VHF’s Heritage Conservation courses teach homeowners, building owners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings and heritage sites. Formerly known as Old School, these courses and workshops 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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Historic Colour Analysis using the True Colours Palette

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Roedde House, 1415 Barclay St
$35+tax

Are you interesting in learning about how to find historically authentic paint schemes for heritage homes in Vancouver? Join heritage consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin for a hands-on workshop at Roedde House to learn how colours were used in Vancouver c.1890s-1920s and the sometimes surprising sources that influenced colour choices in those days. They will delve into how paint analyses are conducted and share how to determine historically authentic paint schemes for heritage homes in Vancouver. Participants will get the chance to examine a variety of siding and shingle samples from historic buildings to see the many layers of paint and to attempt to discern what the first colour was. There will be time to discuss our observations and answer questions, and participants will also have the opportunity to explore the museum and enjoy tea and cookies.

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

About the Speakers

A professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Elana Zysblat is an accomplished, award-winning heritage consultant and educational program developer with expertise in heritage conservation, cultural tourism and community engagement (formerly the Programming Director with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation (2008 to 2011)), Elana is an independent heritage consultant with Ance Building Services, a Vancouver-based firm which practices across BC. Amongst her diverse activities, Elana teaches workshops for Heritage BC, supports municipalities without heritage planners, and evaluates and guides the conservation of historic sites around the province. She is currently President of the BC Association of Heritage Professionals and a director with the Friends of the Vancouver Archives.

John Atkin is a civic historian, author and heritage consultant. He offers an interesting and offbeat insight into the city’s architecture, history and neighbourhoods through a series of unique and popular walking tours. These combine his interests in urban planning and development, a love of architecture and a fascination for the curious.

Virtual Steps for Sustainability Recordings

Online
$15+tax

Are you a homeowner looking to improve the energy performance of your character or heritage home? Learn about common issues, best practices, and available grants and resources with our informative virtual Steps for Sustainability sessions hosted by industry professionals.

Recordings from past VHF Steps for Sustainability sessions are available for purchase. A link will be sent for each virtual event following your purchase and the video will be available for viewing on YouTube up to a month after your purchase.

Heritage Conservation Education Program Opportunities

For students: Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are available for Heritage Conservation workshops and courses. 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 are self-reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

VHF’s Heritage Conservation Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up for one and see why!

Heritage Conservation Certificate

Requirements to receive this certificate include:

  • Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • 15 additional elective credits
  • A house tour or 3 walking tours

Heritage Hour talks and Heritage Lunch and Learns qualify for 1 credit each, to a maximum of 3 credits. Virtual strolls do not qualify for the walking tour requirement.

Completion of the certificate can take several years depending on courses schedules. Courses vary each year and some courses and tours are no longer offered. All courses are offered by heritage professionals working in the fields of architecture, trades & construction, heritage conservation, planning, landscaping and related professions.

For more information, please email VHF Program Manager at sarah@vancouverheritagefoundation.org.

Past Workshops and Courses

  • March 23 – Researching the History of a Building Online
  • May 2 – Planning a Heritage Garden
  • August 13 – Mid-Century Modern Photography Workshop & Tour at UBC
  • November 5 & 8 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • March 30 – Drafting a Statement of Significance
  • October 16 & 19  – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • November 6 – Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan
  • November 25 – Steps for Sustainability: Heat Pumps
  • February 21 – Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Restoration
  • February 29 – Professional Historical Colours Analysis Workshop
  • May 21 – Planning a Heritage Garden Webinar
  • June 10 – Researching the History of a Building Online
  • November 21 & 26 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • March 2 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • March 16 – Maintenance and Repair of Wood Windows
  • May 2 – Planning a Heritage Garden
  • November 6 – Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan
  • November 21 – Researching the History of a Building at Aberthau Mansion
  • March 13 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • April 14 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • April 28 – Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop
  • May 1 – Electrical Safety in Older Buildings
  • November 13 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • November 20 – The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation – and What It Means for You
  • March 4 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • April 2 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today’s Chinatown
  • April 5 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • April 8 – Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows
  • April 11 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • May 13 – Masonry Workshop
  • November 25 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Kitsilano
  • November 28 – Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces
  • February 23 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • March 1 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 5 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • April 24 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy
  • October 15 – Drafting a Statement of Significance
  • October 25 – Navigating City Hall
  • October 29 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park
  • November 22 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 11 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • March 18 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 28 – Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion
  • April 25 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • May 9 – Wood Window Restoration and Repair
  • November 3 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • November 14 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant
  • November 19 – Drafting a Conservation Plan
  • November 25 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • February 26 – & March 5 – Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • February 27 – Historic Paint Schemes
  • April 1 – Researching at the Library
  • April 2 – Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings
  • April 5 – Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk: Strathcona
  • April 8 – Researching at the Archives
  • April 9 – Interior Wood Paint Stripping
  • May 21 – Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona
  • October 1 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • October 8 – Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives
  • October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood
  • November 19 – Knob & Tube Electrical