One of the more common complaints you hear about Vancouver is that it doesn't preserve its heritage buildings.

That has to do with a lot of things. Our climate, for example, doesn't necessitate the construction of brick and concrete structures that last over decades.

And then, of course, there's the little matter of that earthquake the city has been waiting on for years.

Complaints persist, but there have been many attempts to preserve Vancouver heritage buildings regardless. Here's a few Vancouver buildings that have survived through the ages.

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  • Beatty Street Drill Hall

    A drill hall located on Beatty Street just before the Georgia Viaduct is one of Vancouver's more prominent heritage buildings.

  • Brock House

    Brock House was formerly a private residence and RCMP detachment. Today it's a venue for weddings and seniors' activities, and is an example of Vancouver's heritage buildings.

  • Christ Church Cathedral

    Christ Church Cathedral was built in 1894 and today it houses an Anglican congregation downtown.

  • Hastings Mill Store

    The Hastings Mill store sits at the foot of Alma Street. It was moved there by barge in 1930 and today it houses a museum at Pioneer Park.

  • Orpheum Theatre

    The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927. Originally a vaudeville movie palace, today it houses the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

  • Provincial Courthouse

    One of Downtown Vancouver's most prominent heritage buildings, the provincial courthouse stopped processing cases long ago and today it houses the Vancouver Art Gallery.

  • Seaforth Armoury

    This Canadian Forces Armoury is home to the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, a Canadian Forces Infantry Regiment.

  • St. Andrew's Wesley Church

    St. Andrew's Wesley Church, built in 1933, sports a mock 14th-century Gothic tower and hosts a congregation of the United Church of Canada. Lead minister Gary Paterson was recently named moderator of the United Church.

  • Stanley Theatre

    The Stanley Theatre opened as a movie house in 1930. Closed in 1991, it was reopened as a theatrical venue under the direction of the Arts Club Theatre Company and today hosts some of Vancouver's most popular theatre productions.

  • Vancouver Rowing Club Clubhouse

    Located in Stanley Park, the Rowing Club Clubhouse is a popular venue for weddings and private parties. The clubhouse was opened in 1911.