Annual Heritage Homes Tour & Tea

Save the date for our 36th Annual Heritage Homes Tour – next year’s Tour is Sunday, May 31, 2015!  2014′s tour included 14 venues that featured an eclectic mix of residential and commercial properties – from one of the first houses built in Queen’s Park in 1891 – to a mid-century modern ...Read More

WANTED: Heritage Homes for this year’s Homes Tour

Have you thought about debuting your heritage home or showing off your restoration/renovation on the 36th annual New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society Homes Tour? We’re looking for heritage homes in the Royal City that are either new to the Tour or have had  some restoration/renovation work performed since they last graced the ...Read More

QPRA Poll open on Urban Academy’s proposed expansion

Urban Academy (UA) has proposed an expansion of its private school facility in the Queen’s Park neighbourhood. The school has applied to the City of New Westminster for an amendment to the Official Community Plan and a Heritage Revitalization Agreement to accommodate their project. The Queen’s Park Residents’ Association (QPRA) wants to ...Read More

Embracing the growing heritage market in Ontario

By Robert Hulley (for RealtorEDGE magazine, Ontario Real Estate Association) January 29, 2015 – The market for heritage homes has taken on a new direction — largely due to the boom in home renovations, a renewed interest in local history, and changes to the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). Although the process of ...Read More

January 22: The aftermath of Vancouver’s one-year moratorium on heritage property demolition

Thursday, January 22, 2015    7:00 PM Council Chambers, New Westminster City Hall 511 Royal Ave QPNHS Heritage Study Speaker Series  featuring: Marco D’Agostini, Senior Heritage Planner with the City of Vancouver Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Heritage Study’s 2015 Speaker Series begins this Thursday. Marco D’Agostini will talk about what’s happened since Vancouver imposed a ...Read More

NWHPS asks the Mayoral Candidates

A few weeks ago, NWHPS’ Board of Directors sent  a list of questions relating to heritage housing in New Westminster to our  mayoral candidates. We received a response from one candidate – Jonathan Cote: 1. What do you think is the single most important action the local government could undertake to encourage ...Read More

Tickets on sale for QPHF’s 2nd annual “Homes for the Holidays” Tour

Join our friends at the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation for their second annual “Homes for the Holidays” tour. Visit six heritage homes beautifully decorated for Christmas. Tickets are now on sale.   Sunday Dec 7th    4:30-7:30 pm                 Tickets $20   Buy your tickets online at:  http://www.qphf.org/our-next-fundraising-event/ Tickets purchased online should be picked ...Read More

Study Group working to protect endangered Queen’s Park Heritage Homes

In his November 8, 2013 post, New Westminster News Leader reporter Grant Granger covered the aftermath of the demolition of 221 – 3rd Avenue, including City Council’s plan to bring together the community “to work on ways to ensure the neighbourhood’s old treasures don’t disappear by forming a working group involving several ...Read More

Laneway Housing – a viable option for New Westminster?

A fixture in Toronto, laneway housing began in Vancouver in 2009. The question of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) appeared on New Westminster’s radar in 2012. The issue continues to draw strong opinion for and against – even between neighbours.     A  laneway house is a smaller, detached home located in place ...Read More

Renovating a Character House

Refurbished older homes boast character that can’t be reproduced, and in today’s push for a lighter building footprint, renovating one can be a sound investment. Article by: Carol Crenna Elana Zysblat, programming 
director at Vancouver Heritage Foundation, offers guidance on updating an old home
. Why refurbish an old house?
 Zysblat: Heritage houses ...Read More