Meet the people who maintain Vancouver’s heritage buildings (VIDEO)


While annual maintenance is not the most exciting topic, it is essential for keeping our beloved historic places in good repair so they can add to our city’s sustainability and vibrancy.


No matter how old, all buildings can benefit from regular maintenance, but since the topic can be rather dry, we created a short film, Maintaining History where we spoke with several owners and stewards of significant buildings. Spend a few moments with a heritage-listed home, the Walter and Mary Chan house in Strathcona and the iconic Marine Building to learn why our interviewees love them so much, and what they’re doing to keep them looking good and running well. You can also take away some insight on common challenges of caring for an aging building and discover useful tips and tricks to start making your own improvements.

A note about safety:

Please be sure to follow all safety precautions, use proper equipment and be prepared to contact a professional. Larger projects may also require permits.

If you would like more information on how to look after your heritage or older building, visit the Building Owner’s Guide section of our website, and while there be sure to check out the Get a Grant page to learn how you may be eligible for up to $7,500 in funding for heritage restoration and repair projects. We also recommend contacting a heritage consultant or contractor experienced with heritage homes to assist you with your project.