242 6th Street West

Proscenium led a restoration and renovation project of 242 6th Street West, a valued Heritage house in North Vancouver. Formerly a single-family home, the building was converted into a duplex, with a full suite in one side and an infill house on the lane. A site that housed one family now houses four, keeping in line with the goal of densification for neighbourhoods in close proximity to downtown. The project went through a rezoning and a heritage review.

The Witton Residence, built in 1914, is valued for its Edwardian-era architecture designed by Blackadder & MacKay and its association with the historical Ottawa Gardens development. Proscenium’s design maintains the heritage value of the house and its expression on the exterior, while adding a new addition that complements (but doesn’t mimic) the original cladding. Some original elements have been restored, including stained glass windows, existing shingle siding, a belly-band and bell curve skirt on the shingles. An exploration into the historical paint of the building confirmed a colour scheme of Comox Green, Dunbar Buff and Stratchcona Red for the window trim, which was matched. The project has been well received by the neighbourhood, preserving many important historical characteristics and establishing the building as a viable multi-family home for years to come.

Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards

Proscenium worked with the City of North Vancouver to renovate the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards into an adaptable and desirable community event space. On a tight budget and schedule, our team sought to bring out the best in the 1940’s Pipefitter’s Building by using white paint to focus attention on the heavy timber structure.

Locating a small addition of washrooms, a servery and a projector surface to the far end of the building, the remainder of the space is left flexible for a wide variety of community events. Since its renovation, the Pipe Shop has become an integral part of the Lower Lonsdale hub, hosting hundreds of weddings, yoga classes, galas, pop-up markets, learning initiatives, photo shoots, sporting events, fundraisers, corporate events and more. A red corridor has been carved out of our addition to direct the public to the washrooms and energize the atmosphere in the venue.

In 2019, Proscenium completed a second phase of renovations, establishing an architecturally unique staircase to connect the mezzanine and updating HVAC and lighting systems.


Christ Church Cathedral Exterior

The purpose of the current and final phase of the Restoration & Rejuvenation of Christ Church Cathedral is to replace the roof – improving weather protection and thermal performance while integrating acoustic upgrades and completing the seismic diaphragm.

The crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly anticipated bell-spire at the north-east corner of the Cathedral set atop the existing elevator core – part of a previous accessibility upgrade. This open glass and steel structure housing four custom cast bronze bells will be the last significant Architectural addition to the project. The bell spire bridges the aesthetic gap between the Cathedral and it’s modern accessibility addition. Material inspiration is drawn from the Cathedral itself, then informed by the sleek concrete lines of the addition. The bell spire glass features a design by Canadian artist Sarah Hall. Titled “Welcoming Light” – it recalls the “beacon on the hill” analogy used to describe the Cathedral’s iconic profile in Vancouver’s historic cityscape.

BMO Theatre Centre

The BMO Theatre Centre is the new home for the Arts Club Theatre Company and Bard on the Beach. The project entailed a complete fit-out of an existing  space with a 250 seat theatre, rehearsal halls, costume shops and offices for the two groups. The work included the infill of an existing double height space to facilitate a VIP balcony in the lobby and a perimeter catwalk for the theatre. The lobby facilitates pre-show gatherings and provides space for live music and a wine bar.

Base Building by GBL Architects.

Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre

In Partnership with Marshall Tittemore Architects

As the cultural anchor for Calgary’s West Village, the Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre builds on the existing legacy of the theatre by creating a central hub for the local arts scene. The project team completed schematic design for the renovation and upgrade of the two existing theatres (the Joyce Doolittle Theatre and the Victor Mitchell Theatre), including the addition of a 150-seat black box theatre, rehearsal hall, restaurant, and a business centre for use by non-profit arts organizations. Bow River Pumphouse No. 2, the focus of the development, is a heritage resource that will be conserved as part of the project.