Tour: Rennie Collection at the Wing Sang Building

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
4 - 5:30 p.m.

9 spots available. Deadline for registration is February 22, 2011.

The Wing Sang is one of the oldest buildings, situated in Vancouver's Chinatown district. The Victorian Italianate structure, located at 51 East Pender Street, was constructed in 1889 for Yip Sang, a prominent Chinese-Canadian businessman whose Wing Sang Company flourished in an era when the Chinese faced discrimination and restrictions.The building has had a rich and varied history and contains the oldest schoolroom in Vancouver. Wing Sang Building acquired historical preservation and heritage designation by the City of Vancouver in 1999.

In 2004, Bob Rennie purchased the building for an office and to house his personal art collection. Michelle Biggar, Principal at mcfarlane | green | biggar architecture design inc., headed up the interior renovation. More than four years of thoughtful restoration and renovation has turned this Vancouver heritage landmark into a private exhibition space for the Rennie Collection, an internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art. Elegant, clean lines integrated with rich historic elements to create expansive spaces for art with focus on identity, social injustice, appropriation, painting and photography.

Michelle Biggar, Principal
McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design

Michelle Biggar is principal at mcfarlane | green | biggar architecture and design inc. and brings 11 years of international interior design experience. Michelle has worked professionally in Australia, the UK, and in Canada on a vast range of projects, from multi-residential interiors to fashion retail, offices, airports, and restaurants. Recently completed projects include Giovane café, bakery + deli, and Oru restaurant (both in Vancouver’s new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Obakki’s flagship store in Gastown). Michelle believes in elegant timeless solutions born from intelligent design. Her aesthetic is clean, modern, and contemplative.


Rennie Collection at Wing Sang Building
51 East Pender Street,
Vancouver, BC

Click HERE for a map of location.

Wednesday, March 2 2011
Professional members:$40
Associate members:$40
Provisional/student members: $30
4 to 5:30 p.m. (PST)
3:45 p.m. (PST)
Attendees to meet in the reception area of the Rennie.
1 hour of self-directed learning