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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

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. 

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