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Beatty Street from Dunsmuir to Pender
added November 29, 2020
Beatty Street from Dunsmuir to Pender
 There are a number of buildings appearing in both pictures, including the imposing World Building in the background. The green-domed structure is also called the Sun Tower, and for a couple of years laid claim to being the tallest building in the British Empire, boasting an impressive 17 floors. These days it seems to be in a constant state of repair (not surprising given its age and extreme vertical-ness).


Stanley Theatre
added November 29, 2020
Stanley Theatre
 I would venture to say that most people in Vancouver have been inside the historic Stanley Theatre at least once. Built in 1930, it lasted as a movie house until 1991, and after a few years in development limbo, emerged as the home of the Arts Club Theatre Company. 

Smithe and Beatty
added November 29, 2020
Smithe and Beatty
 Home of the Liquor Control Board Warehouse back in the day, now it's a pricey private school

Fairmont Apartments
added November 29, 2020
Fairmont Apartments
 This happy little building has been sitting at the corner of 10th and Spruce for 93 years. The colourful awnings have been replaced by even more colourful ivy, which turns bright red in the fall. I wonder if the little saplings on Spruce Street are the same trees that are in my picture. 

10th and Main
added November 29, 2020
10th and Main
 Virtually unchanged (except for the tenants and a paint job) since the late 1950s and possibly longer. Buildings like these, as plain as they are, give Mount Pleasant an authentic charm which is rapidly disappearing from the Vancouver landscape. 

Nichol House
added November 29, 2020
Nichol House
 I took this shot when the house came up for sale in 2015, and came across the vintage photo taken 97 years earlier from exactly the same spot where I was standing. Spooky. Three of Vancouver's most prominent families have called it home over the years.  It sits on an acre of land just minutes from the downtown core, a rarity reflected in its recent selling price. As an added bonus, the most recent seller threw in a horror story to sweeten the deal. 

Granville Island Public Market
added November 29, 2020
Granville Island Public Market
 Between 1931 and 1953, Wright's Canadian Rope Company occupied what is now part of the Public Market. In that time they produced wire rope for the Army during WW II as well as international projects like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Vancouver Kid's Market
added November 29, 2020
Vancouver Kid's Market
 The building that currently houses the Granville Island Kid's Market used to manufacture white lead, a toxic substance used on the hulls of boats

The Roxborough
added November 29, 2020
The Roxborough
 Yet another beautifully preserved apartment building in South Granville, complete with parapets and unique arched doorways

323 East Broadway
added November 29, 2020
323 East Broadway
 One of the last private homes on this part of Broadway. Photo courtesy City of Vancouver. 

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