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Hawks Avenue Rowhouse
added December 21, 2020
Hawks Avenue Rowhouse
Strathcona was home to a number of these rowhouses in the early 1900s (this one was built in 1908). The neighbourhood had been zoned industrial since the 1930s, making it virtually impossible to obtain financing for renovations, and as a result many of the area's homes fell into ruin and were torn down. Several of these units were condemned in the 1980s, but an intrepid group of investors pooled their funds, bought this rowhouse for $180,000 and fixed them all up. 

G&T Grocery
added December 21, 2020
G&T Grocery
This Strathcona apartment building was completed in 1911 at a cost of $5000. There was a convenience store on the ground floor for many years. 

414 Alexander Street
added December 21, 2020
414 Alexander Street
It's hard to believe that this is the same house, but it is. I checked. All of the trimmings have been lost to time, and at some point the house was raised and covered in asphalt shingles. It is also one of the oldest remaining houses in Vancouver, the 10th house to be hooked up to Vancouver's water supply in 1889, when it was built. Surprisingly, it is not on Vancouver's heritage register, and is now surrounded by commercial buildings, so who knows how long it will last.

Christ Church Cathedral
added December 19, 2020
Christ Church Cathedral
Built in 1895, the church is the oldest surviving building in downtown Vancouver. Almost demolished in 1971, millions have since been spent on seismic upgrading and other improvements over the years.  The relative youth of Vancouver is demonstrated by the fact that both Burrard and Georgia Streets were dirt roads just over 100 years ago. 

11th and Yukon
added December 17, 2020
11th and Yukon
The City Hall area boasts hundreds of these elegant Edwardian homes between Cambie and Main Street. This one, at 11th and Yukon, dates from around 1910

3350 Manitoba
added December 17, 2020
3350 Manitoba
This beautiful old house was built in 1916 and has been well taken care of over the years.  Mr. Ing, who lived there in the 1920s, donated to the City several old photographs of the house and its occupants, giving us a glimpse of life in old Vancouver.  

Edith Cavell Elementary School
added December 17, 2020
Edith Cavell Elementary School
Built in 1920, this Cambie-area elementary school is named after Edith Cavell, a WW I British nurse who was executed by the Germans in 1915. 

2784 W 49th
added December 17, 2020
2784 W 49th
The roofline has changed a little in 80 years, and there's a lot more foliage around. 

Brookhouse Residence
added December 09, 2020
Brookhouse Residence
Built in 1908 and almost demolished in 2013, this Queen Anne style home was recently reduced to its studs and rebuilt with six strata units and a townhouse addition in the rear. According to the developer, it would have been more profitable to demolish the old house and replace it with shiny new condos, but as a resident of the neighbourhood he felt that heritage preservation was important. Score one for the good guys!  

Canadian Bag Company
added December 09, 2020
Canadian Bag Company
In 1929 the Canadian Bag Company occupied 1010 Raymur Street, attracted by the recent creation of False Creek Flats and the rail lines nearby.  in 2012 Low Tide Properties acquired the building, renovated it extensively, and leased it to one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. 

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