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2017 Heritage Award winners

Heritage Award winners include architects, community organizations, developers, writers, artists, and ordinary citizens. We recognize recipients for their extraordinary work efforts to preserve our diverse heritage throughout Vancouver's neighbourhoods.

Browse the winners from 2017.

Award categories

  • Honour: Demonstrates an outstanding contribution to heritage conservation
  • Merit: Projects that make an important contribution, in whole or in part, to heritage conservation
  • Recognition: Acknowledges an accomplishment, project, or effort which contributes to heritage conservation

Lifetime Achievement Award

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Jim Stiven

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes Jim Stiven’s substantial contribution to the development, advancement, and practice of heritage conservation in BC through his lengthy career as a leader, expert, practitioner, advocate, and educator in the field of historic window conservation. Through the establishment of Vintage Woodworks over 30 years ago, and fostering the company to become the most specialized, consistent and capable local firm for the restoration and/or production of traditional wood windows,  Jim was able to broadcast and instill the notion that authentic windows are the “eyes” of heritage buildings and turn the importance of their conservation into one of the most vital trades in our local conservation economy. Jim’s expertise, persistence, and passion over his life and career have been influential in bringing on changes in both cultural approaches and policy that have encouraged and enabled the retention of heritage fabric on old buildings across this province.

Awards of honour

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Shannon Estate, 7101-7201 Granville Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the fine grained and detailed conservation of the Shannon Mansion and its interiors, along with the Coach House, Gate House, Italian garden and the property’s perimeter wall at 7101-7201 Granville Street.

  • Tamura House, 390 Powell Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the meticulous restoration and replication of the extraordinary exterior metal work including columns, rooftop parapets, cornices and other ornamentation, and the rehabilitated storefronts and facades on the prominently located Tamura House, 390 Powell Street, a significant cultural site in the original Japanese district.

  • James Residence, 587 West King Edward

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the high degree of retention and thoughtful restoration of the one-of-a-kind James Residence, 587 West King Edward, a beloved city landmark.

  • VHF Site Finder

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Site Finder, an online, interactive map of the 2200 sites on the Vancouver Heritage Register making the information accessible and visually engaging.

Awards of merit

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Irving Hotel, 101 East Hastings Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration of the exterior of the Irving Hotel, 101 East Hastings Street, including the storefronts, cornices and pediments along with the replication of the Irving Hotel neon sign.

  • Molsons Bank, 166 East Hastings Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration of the brick work and terra cotta of the Molson’s Bank, 166 East Hastings Street, including the restoration of interior elements.

  • Cordova Residence, 54-56 East Cordova Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration of the exterior of the Cordova Residence, 54-56 East Cordova Street, including the fire escape and the partial interior restoration which included the hand-operated horse elevator.

  • Walter and Mary Chan House, 658 Keefer Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the precise rehabilitation of the Walter and Mary Chan House, 658 Keefer Street, a culturally significant site in the Strathcona neighbourhood.

  • Nikkei Stories

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes Nikkei Stories - Powell Street, a series of short videos of notable Japanese Canadians accessible online and on mobile devices through site specific QR codes, for making the history of the Nikkei accessible and engaging.

Awards of recognition

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Jewish Cemetery – Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the community led restoration and rehabilitation of the Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street, a significant cultural heritage resource in Vancouver.

  • Jade Water Pavilion - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the careful and imperceptible seismic and structural upgrades in the restoration and conservation of the Jade Water Pavilion a significant component of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street.

  • Hazelwood Hotel, 344 East Hastings Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the exterior restoration and reinstatement of lost architectural detail, including the ground floor storefronts of the Hazelwood Hotel, 344 East Hastings Street.

  • Quadra Club, 1021 West Hastings Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the retention and detailed restoration of the façade of the Quadra Club, 1021 West Hastings Street.

  • Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the contribution to the community of the significant seismic upgrade and contemporary bell tower of Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street.

  • Normal School, City Square, 501 West 12th Avenue

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the careful restoration of the entrance to the Normal School, City Square, 501 West 12th Avenue, including the removal of unsympathetic repairs and providing a comprehensive seismic upgrade to this heritage school building.

  • Thomas & Jessie Crawford House, 826 East Georgia Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration and rehabilitation of the Thomas & Jessie Crawford House, 826 East Georgia Street and its contribution to the ongoing community revitalization of the historic Strathcona neighbourhood.

  • 729-733-739 Campbell Avenue

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration and rehabilitation of two heritage houses made possible by the inclusion of modern infill at 729-733-739 Campbell Ave, further contributing to the ongoing community revitalization of the historic Strathcona neighbourhood.

  • 1938 Ferndale Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the painstaking restoration efforts in the reinstatement of the front porch of 1938 Ferndale Street, a project which has made a positive contribution to the immediate community.

  • BC Mills House, 1860 Grant Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration and rehabilitation of a BC Mills Prefab house at 1860 Grant Street and its contribution to the ongoing community revitalization of the historic Grandview neighbourhood.

  • 3500 Willow Street

    By City of Vancouver

    This award recognizes the restoration efforts in the reinstatement of the front porch of 3500 Willow Street and the measures to improve the energy efficiency while respecting the fabric of the heritage house.

People's Choice Awards

By City of Vancouver

 

  • 8 West Pender Street - Sam Kee Building, 1913

    By City of Vancouver

    Fully restored and revitalized, the thinnest building in the world, and a Chinatown landmark and architectural marvel,  its rehabilitation was part of the celebration of its centennial. This included its distinctive gold embellished columns, the prominent "1913" on its parapet, its continuous bay-windows, its block-long illuminated glass sidewalk, and iconic twinkling neon sign for the public to enjoy.

  • 137 East Pender Street - Mah Society Building, 1913

    By City of Vancouver

    During this past year, this hybrid Chinese-Western styled building underwent exterior and structural repairs and vital system upgrades. The Mah Society is one of the Chinese Societies which have offered social programs for over a century, critical to the cultural legacy of Chinatown, while providing affordable housing for low-income residents. Its retention is important for the neighbourhood’s urban fabric, displaying community leadership in the ongoing revitalization of Chinatown.