Thursday, April 4, 2013

Brentwood Mall a topic of history presentation

The Burnaby Historical Society will host a presentation by David Pereira (author of one of my favourite blogs to the right) on the history of Brentwood Mall.

Time: Wednesday April 10 at 7:30pm
Location: Burnaby Village Museum

The articles below are from the Burnaby NewsLeader and the Burnaby Now.

Burnaby NewsLeader - Community

Local historian speaks on Brentwood mall's past

Local historian David Pereira will speak on the history of Brentwood Town Centre at the next Burnaby Historical Society meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the carousel pavilion of Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.
The Brentwood mall was built to serve the residents of the homes built in the 1950s  east of Willingdon between Hastings and Lougheed. Anchored by the large Eaton's department store, there was a gas station and garage and Jack Cullen broadcast his music show on CKNW from his record store.
In the 1960s you could look south from the Brentwood parking lot and the only tall structure you could see was a white ventilation tower sporting "SEARS" in blue letters. Today you can scarcely see the Sears sign because of all the high-rise  buildings built at Metrotown, something that's set to happen at Brentwood in coming years.

History of Brentwood Town Centre revealed

Curious about the history of Burnaby's Brentwood Town Centre?
The Burnaby Historical Society is hosting David Pereira for a talk on the bygone days of the local mall.
According to the society, Eaton's was Brentwood's early anchor tenant, and Jack Cullen would broadcast a CKNW music show from his store, where he sold records. These are just a couple of the interesting historical anecdotes tied to Brentwood Town Centre.
The event is on Wednesday, April 10, at 7: 30 p.m. at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Pereira's talk is open to the general public, and admission is free. The museum is 6501 Deer Lake Ave., and the event will be in the carousel building.
Pereira is an amateur local historian who did his master's degree in urban studies at Simon Fraser University, with a focus on town centre planning in Burnaby.
Membership for the Burnaby Historical Society is $15 a year. For more information on how to join, call the Burnaby Village Museum at 604-297-4565. For more local history from Pereira, visit his blog at

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