Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kaplan Heritage Sign Restored after Illegal Change

This is a victory I haven't heard anyone saying anything about.
Remember when this suddenly was red and it had a different name.
I was so shocked. Who would do that to our heritage signs???
But it appears that after about a year...it's back to normal.

Kaplan Heritage Sign at Broadway & Granville back to normal self!
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

  The familiar blue Kaplan sign that hung above one of Vancouver’s most prominent street corners for decades has been replaced by a shocking orangey red, an unauthorized alteration that has been met with outrage from citizens and heritage activists in a city that takes its iconic neon seriously.

The City of Vancouver says AEG Education and the sign's creator, Pattison Sign Group, inquired about changing the sign. Staff told them that as the Dick Building is a heritage building and the sign has historic significance, they would need a sign permit, but the work went ahead without one.

 The building, formally known as the Dick Building, is municipally designated A-list heritage, which means it is legally protected. But its sign, which once matched the blue on the ornate exterior, is now the sort of colour more likely seen in fast food restaurants than on a building of historical importance.

A large, neon sign perched on the facade of a historic Dick Building at the southeast corner of the intersection of Granville Street and Broadway has received an illegal makeover.
The blue ‘KAPLAN’ sign was recently replaced with a bright red sign with two Chinese characters and the letters ‘AEG’ by the building’s new main tenant, AEG Education.

If you’ve been down near South Granville lately, you might notice something different.
A familiar blue sign is no longer there, and it’s not sitting well with some people.
It used to be blue but now it’s red. The Kaplan sign that hung from a heritage building on the corner of Granville and Broadway has been replaced.


“They were advised that it was a heritage building and that any changes to the sign would require a sign permit application, that any changes to the sign would be reviewed within the context of it being part of the heritage building, and hence, a heritage sign,” explains Anita Molara, Assistant Director of Planning with the City of Vancouver.
The sign is part of a Class-A heritage building, which means it is legally protected.


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