The schoolhouse at Henry Hudson Elementary is on the verge of demolition.

The bright yellow schoolhouse at the corner of Maple Street and Cornwall Avenue has been part of the community since 1912.

Supporters hope to convince the Vancouver School Board to save the 111-year-old building from the wrecking ball.

“It’s a well-maintained, charming little schoolhouse, and it would be tragic if it was demolished, both from an environmental perspective and from a community character perspective,” Glyn Lewis of Renewal Home Development told CBC.

Lewis and parents of the school are calling on the Vancouver School Board to approve the building’s move and to set a precedent in the preservation of older buildings.

Hudson Child Care Society, a non-profit preschool and after-school program, operates out of the schoolhouse, which is not registered as a heritage building.

Construction began on the new Henry Hudson Elementary school in December.

Students will remain in the original Henry Hudson Elementary while construction is underway. The new school is expected to be ready to welcome students in spring 2025.

Photo: Dan Toulgoet

Last modified: March 1, 2023

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