Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings

Next Up: Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop

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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2018 Old School Workshops

Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop
Saturday April 28th, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Strathcona Church, 431 Princess Ave
Register Here, $30
Join Heritage Consultant, Donald Luxton to discover the history of exterior painting of homes in Vancouver and how colour can enhance modern-day restorations.
Donald was involved in the development of Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s True Colours Palette in 1999, identifying many of the colours from the analysis of hundreds of buildings in Vancouver. He will talk about how paint was originally mixed on site, the evolution of paint technology and colours, and how paint was applied to different architectural styles in the late 19th and 20th centuries. He will also discuss the key points to consider when planning exterior painting and hiring a painting company.

    • Discover how to find the original colour palette of your building and how to use the historic colour palette as part of your restoration project
    • Understand how to prepare your exterior for a lasting finish and safety considerations when dealing with historic paint
    • Learn the dos and don’ts and what you should ask your painting contractor

This 3-hour workshop will be split into a presentation that will be followed by a visit to some nearby homes that showcase historic colours and their application. This workshop is geared towards homeowners and heritage professionals alike.
This course earns 3 Core LUs AIBC

Electrical Safety in Older Buildings
Tuesday May 1, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Multi-purpose Rm 1
Register Here, $25
Electrical systems of older homes and buildings can be an intimidating subject. However, does the discovery of knob-and-tube, aluminum wiring or 60-amp service really mean a re-wiring of the entire home? Brian Cook, founder and President of PowerCheck, leads this workshop, which will highlight key issues associated with various types of wiring and offer simple solutions to ensure the safety of older homes. Following the talk there will be time for an open discussion, giving participants an opportunity to ask questions.
This course earns 2 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


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