Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings

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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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Spring 2017

Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today’s Chinatown
Sunday April 2, 10am – 12pm
$30
Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.
Vancouver’s Chinatown, like many in North America, is facing challenges from changing demographics, shopping habits and pressure from an expanding city. On this walk with Author and Historian, John Atkin, we will explore heritage bylaws, existing zoning and some proposed revisions, along with some of the city’s initiatives, all with the aim of maintaining an active and vibrant district.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LU’s AIBC

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
Wednesday April 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St
Register Here $20
Learn the finer details of researching a building or site from Author and Historian, John Atkin. After a presentation using a Strathcona heritage home as a case study with John, participants will be guided through the resources at the Archives by staff.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LU’s AIBC

Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows
Saturday April 8, 9am – 5pm
Mission to Seafarers, 401 E Waterfront Rd
Register Here $100
This demonstration and hands-on workshop will cover all aspects of double-hung, traditional wood windows. Taught by Vintage Woodworks founder, Jim Stiven, you will learn how to loosen painted-shut windows, remove sash, replace broken sash cord, cut, install and putty replacement glass lites, how to properly paint windows, and everything about maintaining windows including weather stripping, storm windows and hardware.
This course earns 6.5 Core LU’s AIBC

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
Tuesday April 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
VPL Central Library, Special Collections – 350 W Georgia St – 7th Floor
Free, registration required
Learn about the maps, photos, newspapers, directories and other holdings in Special Collections, and how many of them are available in digitized format online. The two Researching courses are highly recommended as a pair, as the Archives and Special Collections have some similar and many different holdings.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LU’s AIBC

Masonry Workshop 
Saturday May 13, 9am – 12pm 
Mission to Seafarers, 401 E Waterfront Rd
Register Here $40
Part one of the workshop will be a presentation about historic masonry, repair and maintenance with Heritage Consultant, Architect and Engineer, Barry McGinn. This will be followed by a masonry demonstration by Bobby Skujins, of Dunbar Masonry. 


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!

 


2017 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

Mar 4 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

2016 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

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 (click to view)

Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver ArchivesNov 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 (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