As reported by Global News, the fate of a century-old, arts and crafts-style schoolhouse in Kitsilano remains uncertain, as residents vow to stop demolition. Meetings are taking place at the school board to find a solution.
The tiny schoolhouse sits on the same property as General Gordon Elementary where a replacement school is under construction. Locals believe the old schoolhouse may be razed to make room for a staff parking lot. They’ve started a petition to protest.
“History matters in Kitsilano. Kitsilano has a long history of community advocacy for its old buildings,” said concerned resident Jean Gordon.
“The only reason it’s being taking down, it seems, is to be replaced by parking places,” added Larry Benge.
At least eight cherry blossom trees outside the schoolhouse also appear marked for removal.
Upset residents called on the school board to save this piece of Vancouver history.
“This is a little gem that means a lot and it certainly means a lot to the community,” Vancouver School Board trustee Patti Bacchus said, adding that she was working with VSB staff to consider options to save the schoolhouse.
If there isn’t a reprieve, those who love the little yellow schoolhouse are vowing to block the bulldozers.
“I’ll be here and I will try to stop them,” said Jann Pierce.
Bacchus tweeted the schoolhouse will not be demolished this week and staff will report back with options next month. The VSB released this statement:
“The Vancouver Board of Education has instructed district staff to explore options to preserve the old yellow schoolhouse at the General Gordon Elementary site.
“Trustees have directed staff to report back to the March 7 public board meeting. No actions will happen with the building until the board considers the new staff report.”
Last modified: March 10, 2017