While not having the prominence of SFU or some of his houses, the Evergreen Building on Pender Street is one of Arthur Erickson’s most influential and important designs. Designed to be flexible as either offices or apartments, the Evergreen has a crisp urban edge along Pender Street, then transforms ingeniously to stacked trays of landscaped decks on the harbour side. Through a multi-year effort by many individuals, businesses and institutions, the Evergreen Building has not just been saved from demolition, but fully preserved. The first example of 1970s Modernist architecture to be both historically designated and fully restored in Western Canada, this reception and presentation at IBI Group’s renewed main floor premises will, for the first time, publicly tell the full story of how the Evergreen Building was saved then preserved, in the words of those who did it. Please join us for this very special fundraising evening (for the Arthur Erickson Foundation), celebrating a key success in Vancouver architectural culture.
March 28, 2019, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
at The Evergreen Building
This is a fundraising evening benefiting AEF programs and initiatives, including the Arthur Erickson House and Garden. Tickets are very limited, and will be released first come, first served. Price is $125 each (with a $100 tax receipt). If you are not already an Arthur Erickson Foundation member, join and ensure the ongoing preservation of Erickson's legacy; click here for details. Special pricing for new and current AEF members: $100 (with $75 tax receipt).
5:00 Reception and Tours in the renovated main floor IBI Group studios in the Evergreen Building. At 5:15 and 5:30 IBI staff will take optional small groups of guests to their studios on upper floors, visiting the restored decks with their spectacular harbour views. Please note that the cash bar and appetizer stations will remain open throughout the presentation.
6:00 Talks: “Telling the Evergreen Story”
7:20 Questions/Answers, then Closing Remarks by Arthur Erickson Foundation President Phil Boname. Phil Boname is founder of Urbanics and has an international reputation as a land and retail expert.
For those who missed the earlier tours there will be at least one more group to view the harbour by night from the IBI studios on a top floor.
Hosted by the Arthur Erickson Foundation and IBI Group.
Above: Harbour elevation of Arthur Erickson’s 1978 Evergreen Building, with Shigeru Ban’s Erickson-inspired “Terrace House” now under construction at left and with mass timber cap at top (rendering courtesy associate Francl Architects)