City of Richmond awarded Prince of Wales heritage prize
19 October 2016
The City of Richmond has won the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize for heritage conservation, which is awarded by the National Trust of Canada.
“Richmond is extremely proud of our rich maritime and agricultural heritage and we’ve worked hard to preserve, learn from and celebrate our community’s history,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Our heritage is very much alive throughout our city and remains a vital element of our community today and is part of what makes Richmond one of Canada’s most unique, diverse and vibrant communities. We’re honoured to receive this prestigious award from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and the National Trust.”
The City received the Prince of Wales Prize in recognition of its long history of celebrating and protecting its heritage assets, and an approach to heritage conservation described by the jury as “holistic” and “forward-looking.”
Richmond was one of the first municipalities in Canada to imbed heritage planning objectives into its Official Community Plan. It has preserved numerous heritage sites across the City and celebrates its community past through a variety of programs and special events. Recent projects include construction of the Steveston Tram building, home to an historic Interurban tram car now undergoing full restoration, and restoration of Branscombe House, an historic Steveston house that is currently home to Richmond artist-in-residence Rhonda Weppler and many popular arts programs. The City also continues to restore buildings and develop new exhibits and programs at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, a beautiful waterfront site that celebrates Richmond and BC’s maritime and fishing industry history.
In keeping with his commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, His Royal Highness Prince Charles agreed to lend his title to the creation of the Prince of Wales Prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality that has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.
Earlier today, Natalie Bull, Executive Director of the National Trust for Canada, announced the recipients of the organization’s National Leadership Awards for outstanding contributions in the field of heritage conservation, which include the Prince of Wales Prize, the Gabrielle Léger Medal, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The awards will be presented by the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Friday evening at the Scottish Rite Club in Hamilton during a ceremony held as part of the National Trust’s Annual Conference.
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