Old School Workshops & Courses

Next up - Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church

Old School courses teach homeowners, building owners 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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Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Restoration
Friday, February 21st, 4pm – 6pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1018 Nelson St
Register here, $85

Please note in order to attend the tour, participants must bring the following PPE: green triangle work boots, hard hat and reflective vest. This will not be provided for you and is required for everyone entering the site. A mandatory Health & Safety briefing will be provided.

Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a special professional education opportunity during Heritage Week to see first-hand the seismic upgrade and heritage restoration underway and learn about the project. St. Andrew’s-Wesley is a historic landmark church in downtown Vancouver, designed and constructed 1930-33. It is currently undergoing a full seismic upgrade and heritage restoration during a two-year closure. On this special Mid-Project Tour, we will visit inside the church and see the work in progress with project consultants, Donald Luxton FRAIC CAHP and Michael MacLean BSc, P.Eng., LEED AP O+M, CCCA.

Heritage Week runs February 17th to 23rd. The theme this year for this national recognition of cultural heritage and historic places is 2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future. Find information about other Heritage Week events here.

This tour earns 2 Core LUs AIBC.

This tour earns 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

Thank you to event partner St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

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This grand church is the masterwork of architects Twizell & Twizell, designed in a freely-adapted Gothic Revival style. The concrete construction is finished with Nelson Island granite with terracotta trim. It features 27 stained glass and 9 etched glass windows, a vaulted timber roof and two organs. Excellent acoustics make it a popular performance venue. The church is listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register in the A category and is a designated municipal heritage site. The current project will achieve a seismic upgrade of the structure to meet 100% of 2015 Vancouver Building By-Law requirements, as well as a new copper roof, stone flooring, and electrical, acoustic and lighting upgrades.

About the Presenters:

Donald Luxton, FRAIC CAHP, is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates, a leading heritage and cultural resource management consultancy in Vancouver.

Michael MacLean, BSc, P.Eng., LEED AP O+M, CCCA, is a Project Engineer with Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.


Professional Historical Colours Analysis Workshop
Saturday, February 29th, 9am – 5pm
Strathcona Church, 431 Princess Ave
Register here, $110

Join heritage consultant Donald Luxton to learn how to identify the original colour scheme of a house or building and develop appropriate heritage colour schemes. During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to visit two Strathcona houses for hands-on paint-sampling demonstrations. The workshop will cover the history of exterior colour in Vancouver, typical colour schemes, how to take and analyze paint samples, and how colour can enhance modern-day restorations.

This workshop earns 7 Core LUs AIBC.

This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate. 

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Donald was involved in the development of Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s True Colours Palette which launched in 1999, identifying many of the colours from the analysis of hundreds of buildings in Vancouver. An overview of the history of paint and colour on early Vancouver homes and buildings (1880s to 1920s) will include discussion of 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. Safety considerations when dealing with older paint will also be covered.

This full-day course is geared towards heritage professionals (architects, consultants and designers). On completion of this course, attendees will be awarded a certificate of completion. The course is a requirement to be considered qualified to conduct paint sampling and develop appropriate authentic colour schemes for homes and buildings participating in the VHF Heritage Conservation Grants Program. Successful completion of the workshop will enable you to identify and recommend authentic colour schemes for clients. The True Colours Historical Paint Palette and the techniques discussed are applicable across the region including for homes in Victoria and New Westminster.

This course will combine both indoor and outdoor teaching/learning components and will run rain or shine. Participants should be prepared for all weather conditions with appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing during the site visits.

About the instructor:

Donald Luxton, FRAIC CAHP, is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates, a leading heritage and cultural resource management consultancy in Vancouver. He has consulted on numerous heritage conservation projects over more than three decades. Donald is also an author and educator with several prestigious literary and heritage awards to his name.


Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
Saturday, April 25th, 9am – 5pm
St Mary’s Kerrisdale, 2490 W 37th Ave
Register here, $115 (includes a light lunch)

Taught by experienced heritage professionals, Heritage 101 is a comprehensive one-day workshop that provides an introduction to heritage conservation with broad relevance for owners, design and construction professionals, municipal staff and the interested public. Heritage Consultants Donald Luxton and Judy Oberlander, and City of Vancouver Senior Heritage Planner Zlatan Jankovic will explore the history of heritage conservation, the guiding charters and regulations, and the regulatory environment at City Hall. Important topics including why heritage conservation is significant both economically and culturally, and its impact on communities will be covered. As a case study, we will touch on the history of St Mary’s Church in Kerrisdale. Presentations on key topics, on-site visual observation exercises and group work will all be part of this collaborative experience with lots of discussion.

This workshop earns 7 Core LUs AIBC.

This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation.

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About the Instructors:
Donald Luxton is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates and has worked as heritage consultant on numerous projects over more than three decades. He is also an author and educator with several prestigious literary and heritage awards to his name. Judy Oberlander is a consultant who specializes in heritage conservation and cultural planning work. She has created community engagement & education programs across Canada in the public, private and non-profit sectors over the past 30 years. Zlatan Jankovic is Senior Heritage Planner at the City of Vancouver with over 15 years of experience with heritage projects, municipal policy and regulations including recent work on the Heritage Action Plan.

Planning a Heritage Garden
Thursday, May 21, 6pm – 8:30pm
Farris Room, University Women’s Club of Vancouver, 1489 McRae Ave
Register here, $45

The beauty of a heritage home is enhanced by well-planned gardens. Christine Allen, Author of ‘Gardens of Vancouver’, will show you how to design a heritage garden including an overview of traditional garden styles and how they were interpreted in early Vancouver. Christine will share recent examples of heritage houses complemented by their gardens, and discuss the plants used to create various effects. There will be time to work on ideas for your own project using a provided plant list. You are encouraged to bring photographs or sketches of problem areas for general discussion. This course will be relevant for anyone planning or developing a garden for a heritage or character home..

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About the Instructor:
Christine Allen is a Life Member of the Master Gardeners’ Association of B.C. and a former president of the Vancouver Rose Society. She has taught in Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s education program, and been a guest speaker at many garden clubs in B.C. and Washington. Christine is the author of several books including Roses for the Pacific Northwest and Gardens of Vancouver. Her most recent book is A Year at Killara Farm, an illustrated memoir of her garden in rural Langley.

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Old School Program Opportunities

For students: Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are now available for the spring Old School sessions. Learn more about the program here or email us if you are interested in attending.

Professional Development Credits: Most workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting - talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

VHF Heritage Conservation Certificate: You can receive this certificate by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here. You can also email harriet@vancouverheritagefoundation.org for more information.

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


2019 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

November 21 - Researching the History of a Building at Aberthau Mansion

November 6 - Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan

May 2 - Planning a Heritage Garden

March 16 - Maintenance and Repair of Wood Windows

March 2 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

2018 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

November 20 - The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation - and What It Means for You

November 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 1 - Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

April 28 - Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop

April 14 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

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

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