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Royal Bank, Fairview Branch
added November 29, 2020
Royal Bank, Fairview Branch
 Back when this picture was taken, people drove on the left side of the road, Emily Carr taught painting a few blocks away, and you could buy a lot in Shaughnessy Heights for $50. 

315 East Broadway
added November 29, 2020
315 East Broadway
 According to the sign on the building, you could dance to Latin-American music at the Blue Star Restaurant and Cafe. 

470 West Hastings
added November 29, 2020
470 West Hastings
 In this one small corner of the city you could find dentists, cigars, typewriters, clothiers, a drug store, and an accordion school back in the day. Today it's pretty much one big coffee shop

Stanley Park Pavilion
added November 29, 2020
Stanley Park Pavilion
 The Pavilion is Stanley Park's oldest structure, and was originally built as a concession stand in 1911. It has been a venue for thousands of dinners, parties, and wedding receptions, none of which I ever attended. In fact, I had never seen the outside of it, let alone the inside, until the other day, when I walked the grounds virtually alone. It's an impressive and iconic place with strong links to the history of Vancouver, and I look forward to spending more time there. 

Glenhaven Memorial Chapel
added November 29, 2020
Glenhaven Memorial Chapel
 I'm old enough to remember 1978 pretty clearly. It doesn't seem that long ago to me. But in these pictures, it feels like a lifetime has passed. Even the road is slumping in the recent picture. The funeral home that once occupied this spot has moved a few blocks down the road to a more upscale neighbourhood

Esquire Cafe
added November 29, 2020
Esquire Cafe
 In the 1940s this stretch of Granville Street was Theatre Row, and movie patrons could go to the Esquire to enjoy a nice pork chop, or get their tea leaves read by Madam Lucille. Time has not been kind to this building. I wonder if all that beautiful neon signage survived somewhere? 

Naffzinger Block
added November 29, 2020
Naffzinger Block
 Almost unrecognizable today, the Naffzinger Block has lost its proud cornice, and the bricks have been painted over so many times they no longer look like bricks. The retail tenants at the time this 1912 picture was taken were Melvin H. Clapp Shoemaker and Robert G. Woods Candies, now replaced by a yoga studio and hair salon. Notice that West Broadway was still a dirt road. 

200 Carrall Street
added November 29, 2020
200 Carrall Street
 The Second Fergusson Block was built just a year after the first one burned down in the Gastown Fire of 1886. When it was finished, lawyers moved in upstairs and A.M. Tyson sold 'Gents Furnishings' on the main floor. Today it's a restaurant up and a clothing store down. 

100 East Hastings Street
added November 29, 2020
100 East Hastings Street
 This is one of Vancouver's oldest wooden buildings. When it was built sometime around 1890, it stood "alone in the bushes of Hastings Street; there were some Chinese shacks on Dupont Street near it, but on Hastings Street it was the only building.” It was badly damaged during the Chinatown riots in 1908 but somehow managed to survive that and everything else that subsequent years threw at it. 

Burns Block
added November 29, 2020
Burns Block
 A survivor from 1909, Burns Block outlived its next door neighbour the Pantages Theatre, a popular movie and vaudeville house. On Google Maps you can make out the triangular shape of the building, caused partly by a rail line right-of-way (whose ghostly footprint can still be seen, cutting diagonally through several city blocks). Today you can rent a 236 square foot micro-loft and live downtown for cheap! (You might notice I really cheated on the perspective of this shot: the original was shot from a window in the building across the street, and I was on the ground.

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