Nesbit, and a display of antique items from Spacelab Antiques.

July 18 - 1910s

The 1910s were a time of great growth in Vancouver with many significant downtown buildings constructed. See that growth through a a display of archival photographs  including some special panoramic images courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and some interesting artifacts from Spacelab Antiques. We'll also hear some swinging jazz from Benny and the Goodmen and artist Edward Juan will be illustrating a heritage map of Downtown Vancouver right before your eyes.

July 25 - 1920s

The Roaring 20s come to life with a musical duo including bassist Jen Hodge. Edward Juan returns to grow his illustrative map of Downtown Vancouver (started in 1910s week) and we'll have more archival images from the City of Vancouver Archives and artifacts from Spacelab Antiques.

August 8 - 1930s and 1940s

This tumultuous era included the Great Depression which had begun in the late 1920s, World War II and the post-war years. The rapid pace of development slowed and many partially begun buildings were left in the lurch. We'll explore Vancouver's transition in these years with archival images, antiques from Spacelab Antiques and bassist Jen Hodge and accompanist return. We will also check in with Artist Edward Juan and watch him work the final phase of his illustrated heritage map of the downtown area.

August 15 - 1950s and 1960s

Many innovative building techniques and architectural ideas began in this era that would change Vancouver's skyline forever. The vision of Modernism as well as "car culture" led to political turmoil in the city with the fight to stop a freeway from running through Strathcona and along the waterfront but also resulted in the massive project that resulted in the Granville Street Bridge. Songstress Krystle Dos Santos helps us explore the vibrant mid-century years with soul classics, and we'll have new archival images and antiques to see.

August 22 - 1970s and 1980s

The 1970s offered the tail end of Mid-Century Modern architectural movement, but the inspiration remained in technologies such as curtain-walls (long expanses of an uninterrupted material such as glass or stone) seen in so many glass buildings now. The 80s in Vancouver are likely best remembered for Expo '86, the world exposition that put the city on the map and transformed the north side of False Creek. Musical group the Hard Rock Miners highlight some of the great acts that toured through Vancouver in the 70s and 80s, and if you're feeling inspired, you may even get to sing along with the group! We'll also have images of the era, including some throwbacks from Expo '86, as well as some fun items from Spacelab Antiques.