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Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer®

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada’s Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!

Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.

To donate log on to my personal page.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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Analyzing and Designing an Evaluation System for Heritage Resources: Part 1

This is from a paper written for one of my continuing education courses.

For this project I am reviewing the City of New Westminster’s Heritage Register.  I am being aided in this by the City’s Heritage Planner, Julie Schueck.  The City’s heritage program does not have a very long history.  The City having experienced a lengthy decline since the 1950s, and starting in the 1980s turned to their heritage inventory to help spur an economic revitalization.

New Westminster has had a steady evolution in its treatment of its heritage resources.  It started out as a windshield survey in the 1980s—the Heritage Resource Inventory.  An effort to create a purpose for these listed buildings, the City initiated a Heritage Area Revitalization Program (HARP) focused on the Columbia Street commercial district.  This program was largely a cosmetic, incentive laden program intended to rejuvenate the historic downtown core.

A new listing, a Heritage Register, has since been established.  Based on the earlier Inventory, this is the official listing of properties “[d]eemed to have historic value”[1].  This list gives a degree of control over the outward appearance of recognized heritage buildings and makes owners eligible for special considerations regarding the Building Code and the Home Owners Act.  A Community Heritage Commission sits to advise the Mayor and Council on related issues.  While theoretically the City has the power to place homes on the list without owner’s approval, the City does not exercise this option.

A more recent development from the City has been the Neighbourhood Historical Context Statements.  This is a program led by local heritage consultants to give the community a greater voice in determining their community’s heritage.  This program is still being carried out, but has been very well received by the community.

This paper will explore the City of New Westminster’s Heritage Register and supporting programs and compare and contrast them to the theoretical ideas explored in the Determining Significance of Heritage Resources course, and offer constructive criticism on the process.

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Introducing the newest member of the B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals!

Dear Philip,

Congratulations! You have been approved as a Professional CAHP member, with the designation of Craft & Trade Specialist.

Your status will be updated on the CAHP directory and also you will receive an approval letter.


Thank you,

Jodi Franklin

Administrative Co-ordinator CAHP I ACECP

George Brown House 50 Baldwin St., Suite 211

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L4

Tel: 416-515-7450

Fax: 416-515-0961

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Merry Christmas from Us!

May everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Exceeded 1,500 Views!

I guess I missed a milestone along the way (who needs 1,000, anyway?), but I am pleased to report that Housewright Building & Restoration has exceeded 1,500 views as of December 15th.  I am glad that people keep coming to see the site, and especially when the trackers show exploring the different articles and links.

Please keep coming and I will keep adding!  I welcome any suggestion for content or articles, as well.


(As I hit publish I wordpress congraduated me for my 30th post.  A fitting double milestone, though I’m not sure if I should have published more over this time period.)

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Reading an article on Winnipeg’s downtown development plan folowing the return of the Jets (admittedly on TSN) has me wondering where heritage revitalization sits here.  I remember some work was done, but, unless my memory failing the expected result weren’t there.


Out of curiosity, I am going to poke around and see if I can scare up anything.  If any readers have any comments of info…

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Pixie McGeachie Room

Pixie McGeachie Plaque at City Archives

On September 24 (yes, more than a month ago, sorry), the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room opened at the City of Burnaby Archives.

Local archivist and historian, Doreen Pixie McGeachie is remembered for her substantial contributions to the city’s archives.  She passed away a year ago last summer at the age of 89.  For more on Pixie see Pixie McGeachie.

In attendance were representatives from her family, members of the city archives, city council and the community heritage commission and the mayor.




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1,000 Visits!

As of yesterday (Aug 14th) we have had 1,000 visit to our site!

Thanks to all of you for your patronage, and if you like the content, please tell your friends about it.

Thank you.

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Historic Kilby Photos

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Here are a few pictures from the museum archives.

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Kilby Historic Site

Like many whose work largely depends on weather, I spent a lot of my spring watching the rain fall.  I spent some of that time spinning my wheels, but much of it looking for job leads.  When searching for leads was slow, I also sent a couple of applications as back up.  When a project management company in Maple Ridge offered me a job as an Assistant Superintendent, I thought I’d be turning my back on heritage for a spell.

It turns out the first project I am on is Kilby Historic SiteAfter too much deferred maintenance, the building is undergoing an exterior restoration.  On the to-do list is a new roof, dealing with failing (lead) paint, and conservation of the windows and front porch.  We will also be assessing the structure (largely in good repair), ramps and site drainage.

I will keep you posted…

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