News & Events

Kalman relocates to Victoria

Hal Kalman has moved from Vancouver to Victoria. His office is in the historic Union Bank Building (1912). The gracious, six-storey, Edwardian building is located in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, a protected historic area. (Sketch by Robin Ward)

Critical studies of conservation architects

Hal Kalman is currently writing about several architect-teachers who were committed to heritage conservation and architectural history, as well as to restoration practice. One project treats the careers of Liang Sicheng (1901-72) and Lin Huiyin (1904-55) (illustrated), a husband-wife team …

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Demolition of St. Michael’s Residential School

The ’Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC, held a ceremony on February 18, 2015, to mark the start of demolition of the former St. Michael’s Indian Residential School. Built in 1929 and closed in 1975, St. Michael’s and all …

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Ethel Johns honoured

Pioneer nurse and nursing educator Ethel Johns (1879-1968) has been commemorated as a National Historic Person by the Government of Canada. The plaque honouring Johns was unveiled at the University of British Columbia on 10 February 2015. Participating in the …

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Heritage Planning published

Heritage Planning: Principles and Process, by Harold Kalman, was published by Routledge in Fall 2014. Intended for practitioners and students in heritage conservation / historic preservation throughout the English-speaking world, and of interest to many general readers, the book provides …

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Kalman appointed a Member of the Order of Canada

Hal Kalman was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2012. The Order, presented by the Governor General, ‘recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.’ Hal’s citation recognizes ‘his …

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Kinsol Trestle wins six awards

The rehabilitation of the Kinsol Trestle, an immense former railway trestle near Shawnigan Lake, BC, for which Hal Kalman led the feasibility study and participated in the conservation, has won five awards: an Outstanding Achievement Award from Heritage BC; a …

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Exploring Vancouver doing well

Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide, written by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward and with colour photographs by John Roaf, was a finalist for a BC Book Prize (the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) and for the City of Vancouver Book …

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Conservation of the Hollow Tree

The Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society has completed restoring the legendary Hollow Tree in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The 1,000-year-old Western Red Cedar was once Vancouver’s leading tourism attraction. Generations of residents and visitors were photographed – many with their …

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