In 1978, when the provincial government announced funding for a new tower complex (the Laurel, now Jim Pattison Pavilion) as part of a major rebuilding program, it was agreed that most of the existing VGH buildings would eventually be demolished, with additional open space created for the property.
Originally, the Heather Pavilion was included in the demolition plan. After several years of phased construction of the new tower, as well as ongoing work on the overall upgrades to the VGH property, a positive report from Henriquez Partners Architects about the Heather Pavilion noted that it was about 90% intact, and that it would be comparable in cost to rehabilitate the historic structure rather than demolish and replace it.
As such, in 1994, a few dedicated advocates formed the Heather Heritage Society to help preserve the Heather Pavilion as an important part of Vancouver’s architectural, social and cultural history.
Due to its significant historic value, the city agreed that the Heather Pavilion should be preserved, and it was designated as a heritage building in 2002 as part of the rezoning of the VGH campus.
The Society now has over a hundred dedicated members, and continues to promote the adaptive reuse of the Heather Heritage Pavilion.