Grunt Blue Cabin Relocation
Glenn Alteen (Client): “Without Michael the cabin may have been lost. This opportunity to access project management skills has been amazing. This kind of skill would otherwise not be accessible by my organization.”
Michael Jackson (Volunteer Project Manager): “The Blue Cabin Restoration project has opened my eyes to the local artist community by allowing me to work with a number of dedicated artists who are passionate in saving some of Vancouver’s historical legacy through the remediation and repurposing the last of the foreshore squatters cabins.”
Saving the Foreshore Cabin
GRUNT is an artist-run centre founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC. Glenn Alteen, artist and Program Director of the grunt, is acting on behalf of Al Neil and Carole Itter, well known senior artists and long-time residents of the last remaining foreshore dwelling on the Burrard Inlet, to assist in saving the little blue cabin from demolition, and to find it a permanent home and use. Joining forces with Barbara Cole, artist, curator and Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, a non-profit arts organization that presents temporary art projects in public spaces, and Esther Rausenberg, artist and Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl and Co Artistic Director of Creative Cultural Collaboration Society, this group of concerned artists and producers are working together to ensure this culturally significant dwelling has a future.
The cabin was sitting on pylons on Port Metro Vancouver property between Cates Park and what was the old MacKenzie Barge operation on the North Shore. The MacKenzie Barge site was purchased by Polygon Homes for a condominium development. Part of Polygon’s requirements from the District of North Vancouver and Port Metro was to remediate the site, including the foreshore where the cabin was located. Polygon has assisted with the costs of moving the cabin to a temporary storage site 5.4 km away.
The project involved coordinating several companies that had agreed to contribute to saving the cabin.
DELIVERABLES AND RESULTS
To date, the cabin has successfully been moved to a temporary place. A direct truck access to the cabin had to be built. Assessment is in progress to determine restoration needs. Also, efforts are underway to identify a permanent place and use for the cabin.