Parks Canada

Parks Canada

December 19, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Preservation of Binning Residence National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada announces contribution for conservation of the site

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in the conservation of the Binning Residence National Historic Site.

"The Binning Residence heralded a new form of architecture on the Coast and continues to attract tourists and architectural enthusiasts to West Vancouver," said Mr. Weston. "It is exciting to picture how today's investment in this leading example of early Modern architecture will continue to awe and enlighten Canadians."

The Binning Residence, located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, is a remarkable illustration of early modern architecture in Canada and the ideas of Bertram Charles Binning, an artist and promoter of Modernist ideology. Designed and constructed during the Second World War, it responded to the social and economic conditions of the time by using local materials and efficient construction methods to create an affordable home. The residence's features set a pattern of design that would have a profound influence on post-war residential architecture throughout the 1950s and 1960s and was designated a national historic site in 1997. Since 2008, the site has been owned and managed by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia.

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $11,426 for the preparation of a conservation plan for the site.

"One of our Government's major objectives is to inspire Canadians to develop strong and meaningful connections with Canada's national treasures," said Minister Kent. "Our national historic sites are vital to our history, our identity as Canadians, and our tourism industry. By investing in them and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."

"We are very pleased that we are able to move forward with a heritage conservation plan for this unique national historic site," said Tamsin Baker, Lower Mainland Regional Manager of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. "Once completed, the plan will provide an invaluable roadmap to ensure that the house will be effectively managed in the long-term. It will also ensure that the site will continue to inspire future generations of visiting artists and architects."

The Cost-Sharing Program reflects the Government of Canada's dedication to protect Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of our national historic sites. In this centennial year, Parks Canada is pleased to continue its efforts to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Adam Sweet
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of the Environment
    819-997-1441

    Media Relations
    Parks Canada
    819-953-8371