Vancouver’s Heritage Colours

True Colours program

More on colour: Black and white archive photos don’t help owners researching historic colours when restoring heritage homes. Writing color notes, I rarely paint on site in my sketchbook – adding pigment later. (When dawing a quick series, damp pages can easily damage ).

Vancouver owners can choose from Dunbar Buff, Strathcona Gold, Comox Green and Pendrell Verdigris are just some names of Benjamin Moore house paints. In the 1990s, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation (VHF) began a program to assist Heritage home owners with a grant under the True Colours program. See link for details: True Colours-palette – Don Luxton: The True Colours program has been a remarkable experience. When the program started, we could not have anticipated the depth and richness of the historical palette that we would uncover, the interest that this would generate among homeowners and the general public and the ongoing desire for information about authentic heritage colours. … He worked with VHF, showing how to scrape down through layers of paint to find hidden original colours, then Benjamin Moore paints produced a whole line based on colours found in Vancouver. The web page explains it in detail. (Access at Vancouver Heritage Foundation web site.)

Published by Jo Scott-B

Exploring medieval design and fascinated by leaf patterns *Founding member of Heritage Vancouver, *Served on The City of Vancouver’s Heritage Commission *Heritage Award for her paintings of grocery stores built in Vancouver in the 1930s and earlier * Artist in Residence at Cannery in Steveston BC

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