Heritage Pop-Up at the Perch

Free lunch time events!

Free public installation and walking tours

July 24 and 29, and August 7, 14 and 21
12pm – 1:30pm
At the foot of Hornby Street at West Hastings Street


This summer we will be exploring the history and impressive architectural heritage of Vancouver’s downtown core with our fun, free and interactive public installation “History Line”. We’ve adapted an authentic mid-century telephone to tell the story of the area using short audio clips. Each event will feature a different theme and the phone will play a new clip. To set the stage we will also be creating a mid-century styled office right in the park, complete with era-appropriate furniture! We invite you to stop by on your lunch break, hear some history and take some fun photos to share with friends. Please note this event is weather dependent. In the case of inclement weather please check back here and on our social media accounts for up to date information.

To complement the installation, historical researcher Christine Hagemoen will lead short 30-minute walking tours of the area. The walks will touch on various themes in the history of the area from its early development as a residential area to financial district, and key historical events along the way. Sign-up for these free tours begins at 12pm at the park,. We will have space for 20 people only per tour. Walking tours are from 12:30pm – 1pm.

Thank you to historian consultant Michael Kluckner and sound engineer James Graham. Voice work by Michael Kluckner and VHF.

About Christine Hagemoen

Christine Hagemoen is a Mount Pleasant-based historical researcher, writer, photographer and blogger. A self-identified flâneuse, she is constantly looking around her city and discovering things she wants to know more about. Christine loves delving into Vancouver’s history to uncover the untold or long forgotten stories of the people and places of this region. She is an active member of the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group, which was recently awarded a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit.

Feature image adapted from a 1952 American Telephone and Telegraph Co. advertisement.