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Capilano Brewing Company
added May 18, 2024
Capilano Brewing Company
Capilano Brewing Company was founded in 1934 by Fritz Sick, whose family owned breweries throughout Canada and the US. After moving from this location to 1550 Burrard Street, Capilano Brewing was purchased by Molson's in 1958. (1941 Leonard Frank photo from Vancouver City Archives). 

195 W 23rd Avenue
added May 17, 2024
195 W 23rd Avenue
Great Kodachrome photo of 1970s Vancouver from Pop Snap. (1970s photo from Pop Snap).

False Creek 1885
added May 17, 2024
False Creek 1885
In 1885, while the Metis and the Canadian Government were battling it out on the Prairies, the Statue of Liberty was making its way from France to New York City. And oh yeah,  Lachlan Hamilton took a break from surveying and naming Vancouver's streets to shoot this image of False Creek from what is now Sunset Beach. (1885 image from Vancouver City Archives).

Morisette Farmhouse
added May 06, 2024
Morisette Farmhouse
Although the photo is not old (1974), this house is one of the oldest in the Dunbar neighbourhood.  The Morrisette family built their home in 1912, across the street from a 10 acre parcel of land that they farmed. It has heritage status now, and is being carefully renovated into a private residence again, after a career as a rest home. (1974 photo from Vancouver City Archives). 

Hammond Furniture
added March 10, 2024
Hammond Furniture
Ernie Hammond started his furniture business in 1927, moving to this massive warehouse when it was built in 1937. For a time they also owned the building across the street (now home to Mr. Mattress). Hammond Furniture last appeared in City Directories in 1976. (1948 photo from Vancouver City Archives). 

Secord Hotel
added February 21, 2024
Secord Hotel
Built in 1890, the Secord is one of Vancouver's oldest hotels outside of Gastown. It's location in the middle of Japantown was perfect for providing housing to families of workers at Hastings Mill just down the road. For years it was a liquor-free establishment, but by 1920 it had been taken over and renamed the Imperial Hotel, with a beer parlour on the ground floor. In 1947 the name was changed again to the Marr and it became a popular watering hole, until BC Housing purchased it and converted it into a SRO, managed by Atira(1890 photo from Vancouver Photo Archives). 

The Anchor Hotel
added February 14, 2024
The Anchor Hotel
There has been a hotel at the corner of  Columbia, Powell and Alexander Streets since 1887. The present structure was built between 1905 and 1912, and was originally called the City Hotel. The railroad ran so close to the building that the corner had to be lopped off to accomodate it. Over the years it has been home to many bars and clubs, and after a major renovation is seeking tenants. (1973 photo from Vancouver city Archives). 

The Shelly Building
added February 08, 2024
The Shelly Building
Originally called the Duncan Building when it was built in 1912, it was renamed the Shelly Building in 1925 when it was bought by William Curtis Shelly for his wife Cora. It continues to operate as a commercial and retail centre. (1912 photo from Vancouver Photos Archives). 

Salvation Army Temple
added February 04, 2024
Salvation Army Temple
Built in 1949 for the Salvation Army, this rare Moderne style building also served as a Buddhist Temple for many years, but has been sitting empty for over 20 years. The site is currently owned by Vancouver Coastal Health, who have threatened to demolish the building. (1951 photo from PNG Archives). 

Edward Lipsett Ltd
added January 30, 2024
Edward Lipsett Ltd
Edward Lipsett started his sail making company on Water Street in 1891, and soon graduated to selling fishing, boating and hunting supplies. He ran the  business until his death in 1948.  (1947 photo from Vancouver City Archives).

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