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Clarendon Hotel
added November 30, 2020
Clarendon Hotel
 In 1907, the year this hotel was built, the 900 block of Main Street was a popular stop for people coming from New Westminster and the US to the busy port of Vancouver. It's one of a small group of  buildings that owe their existence to the fortunes of the Klondike Gold Rush. In between the two pictures below, the Clarendon changed its name to the American Hotel, and it became known for drugs and violence. A recent renovation has made it a popular destination for burgers and beer

Heritage Hall, Mount Pleasant
added November 30, 2020
Heritage Hall, Mount Pleasant
 This towering Main Street landmark was originally built in 1915 as the south Vancouver post office. Its ornate (by Vancouver standards) design is described in detail here. The original photo was taken from above street level, so the shots don't line up as well as some of the others. 

Quebec Manor Co-op
added November 30, 2020
Quebec Manor Co-op
 Well, the fancy cornice is gone and has been replaced by a looming crane, with others in the background. They're everywhere! But this old beauty isn't going anywhere. Here's some background information on the owner, the builder, and its evolution to a co-op; a well-managed one by the looks of things. 

Simon Fraser Annex
added November 30, 2020
Simon Fraser Annex
 Built in 1929, this building is on the heritage watch list, as it has some architectural significance. Unfortunately its future has been the subject of some debate, as it sits on city-owned land that has been rezoned to increase density. Judging by the For Sale recently added, it's days are numbered. (Use the slider to see the then and now pictures). 

2818 Granville Street
added November 30, 2020
2818 Granville Street
 You have to look pretty hard to see this 100-year-old house peeking over the shops on Granville Street. The website Vancouver As It Was tells an interesting story about feuding bookstores in the neighbourhood back when this picture was taken. 

Granville Island Brewing
added November 30, 2020
Granville Island Brewing
 It wasn't long ago that Granville Island was nothing more than an oil-soaked shanty town full of decrepit warehouses hidden under the Granville Bridge. I remember driving there in the early 1980s and getting stuck in the mud. Now it's one of the city's most popular destinations for both locals and tourists. Many old buildings remain, like this one. and there are some pretty exciting plans for the future.

Granville and 10th
added November 30, 2020
Granville and 10th
 Originally a funeral home, and a big one at that. I'm not sure what the top two floors are now, but the street level is a fancy women's clothing store

Renfrew Lodge
added November 30, 2020
Renfrew Lodge
 Built in 1925, still going strong. One of several well-preserved old apartment buildings in the South Granville neighbourhood. Surprisingly, the Renfrew is not on the heritage register

Laundry Day
added November 29, 2020
Laundry Day
 This is the rear of Point Grey Pharmacy, at 10th and Trimble. There are a number of papered-over windows on 10th Ave., which leads me to wonder how much longer this building will last. The pharmacy is now a couple of blocks west on 10th. 

Granville and Cordova
added November 29, 2020
Granville and Cordova
 This busy corner of the city has gone from selling furs, stationery and moving services to tacos for stoners. The old parking garage that was recently here is being replaced by a 30-storey office tower

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