Summer Concerts @ Hycroft
It’s said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Vancouver and this 1986 photo from the city archives will do little to persuade otherwise. If Hycroft Manor does have duppies, they’ve been nothing but welcoming on any of our visits. Then again, we haven’t been filming the paranormal movies that the General and his wife Blanche are said to despise.
The horror movie-hating General, aka General Alexander Duncan McRae, hired Thomas Hooper to build his dream mansion between 1909 and 1911. It is the University Women’s Club of Vancouver that is now tasked with looking after Hycroft and its grand staircase, stained glass solariums, ten fireplaces and dance-happy ballroom sprung with seaweed.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to visit Blanche and poke around the Macrae Drawing Room, Library and Terrace, check out the Hycroft Summer Concerts. The Club attracts top flight musicians. This July and August you can buy tickets for the Jazz Summer BBQ Series with Vancouver’s Cory Weeds – saxophonist, past owner of the famed Cellar Night Club – and some of his jazz friends. You can also come in the daytime to listen to the Vancouver Chamber Players performing Mozart, Brahms, Schubert and Debussy.
Written by Elizabeth Newton