1.40 The Arthur Erickson Robson Square Issue
This project began in 1979 when I was on sabbatical leave from Capilano College. A manuscript draft for a book on the history of public and commercial buildings in Vancouver was prepared at that time. The first chapter of Layers is called “From the Old Courthouse to the New.” Two other chapters in Layers also feature the works of Arthur C. Erickson.
In 1979 AEA allowed me to use any or all of the records pertinent to my research, and Alan Bell kindly supplied necessary oral history. In my updating and expanding of chapter one for publication as TCR‘s Robson Square monograph, again AEA was entirely generous in its support. Alan Bell refreshed mv memory of our previous conversations. Noel Best, who was the designer and Project Architect for the Vancouver Art Gallery, provided me with invaluable assistance in writing the section that deals with the transformation of the Old Courthouse.
Michael Smart, Student Associate Visual Media Editor of TCR, contributed energy and advice and took the sequence of photos that show a route across the Square to the Law Courts. Robert G. Sherrin (see TCR 1.37) extended his Walkers series for our use. Jan Koot took the photographs of Robson Square’s magnificent gardens which were designed by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Several photographs by Nathan Hohn who worked with me years ago are also part of this text, as are others which the Vancouver Art Gallery have provided for our use.
I wish also to thank the City of Vancouver Archives, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library, and UBC Press for permitting the publication of many essential materials. Finally I am grateful to Dorothy Jantzen, Editor, for her careful attention to details and for her unflagging interest in this project.
ANN ROSENBERG, Visual Media Editor, The Capilano Review