|The Arts Centre Expansion Project involved relocating a well-known heritage home - the Centennial Appleyard House - onto the grounds of the existing Arts Centre. In our planning, we learned that modern fire code regulations require that public-use wood-frame buildings must be 20 feet apart. The Atrium was conceived by the Art Centre's Planning Committee as a way to fill that space, connect the historical buildings, and to add function, beauty and design to the Centre. Making the Connection became the theme of the entire expansion project.
The exhibition Making the Connection, is a collection of photographs documenting the expansion of the Port Moody Arts Centre as it was connected to the historic Appleyard house. The daily activities of the transformation were photographed by Arts Centre staff, and historical images were contributed by the Appleyard family.
The completion of the Atrium and Centennial Appleyard House has created new studios - two indoor and one outdoor - as well as the new Appleyard Parlour, which will serve as a community gathering space, as well as a facility for special Arts Centre events and rental space for private functions.
This project is a wonderful opportunity and legacy for the City of the Arts.