2013 Heritage BC Awards

At the Annual Conference in Burnaby on October 18, 2013, Heritage BC presented awards to individuals, organizations, government and businesses for excellence in heritage conservation.

Advocacy, Awareness & Planning


“Test of Time: the Enduring Legacy of Victoria City Hall”
Victoria Civic Heritage Trust; Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton and Associates; Lis Bailly, Portfolio Art Services
This unique 104-page hardcover book records the history of Victoria City Hall, the oldest surviving municipal hall in Western Canada. It spans the city’s rich history, beginning with pre-European contact and charting the development of the city from a frontier colonial outpost to a thriving Capital acclaimed for its architectural heritage.

“Time Travel Sunshine Coast”
Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives; Bruce Devereux, Good Samaritan Christenson Village
This heritage smart phone walking tour allows users to explore the fascinating histories of the Sunshine Coast on their mobile phones. Hosted by the Time Travel BC website, users download the free application and use a GPS-enabled map to navigate to 16 historical points of interest on the lower Sunshine Coast.


The Hallmark Society: Forty Years of Advocacy 
Since 1973, the Hallmark Society has served as the heritage conscience of Greater Victoria. The first community heritage preservation organization in the province, it has grown to become an effective voice in the conservation movement.

“Echoes Across Seymour”
Janet Pavlik, Eileen Smith and Desmond Smith
Published last November by Harbour Publishing, “Echoes Across Seymour” is a coffee table book with many beautiful colored photographs that outlines the last 50 years of history in the 19 communities that lie east of the Seymour River.

“Esquimalt Centennial 1912 – 2012”
Sherri K. Robinson and the Esquimalt Centennial Committee
This book project recognizes the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Township of Esquimalt. The 140 page, hard bound, hand-stitched volume is a tribute to those who helped make Esquimalt the wonderful place it is today.

Heritage Conservation 


Heritage Renovation Daycare Project
Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, Vancouver
The 1928 Japanese Hall, a national historic site, was rehabilitated for use as a licensed childcare centre to meet community needs. 

Conservation of the Hollow Tree, Stanley Park
Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society; Cascade Engineering Group Inc.; Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.
The Hollow Tree is a 1,000-year-old western red cedar in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The broad, headless ‘snag’ stopped growing around 1875. It survived major windstorms in 1932, 1962 and 2006, the last destroying some 10,000 other trees in Stanley Park.

The MV Saravan Restoration Project
The Ladysmith Maritime Society 
Over the past two years, the society has restored their flagship vessel, MV Saravan, a 36-foot vintage wooden tugboat. The Saravan was built in 1938 in Coal Harbour and worked out of Victoria. Pressed into service for the Royal Canadian Navy through the war years, in 1948 she was purchased and subsequently operated for 30 years by Chemainus Towing. Ladysmith resident Ken Mulholland donated the Saravan to the Maritime Society 20 years ago. The restoration project was a true labour of love for the entire LMS membership, particularly the volunteers directly involved in the hands-on work.

Restoration of the Brilliant Bridge, Castlegar 
Regional District of Central Kootenay; Concreate Ltd.; McGinn Engineering and Preservation
The Brilliant Bridge Restoration Committee was organized in 1991 with the objective of raising funds to restore the historic Brilliant Bridge in Castlegar, built by the Doukhobor community in 1913 to connect the communities of Ooteshania and Brilliant. It was designed by famous Vancouver engineer G.R. Grant, and construction was supervised by A.M. Trusedale, a young engineer who spent five months leading a volunteer workforce of more than 100 local Doukabors. 


Conservation of the B.C. Permanent Building, Vancouver 
Eric Cohen, Owner; Ted Murray Architect Inc.; Donald Luxton and Associates
Located at 330 West Pender Street, this is one of those projects that expand in scope as you go along. It began as a straight forward heritage façade rehabilitation. However, the uncovering of a remarkable original interior expanded the scope to include a full restoration of unique flooring, plaster moulding and stained glass work.

Conservation of the Dixon Farmstead 
The Langley Heritage Society
The Dixon farmstead in the Township of Langley was built for Herbert and Emily Dixon between 1916-1918. The site’s heritage significance extends back to the farming activities of the Hudson Bay Company in the 1830s. The farm today remains within the Agricultural Land Reserve and is one of two sites in the Milner area that have retained their early twentieth century barns.

Rehabilitation of the Nanaimo Railway Station 
The Island Corridor Foundation; Tectonica Management Inc.; Young Professionals of Nanaimo
Under-utilized and twice nearly destroyed by fire, the Nanaimo Railway Station was fully rehabilitated in 2012 and is now home to an Irish-style pub restaurant and a future ticket/waiting room for VIA Rail. Designated by Nanaimo City Council in 1977 and listed under the Federal Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act, this is one of the most highly valued historic buildings on the City’s Heritage Register. 

Restoration of the H. D. Riggs House, Kelowna
Dave and Donara Krysko, Owners; Davara Holdings Ltd.; TEAM Construction
Located at 911 Borden Avenue, the H. D. Riggs house is one of the few remaining residences built of Kelowna brick. This is a substantial structure on a large lot commanding the SE corner at Borden Avenue and Ethel Street. While slightly ‘out of town’ at the time it was built, it is now part of a unique cluster of heritage homes in Kelowna’s South Central.


97 & 50 Water Street, Vancouver
Bensen Inc.; CMM Industries; McGinn Engineering and Preservation

Napier Residence
Extraordinary League Contracting

Relocation and Restoration of the W.J. Mathers Estate 'Altnadene' Gate & Wall
City of Burnaby McGinn Engineering and Preservation; Cedar Crest Lands (BC) Ltd.

Restoration of the Dunne Barn at Historic Hat Creek Ranch 
Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch Society

Restoration of the Duncan & Margaret McGregor Estate 'Glen-Lyon' Mansion & New Haven Barn
Amacon; Ron Allen Architect Inc.; Birmingham & Wood Architects

Rehabilitation of Ridgeway School, North Vancouver
Robert Lemon, Architecture; North Vancouver School District; DA Architects+Planners

Ruby Nobbs Award

Lorainne McLarty, Kelowna

Lorainne epitomizes the heritage volunteer. Her dedication and enthusiasm for heritage in general and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society in particular have seen the COHS through some difficult times. Without her steady hand and countless volunteer hours, it is doubtful if COHS would even exist, let alone be in the relatively healthy position it finds itself today.




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