2020 Painting Conservation Project
Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden transports visitors on an unparalleled journey through time and space as they discover the beautiful architecture, design, and origins, of this stunning Vancouver landmark. Nowhere is this more pronounced than when strolling through the stunning corridors and walkways of the Garden. The high ceiling rafters made of camphor-wood, coupled with the elegantly crafted pillars of prized nan-wood and lacquered Chinese fir, along with the delicate latticework found on screens and railings, all combine to showcase the craftsmanship and skill of the 53 artisans that worked to construct this beautiful space, using only traditional mortise-and-tenon building techniques from the 1500s, which allow for no nails, screws, or glue when building.
In an effort to protect and preserve the stunning craftsmanship of this woodwork the Garden is working alongside our partners at the Vancouver Park Board, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and Heritage BC, to restore the true colours of key sections of the Garden, bringing out the Garden’s original vibrancy and enhancing its unique cultural characteristics.
Due to the unique and delicate nature of this restoration work, our conservation team are working with skilled painters and heritage specialists who have closely studied the work of the original artisans who traveled from China to construct the Garden.
Throughout July and August this team of specialist painters will be working their way around the Garden removing and restoring sections of paintwork. If you are visiting the Garden during the work, we invite you to participate in this educational experience and interact with our skilled painting crew.
As a visitor to the Garden your admission directly supports our ongoing conservation efforts and our goal to protect this beautiful space for many generations to come.
This project was funded in part by Heritage BC through the Heritage Legacy Fund. We would like to thank our partners at Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and Heritage BC for their contributions and support for our conservation projects.
Photos by Shayla Perreault + Larry Chin