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Main Street between 7th and 8th
added November 30, 2020
Main Street between 7th and 8th
 Mount Pleasant was Vancouver's first suburb, providing affordable homes to working class families in the city. Calladine's Grocery offered home delivery to the area. 

1024 Cardero
added November 30, 2020
1024 Cardero
 These two homes were built around 1908, and one is now a popular coffee shop for the West End crowd. The other one got a new hat! 

Little Cottage Confectionary and Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Little Cottage Confectionary and Grocery
 I imagine a lot of love went into the transformation of this corner store into a beautiful home. It's getting hard to find these little neighbourhood retail relics, although I recently came across a good trove of old photos so I'm going to focus for a while on finding the remaining ones in the City. 

Cardero Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Cardero Grocery
 One of the West End's first convenience stores, the Cardero Grocery closed in 2017 and it, along with the house next door, were sold to an investment company for around $4 million. Plans for the future are unknown, but the property, although designated by the City as having significant heritage value, is not legally protected from demolition. The houses were built in the early 1900s

Seaforth Armoury
added November 30, 2020
Seaforth Armoury
 Home of the legendary Seaforth Highlanders, whose exploits are well documented here. There are also lots of great shots of the armoury before, during and after construction. 

Bessborough Armoury
added November 30, 2020
Bessborough Armoury
 This picture was taken the year the Armoury was built. Lots of interesting reading here, including how it managed to get built during the Great Depression and why it sits nestled in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. 

Helen's Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Helen's Grocery
 I can't find much on the history of this store, but it's still in business for the time being, and it's right up the street from me. The building dates from 1912 and is destined to be replaced by a  two-storey duplex

Japanese School
added November 30, 2020
Japanese School
 Built to educate the children of Japanese immigrants who came here in the late 1800s, the building is now a national historic site. The treatment of people of Japanese descent was pretty heartless during World War II, as property was seized and families forced into internment camps. This property is the only asset that was returned to the Japanese community after the War. 

Arbutus Coffee
added November 30, 2020
Arbutus Coffee
 Built in 1907 and originally called the Eureka Grocery, the neighbourhood grocery store was conveniently located next to the interurban rail line that ran to Steveston. Those train tracks became a popular bike path a few years ago, and lots of cyclists now stop here for coconut water and home-made cranberry flax muffins

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

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