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Craftworks Goes to Church and Learns about the Vancouver Special’s 2nd Coming

The pews at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver were packed. You’d think it was a Sunday, but in fact it was a Tuesday night and people were there to pay homage to the Vancouver Special.  The sermon (lecture) was organized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and was a compliment to the open-house tour of 4 (very special) Vancouver Specials that took place Saturday September 25th.  Some would question its status as “heritage”, but the Vancouver Special has definitely made its mark on the socio-historical and architectural landscape of Vancouver.

A block of Vancouver Specials (photo from JMV on Flickr)

Anyone from the city (or anyone who’s spent time here) would know about the iconic (sadly) and ubiquitous single residential structures that line the streets of most east van neighborhoods.  For some good reasons, the Vancouver Special is “in” again, and the Globe & Mail recently published an online piece about the Vancouver Special’s resurgence.