Soon Riverview could be utilized for more than just haunting film sets and dog walking. BC Housing is mid-way through a public consultation process to help determine what lays in store for the landmark 244-acre Coquitlam property.
The process started in February 2014 with open houses and online engagement. The latest consultation involved co-design sessions led by architect and urban designer Stanley King. His artists drew participants’ ideas for Riverview’s future.
In total, over 45 illustrations were developed and posted online at www.renewingriverview.com.
Now BC Housing is asking the public to RATE IDEAS in the illustrations to help guide future planning for the site.
At its peak, Riverview housed more than 7,000 patients and staff in multiple buildings. In addition to the mental health facilities and staff housing, Riverview was a fully functional community, with a farm, fire hall, bakery, and cemetery.
Many of the Riverview buildings remain standing, although their conditions are deteriorating. The Lawn Buildings – West, Center and East Lawn – are impressive examples of Edwardian architecture dating from between 1913 and 1930.
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