300 Alexander Street

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This interesting building was constructed in 1922 for the Vancouver & Victoria Stevedoring Company. In addition to its porthole-looking insets and other nautical features, the property has another claim to fame.  It was originally the location of a 'mansion' belonging to RH Alexander, manager of the Hastings Sawmill, whose home was the first to be hooked up to the city's new public water supply.  Over the years it has housed numerous commercial enterprises. Today the back half is used as a warehouse, and the front appears to be unused. It's not on the Heritage Register, so its future is uncertain. (1978 image courtesy of Vancouver City Archives)