If you live in central and eastern Canada you might take your architectural heritage for granted.
Your streets are dotted with stately Victorian homes and fine sandstone public edifices. Cities like Montreal, Quebec City and Charlottetown offer even older examples of lovingly preserved yet modernized buildings.
But in the West, heritage means anything that was put up before, say, the First World War. There was, and in some places remains, a tendency to bulldoze anything that looks the least bit shabby and replace it with a shiny new structure in the name of urban renewal.
Vancouver's skyline has undergone one of the biggest makeovers in recent years as a forest of glass towers has grown up in and around downtown.
It's made preservationists even more determined to try to save the declining number of "heritage" buildings. The historic Pantages Theatre, built in 1907, was demolished last year after efforts to restore the once-beautiful vaudeville venue sputtered out.
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