Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: Music in Heritage Homes Thursdays + Places That Matter


The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.
The Hanning House: English Arts and Crafts, c. 1911, credited to Sharp & Thompson, Vancouver Heritage Register Status: “B” (M) (H)

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Vancouver’s own Borealis String Quartet have teamed up to present an exclusive fundraiser series of Thursday afternoon concerts: think sublime music in a private historic home with a delicious high tea reception. 3 unique concerts in 3 heritage homes in Vancouver!

Join us this Thursday, September 27th from 1-4pm  in a stunning 1911 Arts and Crafts house with a view. The Borealis String Quartet will perform the Zhee-i Lee Taiwanese Folk Song Suite and Beethoven String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3. To purchase your tickets for this Thursday, or 2 more concerts in October,  call the Vancouver Heritage Foundation at 604-264-9642.

A little bit about the house: Slated for demolition just three years ago, and at the time considered a possible candidate for relocation to become the PNE prize home, this lovely Arts and Crafts home  instead went through a restoration, with a compatibly designed duplex built adjacent to the south. The building was raised by almost two feet to allow for a basement suite but otherwise the original quirks and heritage features were left untouched. These changes were made as part of a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the City. Careful restoration work to the interior and exterior have been made and period touches such as wood-paneled walls,  leaded glass windows and half timbering can be found throughout. The house has changed hands several times over the years. John Cowdry built it for his daughter Mary in 1912 and she lived in the home with her husband Henry Hanning, a time-keeper for Armstrong Morrison Paving Co. on Granville Street.

Places That Matter: A musical connection~ Fridays, Out for Lunch Concert Series at the Vancouver Art Gallery

If you were lucky enough to attend plaque presentation No.2 on  December 16th 2011 in the gallery, you would have had a rousing Marcus Mosely gospel concert, and celebrated with over a hundred concert-goers, the No. 1 most voted site for Places That Matter.

Next time you’re at the Vancouver Art Gallery take a look inside, at the Hornby street entrance at the plaque which reads:

Created by Gene Ramsbottom as a Centennial Project for Vancouver’s birthday in 1986 the Out for Lunch concert series hosted and supported by the Vancouver Art Galley since its inception has brought  thousands of local and international musicians to the attention of Vancouver audiences.

Click here to check out the Sept-Dec 2012 concert listings  The Out for Lunch concert series is offered on selected Friday afternoons at 12:10 pm and is free with Gallery admission.