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Cornwall and Yew Street
added December 01, 2020
Cornwall and Yew Street
 I had no idea that the building on the right, which until recently housed a popular Starbucks, was over 80 years old. This photograph shows the original tenants on the street, Kitsilano Tea Rooms, Pollyanna Home Cooking, Blenheim Apartments and Consolidated Grocers. Across the street are the tennis courts and the outdoor pool of Kitsilano Beach, a busy (usually) summer spot. 

4th Ave and Yew Street
added December 01, 2020
4th Ave and Yew Street
 This old beauty has had some work done over the years, transforming from a dowdy old CIBC branch to a lifestyle-related retailer which specializes in selling apparel, clothing accessories and apartment products. Looking pretty good for 108! 

Granville Street looking north from Davie
added December 01, 2020
Granville Street looking north from Davie
 There are a few remnants still visible today from the Roaring '20s, most notably the St Helens Hotel. It's now a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, and the neighbourhood has seen better days. 

National Biscuit Company
added December 01, 2020
National Biscuit Company
 Renowned maker of such culinary delights as Red Arrow Biscuits, Lucky Torpedoes and Lost Lagoon Chocolate, the building now houses an upscale furniture retailer

Chalmers Presbyterian Church
added December 01, 2020
Chalmers Presbyterian Church
 Built in 1912, closed in 1990, taken over by the Anglican Church and renamed Holy Trinity

Kitsilano Theatre
added November 30, 2020
Kitsilano Theatre
 This nondescript building on a busy street in Kits has a colourful past. Originally built in 1913 for the Vaudeville circuit, it became a movie house until the doors were closed in 1955.  The Russian Community Centre took it over in 1958, and in 1966 it became The Afterthought, a psychedelic concert hall. The Grateful Dead and Steve Miller played there, among others. 

The Naam
added November 30, 2020
The Naam
 One of the city's most popular vegetarian restaurants, the Naam opened in 1968 when Kits was known as Rainbow Road. It's open 24/7 and has remained virtually unchanged, both inside and out. 

144 East 6th Avenue
added November 30, 2020
144 East 6th Avenue
 Along with the nearby Depancier house, this one might qualify as the oldest residence outside the downtown core. Built in 1894 or so, the photograph is from 1958, the oldest one I could find. The house is now home to The James Black Gallery

Depencier House
added November 30, 2020
Depencier House
 This Edwardian style house, built around 1894, is regarded as the oldest currently occupied single family residence outside of the downtown core. It has gone through many incarnations, including a brothel, candy company, shoe repair and restaurant

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. 

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