first_imgNearly a year after the closure of the Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop, the central wing of the downtown Vancouver Schofield Building is showing new signs of life.The front windows and doors have been covered with plywood, masking a large-scale and long-awaited renovation project taking place inside, intended to overhaul what is — at least in part — the oldest commercial building in downtown Vancouver.But while the project aims to modernize the building’s structure and uses, it also seeks to emphasize the building’s legacy and preserve its historical value. When the restoration is completed, the goal is for the building’s exterior to look just like it did in the early 1900s.Restoration in phasesThe restoration is being led by Robert Aschieris and other members of the Schofield family, who collectively own the building through Schofield Properties. Aschieris serves as the general manager of the company, representing the fifth generation of family ownership; he says he can remember his grandfather taking him on a tour of the building when he was just 5 years old.The Schofield Building has technically been under renovation for four years, but that’s because the term “Schofield Building” refers to the entire contiguous block of single-story storefronts along the north side of West Sixth Street from Washington Street to Main Street, as well as the two-story building that wraps around the corner and continues halfway up the block on Main Street.last_img read more