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Vancouver Post Office
added February 03, 2021
Vancouver Post Office
This building was completed in 1910, and served as Vancouver's main post office until 1958.  In the 1980s the entire block, consisting of four separate buildings, was consolidated into the Sinclair Centre, connected by a glass-roofed Atrium. In this 1936 image, the building was being decorated for Vancouver's Golden Jubilee

Hotel Europe
added February 01, 2021
Hotel Europe
This well-known heritage building was Canada's first reinforced concrete structure, when it was built in 1909. Business was booming for the first few years, as it was close to the old steamship docks, but when the Hotel Vancouver opened up across town, the city centre gradually moved north and west, and the hotel fell into disrepair. It has since been restored, converted to affordable housing and retains many of its original finishings. It is apparently haunted.

Dominion Building
added February 01, 2021
Dominion Building
When it was completed in 1910, the Dominion Trust Building was the first steel-framed building in Vancouver, and the tallest commercial structure in the British Empire.  At the time, this street was the banking centre of the city. It's $600,000 price tag forced the builder, the Imperial Trust Company, to merge with its rival, the Dominion Trust Company. It's one of the few Beaux-Arts style buildings in the city. 

Expo 86 East Gate
added February 01, 2021
Expo 86 East Gate
Not much remains of the Expo 86 grounds. I was able to line up the Skytrain tracks with Science World to approximate the location of the East Gate Entrance. 

Stratford Hotel
added January 31, 2021
Stratford Hotel
Built in 1912 at the edge of Chinatown, the Stratford Hotel has seen better days.  It was built during an economic boom in Vancouver, but over the years, the centre of town drifted over to the north west, and the building languished, surviving several fires and miscellaneous shenanigans. These days it is called the Fan Tower, a low income housing facility, with a trendy oyster bar on the ground floor. 

Expo 86 East Gate
added January 28, 2021
Expo 86 East Gate
Science World is one of the few buildings remaining from this amazing summer.  Even the streets and pathways have changed, so it's difficult to find a reference for these old photos.  Original picture courtesy of Ernie Reksten.

Dawson Building
added January 25, 2021
Dawson Building
When it was built in 1911, the Dawson Building towered over its neighbours at Hastings and Main. It was named after George Dawson, who built and operated canneries throughout the province. It's now called the Ford Building and provides housing for low income residents.  

Carnegie Library
added January 25, 2021
Carnegie Library
In 1901 American Industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave the city $50,000 to replace our library that had been destroyed in the Great Fire.  The building was made from Indian Arm granite and Gabriola Island sandstone, and cost over 2 million dollars. Nowadays it operates as the 'living room' for the downtown East Side, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada. 

Yale Hotel
added January 22, 2021
Yale Hotel
This is one of Vancouver's oldest surviving buildings. Completed in 1889, the Yale served as the main source of nightlife for the blue collar workers in Yaletown at the turn of the century. Although it was a long way from downtown Vancouver when it was built, the new streetcar line connected it to Cordova Street and the CP train terminal. Over the years it became famous as a blues venue, and currently has a western theme.  

UEL Administration Building
added January 22, 2021
UEL Administration Building
Administrative offices for the University Endowment Lands, an unincorporated neighbourhood near UBC.   

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