Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings

Next Up: The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation

Old School courses teach homeowners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.

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Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library Special Collections Re-opening
Tuesday, November 13 6:00 – 8:30pm
Vancouver Public Library Special Collections Department (350 W Georgia St, 7th Floor)
Free, registration required
*Please note that this workshop is at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please email or phone 604-264-9642.

Join VHF to explore the Vancouver Public Library’s Special Collections, re-opened after being closed for upgrades for 14 months. Timothy McMillan, Assistant Manager of Information Services, will give a private tour of the new facilities, followed by a workshop on making the most of the Special Collections resources.

The VPL maintains the Northwest History Collection, a selection of materials from BC and the Northwest Coast. The collection includes directories for BC communities dating to the 1800s, books, periodicals, early BC newspapers on microfilm, maps, pamphlets and ephemera, as well as historical Canadian literary works, children’s books and over 250,000 historical photographs.

In this course you’ll learn essential tips and tricks for discovering the important and fascinating history of your home or building, whether for interest or gathering information for restoration projects and maintenance plans. The event will end at 8:00pm, however, for those of you who would like to put your learnings into action, the Special Collections will be open for a further 30 minutes for private study.

This event earns 2.5 Non-core LUs AIBC

The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation – and What It Means for You
Tuesday, November 20 6:30 – 8:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre – Room B (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Register here, $20

The Heritage Register is a key tool in the City of Vancouver’s heritage conservation program, providing formal recognition of heritage value, and potential access to a range of options intended to assist owners in preserving historic places. Legal protection goes a step further to secure the future of a site. But on a practical level, what does it mean to be on the Heritage Register or to legally protect a property? How does the City decide what should be on the Register and how does it affect the home and building owners who look after these historic sites?

If you’re trying to get your head around these questions, join Heritage Consultant, Donald Luxton, for a presentation and an informal discussion surrounding this topic. Bring your questions!

This event earns 2 Non-core LUs AIBC


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS
All workshops qualify for Professional Development Credits: most qualify for Core Learning Units. 1 Credit is assigned for each hour of instructor time. Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. Shorter courses like Researching qualify for 2 Core LUs. All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

Earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here.

Old School Courses for Building Conservation won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up and see why!

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2018 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

Mar 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Apr 14 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

April 28 - Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop

May 1 - Electrical Safety in Older Buildings


2017 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 28 - Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces

Nov 25 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Kitsilano

May 13 - Masonry Workshop

Apr 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Apr 8 - Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows

Apr 5 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Apr 2 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today's Chinatown

Mar 4 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

2016 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 22 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Oct 29 -  Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park

Oct 25 - Navigating City Hall

Oct 15 - Drafting a Statement of Significance

Apr 24 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy

Mar 5 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

Mar 1  - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Feb 23 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2015 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Nov 19 - Drafting a Conservation Plan

Nov 14 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant

Nov 3 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 9 - Wood Window Restoration and Repair

April 25 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

March 28 - Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

March 18 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

March 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2014 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

November 19 - Knob & Tube Electrical

October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood

October 8 - Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives

October 1 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 21 - Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona

April 9 - Interior Wood Paint Stripping

April 8 - Researching at the Archives

April 5 - Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk: Strathcona

April 2 - Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings

April 1 - Researching at the Library

February 26 - & March 5 - Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

February 27 - Historic Paint Schemes