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Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation

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In 1907 the Canadian Pacific Railway announced the subdivision of 250 prime acres and Vancouver’s most exclusive residential area known as Shaughnessy Heights after the president of the company, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy. The area caught on quickly with Vancouver’s elite, and the growth in the area was stimulated by the opening of the new Granville Street Bridge in 1909.

The McRae’s had a vision, and here I sit high on a bluff overlooking Downtown Vancouver, one of the grand mansions of Shaughnessy that still survives.

I have long been silent, entranced by decades of memories as I’ve watched life flow in and around me and my gardens. Silver haired ladies, their heads bent in concentration over a card game…young people admiring the beauty of my gardens…the soft brush of satin dresses as they swirl about the dance floor.

The tight brows on the visiting youth who breathe in all that they can about the heritage of the house, and history of the city in which they live. And, of course, watching as the seasons change and the joy as the signs for Hycroft for the Holidays appear and everyone is suddenly so busy.

Not all is perfect. I have bad dreams, where I’m alone and the only sound is the ticking of the clock resonating through my empty and dusty halls. Is this now or in a distant future? I fear it is closer than I think, and it makes me very sad.

I have witnessed much change over the years and the beauty and splendour remain both inside and outside. However, there are some things I must share with you. I have aged and need your help to strengthen, restore and protect me so I can be around for another century.

Is it urgent? Yes. Will I have to shut down for repairs to happen? No. The repairs will take place according to the level of urgency and will be as unobtrusive as possible.

I’m asking for your help. I promise many wonderful years to come and you can all take pride in your contribution to the next 100 years.

The House


Dear Club Members,

Now, more than ever before, our needs are beyond urgent. We are at a tipping point with many urgent repairs from the Terrace to the roof and on. We URGE our members to give generously as we strive to make the repairs to our beloved house so she can stand tall for another century.

As we enter the season of giving, we wish to remind members who value and enjoy our historic Hycroft Mansion to consider making a much-needed donation to the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation (HHPF).

HHPF, a registered charity, was established in 1991 “to fund, facilitate, promote, and carry out activities and programs which promote the conservation, preservation, and maintenance of the buildings and grounds of the property Hycroft.”

The preservation and maintenance costs of Hycroft are significant and regular maintenance protects and prevents further deterioration of our beloved Hycroft.

Please consider a generous donation this year. The House needs our help more than ever before. A charitable tax receipt for 2023 will be issued for donations of $25 or more made before December 31,2023. A charitable donation from your investment portfolio, rather than cash, may generate greater tax savings. Your financial advisor can assist with this.

We wish to honour our members with special recognition for yearly donations of $1,000 or more. These donors will be invited to a champagne brunch in February.

In 2024, you may want to consider making additional monthly donations to HHPF. For your convenience, please click on the link below to make a donation.

All donors are recognized publicly unless anonymity is requested. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a joyous New Year!


HHPF Board of Directors