Past Special Projects

A selection of past Special projects

VHF is proud to offer innovative and diverse programming. Over the years we have had several projects that were short term by design. These Special Projects can be a great way to reach out to a new audience, or support a project that needs our help. Check out the fantastic past VHF projects that are not currently active.

Be sure to take a look at Special Projects we are currently working on.



ext Maxine'sRepeated by popular demand, VHF and JJ Bean Coffee Roasters have hosted 4 different Sunday Mornings around Vancouver including the Marine Building, Hinge Park and Maxine's Beauty School.  Each event included a bag of coffee, specialty drink and muffin from JJ Bean, a coffee tasting with JJ Bean owner and operator John Neate, and a talk about the renovation and history of each space with architects and historians.



photo 5In 2014, VHF partnered with various venues to explore Vancouver's brewing history in a fun event. Utilizing the brewpub's at Yaletwon Brewpub and Main Street Brewing Company in Brewery Creek both events offered tours of the surrounding neighbourhoods brewery history, tastings with their respective brewmasters and talks from local historians.






hinge park DSC_0244Heritage Week 2014's theme was 'Heritage Afloat'. February 17th was National Heritage Day encouraging citizens to have fun with heritage by celebrating “Places Made for Play.” VHF offered a host of events celebrating both of these themes including walking tours,  Places That Matter presentations and workshops on heritage maintenance at the Mission to Seafarers.



IMG_9123VHF compiled 4 nights of film that looked at everything from architects and the design process, to social housing and city planning. One evening was just on Vancouver featuring the famed story of the Asahi Baseball team during WWII and the Oscar nominated film shown during Expo 86. Film nights were admission and concession by donation, with proceeds supporting the research and design of a new historic Kitsilano map guide series.



salvage feature 2013 bathtubIn 2012 we had to give up our salvage storage space and move on from the salvage business. However we still promote architectural salvage because it promotes heritage conservation by preventing artifacts from either going to the landfill or sitting unloved in basements and garages. Whether looking for a replacement piece for your heritage home, or a unique element for a modern space, salvage celebrates our history.




CBC Wall - public art tour
In 2012 and 2013 VHF offered a Public Art Walking Tour with Art curator, writer, consultant and lecturer Rachel Lafo. On March 23, 2013 Rachel Lafo picked up where last year's art walk left off at the CBC Plaza to talk about The Wall art installation. The walk proceeded into Yaletown and down to the False Creek waterfront to visit public art along Marinaside Crescent, including Alan Storey's Coopers Mews, Jerry Pethick's Time Top, and Christos Dikeakos and Noel Best's Lookout, among others.




Borealis - past projects
In 2012 the VHF, in association with the Borealis String Quartet, presented a new concert series held over four afternoons in four different heritage houses, each was followed by a high tea reception. Attendees enjoyed the dynamic and world-class Borealis String Quartet in the fabulous heritage homes. These were fundraising events for VHF and Borealis String Quartet.





hot dog- past projects
A fantastic fundraising event for VHF, Hotdogs for Heritage was our version of a fun-filled day at the fair! There was great food, music, a beer garden, entertainment for children, a silent auction as well as architectural salvage for sale, all in the beautiful garden of former VHF Board Chair, Mollie Massie.



Kogawa - past projects
Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan, one of Canada's great classic novels, lived in a small house in Marpole until her family were relocated to the Slocan Valley as part of the internment of Japanese-Canadians during World War Two. In the mid-2000s, the Kogawa House was in danger of being demolished and therefore part of Vancouver's history would be lost. VHF worked with The Land Conservancy of BC to ensure that the house was saved. The TLC purchased the house in 2006 and have turned the house into a historic literary landmark and created a Writers in Residence program. In 2011, VHF was able to offer a Restore It! Grant to Kogawa House to assist with the cost of replacing the roof.


Leslie lanehouse - past projects
Once slated for demolition, the Victorian cottage on the lane behind Umberto's well-known Yellow House restaurant was donated by Mr Menghi to Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and renovated into a delightful urban home. At the beginning of July 2002, the Leslie Lane House house moved down Pacific Street and up onto its new site in the Mole Hill heritage neighbourhood. The move and subsequent restoration of the 1620 square foot house was a fundraising project of VHF.

The 1903 lane house behind the 1888 Victorian-style Leslie House at 1380 Hornby Street was one of the last remaining lane houses in the downtown area. It began life as a stable in 1901, then was framed in and finished in 1903 for Mr. George Leslie's daughter and son-in-law. It was subsequently occupied by a succession of tradespeople, including lathers, plasterers and carpenters, until the late 1940's when it became the home of Leslie Interiors, under the proprietorship of Miss Wilhelmine Meilicke. Through the 1970's the lane house was home to Olive and Mano Herendy who operated a couturier business. Many baby boomer brides can recall hours of wedding dress fittings here.

VHF Committee: Joost Bakker, Paul Becker, Dale McClanaghan, Diane Switzer.

Corporate Sponsors & Contributors: Umberto Menghi, City of Vancouver, Ramsay Worden Architects Ltd., Kindred Construction Ltd., Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang, John Bryson & Partners, Durante Kreuk Ltd., Vintage Woodworks, Benjamin Moore & Co. & Limited, Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Gardening Services Ltd., BC Hardwood Flooring Co. Ltd., GeoPacific Consultants Ltd., BC Building Science & Engineering Ltd., Macdonald Realty Ltd., Bruce James Contracting, BTY Group, Colliers International, Fred Lee & Associates, Bosch Appliances, Fraser Valley Brick & Block, James C. Johnstone.


NurseEleven feet high, modeled in terra cotta and dressed in First World War uniforms, the three "Sisters of Mercy" now mounted on the fifth floor of the Technology Enterprise Facility III building at the University of British Columbia were salvaged from the Medical - Dental Building at 925 West Georgia Street when it was demolished in 1989. Opened in 1929, the Medical - Dental Building was Vancouver's first comprehensive private sector medical facility, complete with its own operating room. It was the first pure Art Deco style structure in British Columbia, encrusted with terra cotta figures of medical, religious and mythological symbolism. A Vancouver landmark, it was the focus of an intense public preservation campaign. Although the battle to save the building was lost, Discovery Parks purchased and restored the salvaged terra cotta figures, with proceeds used to benefit Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

HERITAGE AND ANTIQUES FAIRheritage ant fair - past projects

The Heritage & Antiques Fair was a public awareness, education and fundraising event of VHF held for three years in 1999, 2001 and 2002. The Fair brought the interested public together with heritage and antiques related trades, professionals, organizations and suppliers for a weekend of demonstrations, seminars, exhibits and shopping. Over the three Fairs more than 10,000 people visited the event held in the historic Seaforth Armoury. On the eve of each Fair, Opening Benefit patrons got a sneak preview of the Fair amid glimmering antiques and unique restoration trades at a fundraising gala to benefit the granting and education programs of the Foundation.