Donald Luxton is a Vancouver-based heritage consultant with a particular interest in Modern and mid-20th Century architecture.
Just over two years ago, he worked on a heritage study of the Revelstoke City Hall building, completing an assessment of the building and its heritage value.
Luxton’s 2013 report explained the importance of this early creation of Vancouver-based architect Charles B.K. Van Norman, a prominent B.C. architect who created our International Style city hall, a rare example from the late 1930s, when the Depression slowed construction in North America.
The report detailed the building’s history, a number of interior and exterior interventions over the years (including the 1972 stucco job), and made recommendations about what to do to preserve its value as a heritage-listed building.
We contacted Luxton to talk about the unofficial unveiling of the new Second Street entrance this week. What does he think?
Moving forward, we asked him to weigh in on the debate on ongoing renovations, both interior and exterior, from a heritage perspective. His perspective is interesting, and provides an insight that may — maybe — save the city money on the exterior reno while restoring the building’s heritage look.
And, the big question: Donald gives advice on what colour to paint city hall once it’s all over.
See our Mar. 25, 2015 interview with Donald Luxton via SoundCloud here: