Beloved ‘little yellow schoolhouse’ in Vancouver may be saved from demolition

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      The fate of a century-old schoolhouse in Vancouver previously deemed as surplus is now up to district trustee Dianne Turner.

      A school board staff member has submitted a recommendation to save the building, known as the ‘little yellow schoolhouse’, from demolition.

      The outbuilding is on the grounds of the new General Gordon Elementary School in Kitsilano.

      The building was constructed in the early 1900s. It is a one-room, wood-framed building with washrooms, storage and a cloakroom.

      Although it is not listed in the Vancouver registry of heritage buildings, many treasure the schoolhouse for its history.

      Director of facilities Jim Meschino made the recommendation to retain the yellow schoolhouse in a memorandum included in the agenda Wednesday (May 17) of the Vancouver school board.

      According to Meschino, General Gordon elementary may need an additional classroom for school year 2018-2019.

      In his memo, Meschino recalled that Turner had earlier requested staff to hold a meeting regarding the yellow schoolhouse.

      A meeting was held on April 27, and staff determined that an additional classroom may be needed.

      According to the director of facilities, the district will save $200,000 by not proceeding with the demolition and the widening of a lane that was once required by city hall as a condition for the retention of the building.

      The yellow schoolhouse was previously leased to Ivy Montessori preschool.