Few heritage keepsakes to be saved from demolition of 1913 Vancouver school

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      Not much will be left to remind about the old Bayview Community School in Vancouver.

      Only a few items will be salvaged when the public elementary school is demolished for the construction of a safer and modern building.

      Originally built in 1913, and with additions done in 1929 and 1962, the more than century old building at 2251 Collingwood Street has been deemed a huge earthquake risk.

      Based on figures from the provincial government, it will cost $12 million more to seismically upgrade the existing school compared to building a new one.

      The new school will cost $24.5 million.

      Francl Architecture Inc. has filed a development application with the City of Vancouver to redevelop the site of the old Kitsilano-area school.

      It will be a new two-storey school, and it will incorporate four items from the existing structure.

      One is an arched window dating back to 1913. It will be used in the interior of the new school.

      The other is a set of vestibule doors from 1929. These will be installed on the corridor of the main floor.

      Lastly, two church pews, which are not as old as the building, but have been there for a long time, will also be saved.

      A Francl Architecture Inc. rendering of a new Bayview Community School.

      According to a timetable by the province, construction will start in the winter of 2020.

      The new school will accommodate 365 students, which is the same capacity of the old building.

      Students will be moved to a temporary school location during construction.

      An open for the proposed development is scheduled on November 7 at the Bayview Community School gym (2251 Collingwood Street), from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.