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Historic Building Permits project

Architect? Cost? Date? Launched Nov 2011, our ongoing Vancouver Building Permits 1901-1921 database, currently contains 32,973 hand-transcribed searchable historic permits, with thanks to a Vancouver125 Grant for making the project launch possible. permits.heritagevancouver.org


Upcoming events

August 1, 2015: Tour - Granville & the Historic Commodore Ballroom


Tour: Downtown Granville & the Historic Commodore Ballroom

Sat., August 1, 2015; 11am to 1pm
Tickets: $21; Heritage Vancouver Members $15
Meet at the entrance of The Commodore Ballroom

The evolution of one of our great main streets and one of the world's great rock venues

Join 2015 BC Book Prize winner Aaron Chapman for Live at the Commodore and Senior Downtown Planner Michael Gordon and explore the evolution of Downtown Granville – one of Vancouver’s core main streets. Our main streets are at the heart of our communities and Granville has played a key role as an entertainment district and a cultural mecca. Aaron and Michael will show how Granville and the Commodore has evolved and changed over time as a cultural landscape. They will also touch on Granville Street and its future.

The tour will comprise of two parts:

One focuses on the CPR’s role in creating Granville Street to challenge Gastown as the downtown of the city. By the 20’s it emerged as a shopping and banking street and challenged Hastings St. as a mecca for entertainment, later turning into theatre row.

We will also learn about significance of the street as a unique collection of historic buildings and look at the street’s continuing emergence as a renewed commercial street.

The other part is a tour of the Commodore building itself focusing on the history of that section of Granville being a local of how the entertainment industry grew prior to Theatre Row, and to what it is today. We’ll tour the backstage area and stand on the legendary stage as we hear about the 80 plus years of history of the establishment as well as some unique, behind the scenes stories of the venue.

Your expert guides will have an abundance of photos and images to show as part of the tour when we are inside the Commodore along with a question and answer period.

Copies of Live at the Commodore by Aaron—winner of the 2015 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes); Community History Award (BC Historical Federation)—will be available at the event.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the author and go on a tour led by two extremely knowledgeable experts on the Commodore and Granville Street.


Cheque payment option:

Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1
Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque at: info@heritagevancouver.org

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Past events – listing

• Secrets of the Penthouse Night Club
• Tales of the West End
• Opsal Steel Building - Preview Tour
• West End Plan and Heritage - Discussion
• Conversation with Brian Jackson, Director of Planning CoV
• Annual Garden Party Fundraiser
• Our 1st Annual Self-Guided Garden Tours in 2012
• Howard Hughes at the Bayshore tours
• 100th Anniversary of the Stanley Park Pavilion & the Rock Garden
• A Night of Tiki at the Waldorf Hotel & Bar
• Heritage Vancouver Society & the Vancouver Heritage Foundation: A Conversation about new Strategic Alliances
• Wing Sang Building (1889) Tour & Fundraiser
• Heritage & the Arts – Inaugural Long Table Social
• 2011 Top 10 Endangered Sites Bus Tour
• Art Deco Movie Screening of 42nd Street, hosted by Dal Richards
• Robert Fung’s Gastown – Tour and Reception
• Walking Tour - Strathcona, Vancouver's Old East End
• Walking Tour - Chinatown
• Walking Tour - Hippie Kitsilano
• Walking Tour - Vancouver’s West End
• The Exotic World of Art Deco World’s Fairs
• Tour of the Art Deco Marine Building & Penthouse (1930)
• The Future of Vancouver's Historic Theatres Discussion
• Shanghai and Miami - The Exotic World of Art Deco
• Robert Fung Gastown Tour & Reception
• Heatley Block Discussion
• The Penthouse Nightclub tour/event with Vintage Burlesque
• Our Annual Top Ten Endangered Sites bus tour (Annually, in May)
• Density Bank and Heritage Incentives Discussion
• EcoDensity Forum
• Japantown Forum
• Annual Christmas Party at Roedde House Museum
• Bowling at the Historic Commodore Lanes
• Various Community Speakers on Heritage Issues
• Walking Tour - Hastings Street

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