Last week saw the destruction of one of the first buildings built at the UBC campus to make way for a new high-end condo development.
The Vancouver School of Theology’s Chancellor Building, inspired by English architecture, was built in 1927 and was one of the first major structures to be built at the Point Grey campus.
The chairman of the Theological Neighbourhood Planning Group said it was a “painful decision” to demolish it, but says the school needs the money to renovate its main building.
“We had to make a judgment call between this building and the other building, because one of them had to help pay for the other,” said Bud Phillips.
There are no heritage protection guidlines on campus and UBC is not answerable to any municipality. Those clinging to the past should keep in mind that everything new eventually becomes old, and UBC’s heritage condo stock will flourish in the far-off future.