April 05,  2000 – 4:30 p.m.

Committee Room #2



Councillor Chuck Puchmayr, Chair
Jack Bass
Marlene Blair
Carol Cheremkora
Councillor Jerry Dobrovolny
Ross Morris
Roger Nottingham
Lynn Radbourne


Councillor Bob Osterman
Ron Clancy, City Librarian
Jacqueline O’Donnell, Manager, Irving House


Leslie Gilbert, Senior Planner
Doreen Pysar, Committee Secretary



There was no additions to the Agenda.


THAT the Agenda for the meeting of the Community Heritage Commission for April 5, 2000 be accepted. 



THAT the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held March 01, 2000 be adopted.


1.      Peter Lovick, Architect, and Ms. Yen Hung, owner; re addition to 401 Garrett Street

Peter Lovick reviewed drawings for a proposed addition to 401 Garrett Street.  Information was circulated regarding the Henry Barker design house and the proposed addition including photos of neighbouring residences.  The house is located on the corner of Sherbrooke and Garrett Street.  The house is presently  600 sq. ft. on the main floor with a 600 sq. ft. basement.  The proposed addition will include a 700 sq. ft. ground floor suite off the rear. The 700-sq. ft. addition to the second floor will be accessed by stairs including two bedrooms, laundry area and TV area.  ????Two off-street parking spaces off rear will be included.

The lot has a slight slope off Sherbrooke Street.  No variance is required.

The existing roof line will be maintained adjoining the present kinked roof. (frame up on roof);   The present deck has been added which includes a storage area.

Questions/comments included:

-          the deck will remain and there is no plans to join it with the suite addition.

-          there is storage area under deck;

-          there is access to basement from the deck;

-          there is beveled cedar sidings on house and from the ground floor down will be asphalt.

-    suggested that the roof line should be straight rather than jagged.

-    bay window is proposed in kitchen above counter for view.  Suggested that a squared out window may be more consistent.

The owners like the present existing style house and therefore would rather save it than rebuild.

The delegates were advised that the Commission would further discuss and refer their recommendation to Council.  The owners will be advised by letter of the decision for the proposed addition. The delegates left the meeting at this time.

Discussion by members of the Commission followed. 

·        It was agreed that the addition would blend in with the street as this was a corner lot and the addition would be within zoning requirements. 

·        There was some concern regarding the installation of the bay window in the kitchen and suggested that consideration be given to continue the bay window or to install a squared window for more consistency.

·        There was also some concern regarding the present deck and it was suggested that if it was being retained that it should be kept more sympathetic.


1.      Heritage Society of B.C. Annual Conference, May 11 – 13, 2000 request to Administrator for funding to attend

Funding to attend the Heritage Society of B.C. Annual Conference, May 11 – 13, 2000 has been requested from the Administrator to cover expenses for Commission members attending.  Those registered include:  Chuck Puchmayr, Lynn Radbourne, Roger Nottingham, Jack Bass and Leslie Gilbert.

2.  Nomination of Award for Provincial Heritage Awards Program:  the Galbraith House in the Restoration category

The restoration of the Galbraith House has been nominated to the Heritage Society of B.C. Annual Awards Program in the category of Projects – Exterior Building Restoration.

The Society has advised that the Galbraith House will be receiving the outstanding achievement award and will be presented at the Annual Conference in May.  It is not known whether the Jang’s will attend to accept the award.

The Commission was advised that the Heritage Revitalization Agreement was adopted for Phase III for the Galbraith House (Tea House) at the March 27 Council Meeting.  There are still some issues to be resolved regarding their business license.

3.      Heritage Promotion of New Westminster:  Newspaper Column follow-up discussion

At the March meeting, it was suggested that a column be established in the local newspaper in which a historical photograph is shown for a few weeks for readers to guess the photo.  A description of the article is then inserted in the newspaper and a prized allotted to the winner.

Jack Bass advised that he had approached Jack                 of the Record Now and is interested in promoting New Westminister. The idea is to run an historic picture for people to identify and a small prize given, and possibly the picture could be enlarged and displayed at City Hall.  Ron Clancy had indicated at the March meeting that the library had photos of the old library building and that his staff could access; and Jacqueline O’Donnell offered to collaborate with assistance from members of the Commission.

There was further discussion on the promotion of New Westminster.  Chuck Puchmayr suggested to place post cards of New Westminster in  racks around the Fraser Valley.  Additional suggestions included:

·        that a post card also be forwarded to be included on the BCTV A.M. Weather Show which shows post cards from various area and this could also be a helpful promotional tool;

·        that the Heritage posters (and post cards) could be promoted during the City’s Open House, displayed at the Museum, Library, Galbraith House, BIA, Arts Council, Century House, City Star Casino, Rotary Club;

·        to look for potential sponsors for funding sources; i.e., Labatt’s for sponsorship of post cards and that advertising could also be placed on the post cards (writing side). 

The costs of printing the post cards and the possibility of sponsorship from businesses/organizations will be pursued.  A list of contacts who presently stock postcards in their businesses will also be provided.


1.      CHC Tour of the Woodlands School Site

At the March 6th Council Meeting a resolution requested that the issue of the designation of the four historically significant buildings on the Woodlands site be referred to the Community Heritage Commission for comment, and that BCBC be advised that the process for heritage designation has commenced.  The Sr. Planner is in the process of gathering information and to also include an earlier report on the conditions of the Woodlands buildings and different exposure by the Barry McGinn Report.

Members of the Commission would meet at City Hall on Wednesday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m. to tour the Woodlands site facility.   Evaluation forms will be provided. (phone Monday prior  to remind and to meet at rear parking lot).

Leslie not sure should we include all members or those  show of hands:  Ross, Lynn, Jack, Roger, Marlene, Gerry and Chuck.


1.      Letter to Mr. Terry Grant, re:  336 Fifth Street.

2.      Letter to Frank and Laurie Wright, re:  414 First Street.

3.      New Westminster Historical Society Newsletter, March 2000.

4.      Notes on the SFU Harbourside Workshop with Robert Shipley “The Economic Impacts of Heritage Conservation” February 25, 2000.

5.      Letter from Historic Theatres’ Trust re:  Commission membership.

6.       Letter from Craig Mathews, Grade 4, Richard McBride School re:  Heritage Week Colouring Contest.

7.      Letter to Mr. And Mrs. Jang in appreciation of holding the heritage designation ceremony.

Item 2 re letter to Frank and Laura Wright of 424 First Street – remove 3rd paragraph relating to Royal City Builders Award.


THAT the correspondence be received.


Wednesday, May 3, 2000 – Committee Room #2


            ON MOTION, the meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Certified Correct,





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