The president of the Vancouver Heritage Society is hoping plans for a new hospital in downtown Vancouver won’t mean the 121-year old home of St. Paul’s will be demolished.
“The original hospital was started eight years after Vancouver was founded.”
Javier Campos says the main building on Burrard Street is worth preserving, but…
“We’re certainly not against the development of a new state-of-the-art hospital. They are planning an extensive consultation with community. I think the bigger issue is more holistic around the whole West End? The economic driver of the West End has to do with people being in St. Paul’s and all the people that work there.”
“See what parts of the site we need to save and how to carry that history and memory forward –keeping some of the buildings that are there that are significant to the history of Vancouver.”
Campos adds St. Paul’s is considered one of the top ten sites needing protection in Vancouver.
Judith Mosley, the Director of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation agrees.
“St. Paul’s hospital has long been a landmark on Burrard Street.”
The hospital’s been there since 1894, but it’s moving to a new site near Terminal and Main… at a cost of a billion dollars.
Earlier this week, hospital operators unveiled a billion-dollar plan to move to a new location closer to False Creek.