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City still mulling hue of Steveston tram barn

Once finished, the barn will serve as a museum for tram No. 1220. -
Once finished, the barn will serve as a museum for tram No. 1220.
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Will it be deep rose or dark burgundy? Perhaps raisin torte.

All three are in the running as colours for a new tram barn—a $1.3-million project approved by city council seven months ago, with one decision left on colour.

Councillors had quibbled with the shade chosen by Architects Birmingham and Wood, and asked staff to investigate the “appropriateness” of the colour.

At a parks committee meeting Tuesday, city staff recommended the 2,800-square-foot barn be adorned with a “deep rose” colour. Staff contend the hue relates to the characteristics of the historic village and riverfront buildings of Steveston. It also fits with the colour of industrial buildings in the early 20th century in the Lower Mainland.

Although the other options stay true to the historic colour palette used throughout the height of settlement in Vancouver, they’re “less compatible” for the project, said project co-ordinator Tara van Voorst Vader, in a report.

The city is hiring a general contractor to build the wood-frame barn, which is scheduled to be complete by October.

Once finished, the barn will serve as a museum for tram No. 1220—an electricity-powered tram that once transported commuters from Steveston to downtown Vancouver in 45 minutes.

The barn will be built near the playground in Steveston Park and allow the tram to roll out on tracks for outdoor display.

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