Vancouver’s tourism industry is getting another post-pandemic shot in the arm.
A national real estate museum and hall of fame is coming to the city, to celebrate the people behind one of Canada’s oldest economic and cultural institutions.
The facility will take over the ground floor of the to-be-vacated Nordstrom department store in Pacific Centre. An international team of home-staging experts, in conjunction with former Disney exhibit engineers, will implement a vast array of displays to sell the narrative about the dynamic industry which has literally built Canada.
The hall of fame will employ the latest in artificial intelligence and holography. Additionally, the hall of fame will contain a performance space to seat 1,000 people, which will be the permanent home of Urban Development Institute lectures, presentations, debates and cocktail parties.
The first six inductees to the hall of fame will be:
- “Three Greenhorns,” Englishmen Samuel Brighouse, William Hailstone and John Morton, who pioneered Vancouver real estate in the 1860s.
- “Condo King” Bob Rennie.
- Faye Leung, the “hat lady.”
- Arne Olsen, founder of Impark.
More plans will be unveiled at a news conference outside Nordstrom before noon on April 1.
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