Preservation of Heritage Sites in Cambie Corridor
Riley Park South Cambie Community Visions Committee continues to address the issue of maintaining structures in the area that are of Heritage Value. Structures that have been lost include:
- Oakridge United Church, built in 1949 at 350 W. 41st, has been sold to Townline Development, which is part of the Ilych Development company. Heritage Vancouver believes that the building should not be torn down as planned and retained as a social amenity for the community due to its inherent architectural value. It is considered to be an excellent example of Gothic Revival style that is worth preserving. It is on the Society’s Top Ten list of buildings to be preserved in 2015. The building is scheduled to be destroyed in 2018.
- Oakridge Lutheran Church at 41st and Cambie. An example of north European Lutheran church architecture, the building was removed in the fall of 2017.
Structures that we continue to lobby the City of Vancouver to retain and use for public purposes include:
- Milton Wong House–located within the package of homes on Cambie (4976-5010 Cambie), Heritage Vancouver identified the Wong house to have heritage value. The single family home is, according to heritage specialists, an excellent example of West Coast modern architecture of the late 1950s. Its garden was planned by renowned landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander. Now owned by Pennyfarthing Development, the developer has agreed to preserve the house in return for additional height and density in an adjoining building (7 floors and total height of 90 ft. which is well above the Cambie Corridor Phase 2 guidelines).
- The RCMP Headquarters Building (Heather and 33rd Ave.) This building was built in the first decade of the 20th century and served as a school prior to being purchased by the federal government to house the RCMP headquarters in BC. It is an excellent example of neo-Tudor architecture and is deemed to have heritage value.
RPSC is engaged with the City on both accounts, and has written to City officials to express the community’s concerns in regard to the preservation of both sites and how they are to be used.