secret spaces


A series of intimate dinners and parties in inspiring spaces

An ongoing series of cocktail parties and intimate dinners in architecturally, historically relevant and / or otherwise inspiring and unique locations.

These photos from recent Secret Spaces events are a fine introduction: a summer cocktail party at the Marine Building penthouse, a sweet spring W2 suite dinner, an autumn dinner at Arthur Erickson’s Baldwin House on Deer Lake Park, a wine tasting at Koo’s Garage and a sizzling summer dinner atop The Keefer Suites penthouse.

For more info about the Secret Spaces series, contact Belinda Bruce at


Marine bldg top moon
Photo credit: Uncle Buddha on Flickr

Upcoming:  Marine Building Penthouse

a summer bash with

Harry Hertscheg (Vancouver International Wine Festival)
& Sabrina Hira (Appellation Wine/ The Passionate Grape)

Hosted by
Urbanics/ Phil Boname

    Friday, August 8:  6:30 – 9:30pm
Where:   Marine Building Penthouse (2000-355 Burrard)
Tickets:  $50 ($25 tax receipt). Includes wine and hors d’oeuvres
Contact:  Belinda Bruce


Join us for a fine summer evening in the Penthouse of the Marine Building, one of the world’s finest Art Deco buildings. Explore the two floors of the private Penthouse while sipping fine vintages and enjoying the stunning view over Vancouver.

HOSTS:  Harry Hertscheg, producer of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, and Sabrina Hira, territory manager for Appellation Wines and owner of boutique wine consultation company The Passionate Grape, combine their grape knowledge to bring you a sizzling selection of wines.

SPACE:  The tallest skyscraper in the British Empire when it opened in 1930, the Marine Building was intended to evoke “some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold.” Designed by McCarter & Nairne, the marine-themed building is a wonder of Art Deco architecture and one of the busiest filming locations in the city. In 1933, A.J.T. (Fred) Taylor, managing director of British Pacific, bought the building and built a lavish Art Deco penthouse on the top floor. A ride on the small period elevator that connects the penthouse with the 18th floor is one of the evening’s highlights.

SPREAD: Canapés and wines specially selected by Harry Hertscheg & Sabrina Hira.

TICKETS:  $50. Tax receipts will be issued for $25. Includes annual membership in Theatre Conspiracy. Info/tickets, contact Belinda Bruce at


Recent Event:  Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables

Scott & Scott Architects’ Studio (Mt. Pleasant)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Scott and Scott photo collage

HOSTS:  Canadian architects David and Susan Scott. The husband-and-wife team co-founded Scott & Scott Architects just over a year ago. Their projects vary in scale and location with a focus on contemporary public buildings and private residences requiring technically rigorous design strategies. Scott & Scott’s portfolio includes Chinatown currywurst restaurant Bestie and a chic Architizer A+ award-winning alpine cabin on Vancouver Island.

The Scotts recently completed their timber-lined studio headquarters on the ground floor of their 1911 home near 19th and Main Street. The converted butcher and grocery shop boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a rear workshop, and a gleaming main space with floors and walls constructed of Douglas Fir planks, which they’ve treated themselves with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax. The tables in the space are also David and Susan originals, constructed of galvanised steel frames and hand-stitched leathers.

 Six fine courses created by the inimitable Kevin Mooney.


Secret Spaces is Theatre Conspiracy’s signature fundraising series to support our productions.



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