In 1988, the City of Port Coquitlam Planning Department with the assistance of the British Columbia Heritage Trust Grant published \"A Guide to the Historical and Architectural Heritage of Port Coquitlam\". This booklet identified 49 significant heritage building located throughout Port Coquitlam. Several more historically significant buildings were added to the inventory bringing the total to 135 buildings. A few years ago, The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society updated the heritage house inventory. A total of 57 (42%) heritage houses have been demolished and 2 have been modernized beyond recognition since 1988. Since the inventory update, another significant heritage house has been demolished to make way for condos in the downtown core.
The need for a Heritage Conservation Plan in Port Coquitlam is now more important than ever with the latest announcements that The Wild Duck Inn and The New View Society Edwardian buildings are pending demolition. The Wild Duck Inn, our last remaining landmark, is to be demolished to make way for the new Pitt River Bridge as part of the Gateway project. The New View Society building, Port Coquitlam\'s most dramatic heritage house, built in 1914 by Alderman Charles Lobb, is to be decommissioned and demolished this spring for a new facility.
The City of Port Coquitlam does not have a Heritage Conservation Plan and does not have plans to initiate any heritage conservation initiatives in the future, as heritage is not a priority. In the meantime, we have lost 44% of the heritage buildings identified in 1988. The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society\'s intention is to advise City Hall that the citizens of Port Coquitlam deem their heritage as important and worth preserving. Please sign here if you are in favour of the City of Port Coquitlam establishing a Heritage Conservation Plan to protect our remaining historic buildings.
The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society
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