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November 19: Riverview — A Wealth of Heritage Buildings and Landscapes
December 3: A Victorian Christmas Party

Riverview: A Wealth of Heritage Buildings and Landscapes
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm; Registration at 7pm; Conversation 7:15pm
Location: The Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St
Admission: $5; Heritage Vancouver members free

Heritage Vancouver welcomes Sue Haberger, Director, Riverview Horticultural Centre Society and Donald Luxton, President of Heritage Vancouver who will make a joint presentation on Riverview, its grounds and buildings. The evening will include a short video, “For the Future of Riverview”, as well as a visual presentation that provides a sense of both the magnificence and regional heritage value of this special site, located in Coquitlam.

The Riverview Lands are comprised of 244 acres on a hillside overlooking the Fraser River and the Coquitlam River floodplain. The site houses five grand concrete buildings constructed between 1913 and 1930 to serve as a hospital for the mentally ill, and dozens of other significant structures. It is beautifully terraced and landscaped in the style of England's Kew Gardens and contains an important collection of over 1,800 species trees, some of which have stood for a century. It also boasts striking half-timbered cottages, a cemetery, and Finnie's Heritage Garden. The patients of the hospital provided the labour to clear the land and create this special place.

Val Adolph wrote in ‘The Riverview Lands’: “We reflect with humility that these people, rejected by the society of the day and who were, in the language of the time, “put away in an institution”, are the ones who have given us this treasure.”

Riverview is owned by the Provincial Government, and over the years there have been a number of plans for the redevelopment of the site, none of which have been realized. As the hospital is currently down-sizing, there has been great controversy over suggestions that the site should be turned over for market housing. What does the future hold for Riverview? Join us on November 19th for an exciting discussion about this unique site.

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Heritage Vancouver’s – A Victorian Christmas Party
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay Street
Admission: There is no admission for this event

You are invited to attend Heritage Vancouver’s annual Christmas Party at Roedde House Museum. Come and celebrate the season with members, volunteers, donors and friends in this West End historic house decorated in authentic Victorian style. Local heritage authors, Chuck Davis, Eve Lazarus, Donald Luxton and Lisa Smedman will have their books for sale; local heritage artist Jo Scott-B will have Christmas cards for sale, depicting heritage.

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift or a unique Christmas card for that special person. There is no charge, and we ask you to bring your favourite appetizer or dessert to share.



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