Get Hands-On with Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Old School Courses


Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity promoting the appreciation and conservation of our city’s historic places for current and future generations
1909 Map of Vancouver by Pambrun, Williams and Co. (Vancouver, B.C.)

Want to be a history detective? Wonder how zoning has helped preserve Kitsilano’s heritage homes? Interested in learning practical skills for maintaining older buildings? VHF has been offering courses and workshops for those interested in understanding and maintaining older buildings since 2009. Throughout November we have three great ways to get hands-on with Vancouver history and heritage.

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
Tuesday November 14th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut Street
Register here: $20

Learn essential tips and tricks for researching the history of a building, with Historian and Author, John Atkin, using a Strathcona home as a case study. Followed by a tour through the City of Vancouver Archives holdings and resources with one of the archivists.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LUs AIBC

Neighbourhood Zoning WalkKitsilano
Saturday November 25th, 1pm – 3pm
Register here: $30

Learn how Kitsilano’s strong heritage character is being preserved using zoning bylaws. Join Historian and Author, John Atkin, for a rain or shine walk through the area with stops at key sites. As part of the Old School program, this walk will focus on the regulatory environment and how it impacts heritage. Please note the meeting point will be provided to registrants.
This walk earns 2 Core LUs AIBC

Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces
Tuesday November 28th, 6pm – 8pm
Pemberton Paint Centre (Benjamin Moore), 105 – 610 SE Marine Drive
Register here: $25

Original interior wood features are part of the beautiful character of many older homes, but removing years of paint can be intimidating. Join us to learn from Master Painter, Colin Griffinson, on how to reveal the original luster of painted wood trim, restore functionality to painted doors and windows and remove generations of paint from interior wood such as panelling and railings. You’ll gain practical advice in the most effective methods to remove paint and prepare older wood for restoration.