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Vancouver Heritage Award winners represent excellence in preservation projects

April 25 2017

The James Residence at 587 West King Edward Avenue received a 2017 Vancouver Heritage Award for the high degree of retention and thoughtful restoration of the one-of-a-kind and beloved city landmark

Outstanding efforts to preserve Vancouver's heritage were recognized last night at the 2017 Vancouver Heritage Awards ceremony.

The awards acknowledge projects and special accomplishments that range from restoration and rehabilitation of buildings, features, or sites to work that promotes heritage conservation, public education, advocacy, and awareness in Vancouver.

Award recipients were recognized in five categories: lifetime achievement, honour, merit, recognition, and the People's Choice.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Stiven, in recognition of his substantial contribution to heritage conservation in BC through his lengthy career as a leader, expert, practitioner, advocate, and educator in the field of historic window conservation

Awards of Honour

Shannon Estate at 7101-7201 Granville Street, for the conservation of the Shannon Mansion and its interiors, along with the coach house, gate house, Italian garden and the property's perimeter wall

Recipients: Wall Financial Corporation, Perkins + Will Architects, Robert Lemon Architect, Durante Kruek Landscape Architects, Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers

Tamura House at 390 Powell Street, for the restoration and replication of the exterior metal work and the rehabilitated storefronts and façades in the original Japanese district

Recipients: Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Ltd., Ameresco Canada, Donald Luxton and Associates, McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., BC Housing

James Residence at 587 West King Edward Avenue, for the retention and restoration of the one-of-a-kind city landmark often known as the Hobbit House

Recipients: DT5 Developments Ltd., Donald Luxton and Associates, W.T. Leung Architects Inc.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Site Finder, for the creation of an online, interactive map of the 2,200 sites on the Vancouver Heritage Register

Recipients: Vancouver Heritage Foundation, SplitMango Media Inc.

Awards of Merit

Irving Hotel at 101 East Hastings Street, for the restoration of the exterior and the replication of the hotel's neon sign

Recipients: Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Ltd., Ameresco Canada, Donald Luxton and Associates, McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., BC Housing

Molson's Bank at 166 East Hastings Street, for the restoration of the brick work and terra cotta, including the restoration of interior elements

Recipients: Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Ltd., Ameresco Canada, Donald Luxton and Associates, McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., BC Housing

Cordova Residence at 54-56 East Cordova Street, for the restoration of the exterior, fire escape, and partial interior restoration which included the hand-operated horse elevator

Recipients: Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Ltd., Ameresco Canada, Donald Luxton and Associates, McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., BC Housing

Walter and Mary Chan House at 658 Keefer Street, for the rehabilitation of this culturally significant site in Strathcona

Recipients: Lawrence Chan and Suelina Quan, Reinhardt Residential Construction Ltd., Chiu Hippman Engineering, Practice Design + Research Inc.

Nikkei Stories, for a series of online videos on notable Japanese Canadians, which make the history of the Nikkei accessible and engaging

Recipients: Gordon McLennan - Orbit Films, Greg Masuda, Linda Kawamoto Reid

Awards of Recognition

Jewish Cemetery in Mountain View Cemetery at 5455 Fraser Street, for the community-led restoration and rehabilitation of the Jewish Cemetery

Recipients: Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board, Pechet Studio, JB Newall Memorials Ltd., Mountain View Cemetery - City of Vancouver

Jade Water Pavilion in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall Street, for the seismic, structural upgrades in the restoration and conservation of the Pavilion

Recipients: City of Vancouver Real Estate Services, McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., Parkwood Construction, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Hazelwood Hotel at 344 East Hastings Street, for the restoration and reinstatement of lost architectural detail, including the ground floor storefronts

Recipients: Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Ltd., Ameresco Canada, Donald Luxton and Associates; McGinn Engineering and Preservation Ltd., BC Housing

Quadra Club at 1021 West Hastings Street, for the retention and detailed restoration of the façade

Recipients: Oxford Properties Group, Kohn Peterson Fox and MCM Partners, Robert Lemon Architect, Ledcor Construction Ltd.

Christ Church at 690 Burrard Street, for the contribution to the community of the significant seismic upgrade and contemporary bell tower

Recipients: Christ Church Cathedral, Proscenium Architecture + Interiors, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Iredale Partnership

Normal School in City Square at 501 West 12th Avenue, for the restoration of the entrance, including a comprehensive seismic upgrade

Recipients: City Square Property Holdings Inc., Kate Robertson/Jonathan Ehling Architects, Donald Luxton and Associates, Van Den Kerkhof and Sons Masonry

Thomas and Jessie Crawford House at 826 East Georgia Street, for the restoration and rehabilitation of the house and its contribution to the ongoing revitalization of Strathcona

Recipients: Ance Building Services, Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc., Birmingham and Wood Architects

729-733-739 Campbell Avenue, for the restoration and rehabilitation of two houses made possible by the inclusion of modern infill and contributing to the ongoing revitalization of Strathcona

Recipients: Ance Building Services, Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc., Birmingham and Wood Architects

1938 Ferndale Street, for the reinstatement of the front porch, which has made a positive contribution the community

Recipients: Veronika Bernadis, Bruno Bernardis

BC Mills House at 1860 Grant Street, for the restoration and rehabilitation of the house and its contribution to the ongoing revitalization of the Grandview neighbourhood

Recipients: Alix Noble and Isaac Marshall, Ance Building Services, Jeff Allester Engineering, Birmingham and Wood Architects

3500 Willow Street, for the reinstatement of the front porch and measures to improve the energy efficiency while respecting the heritage house

Recipients: Anne and Soren Gantt, Quinton Construction, Green City Solutions, Vancouver Heritage Foundation

People's Choice Awards

These awards were selected through public online nominations and voting.

Jack Chow Building at 8 West Pender Street, for the restoration and revitalization of what is often regarded as the thinnest building in the world

Mah Society of Canada at 137 East Pender Street, for the renovation to stabilize it with exterior and structural repairs and vital system upgrades

Get details and images of the winning projects

The Vancouver Heritage Awards are presented every other year and winners are selected by a jury that includes three members of the Vancouver Heritage Commission and two members of the public. Projects must have been completed within the last six years.