VHS HERITAGE TALKS | THE FUTURE OF VANDUSEN EDUCATION CENTRE

Monday, February 25, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Heritage Vancouver Society
Creating a future for our heritage as a community

Tickets: Admission is free, but capacity is limited and registration is required. Register online via eventbrite.
Location: Arts & Culture Alliance, #100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver (street level entrance)

It has come to Heritage Vancouver Society’s attention that the Education Centre (1976) at VanDusen Botanical Garden is in danger of demolition or abandonment.

Known originally as MacMillan-Bloedel Place “A Walk In The Forest”, it is a unique, dramatic example of modernist architecture by architect Paul Merrick, working then as chief designer for Thompson, Berwick & Pratt. This “forgotten jewel” is not threatened by significant maintenance issues or lack of viable use. Instead it is threatened by a policy that requires the removal of a building from the Park Board inventory once a new building is contructed.

Heritage Vancouver Society welcomes guest speakers Roy Forster, the first Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Henry Hawthorn, Past President VBGA, and historian Michael Kluckner to an evening of meaningful conversation where we discuss ideas about preserving this important heritage building.

Following a short presentation, we invite you to ask questions and share your ideas about the future of the VanDusen Education Centre.

Photo: MacMillan Bloedel Education Centre (1976), Thompson, Berwick & Pratt Architects. Courtesy Heritage Vancouver  Society.

One Response

  1. Wayne De Angelis at · Reply

    We must support the restoration of this landmark, Vancouver needs to be seen as a city which not only builds the best in sustainable buildings, but renovating and restoring the pioneers work in addition.

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