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666 Alexander
added December 09, 2020
666 Alexander
In the early 1900s this street in Strathcona was known as Vancouver's red light district. Some of the buildings, such as this one, were expressly built for the purpose of prostitution. Being a stone's throw from the dockyards, business was very good, for a few years anyway. By 1918 most of the madams had left the area for parts unknown. Although much of historic Strathcona is being preserved and protected with heritage-friendly zoning, this area north of Hastings is still at risk of demolition and redevelopment. Trivia: In 1913, William Morrison spent 30 days in jail for playing a piano in 666 Alexander.

Cambie and Cordova
added December 08, 2020
Cambie and Cordova
A street scene from 1899. Some of the buildings are still standing, including the one on the far left. The neighbourhood is slowly becoming gentrified, led as usual by trendy furniture stores and coffee shops.   

5575 Angus Drive
added December 08, 2020
5575 Angus Drive
The home of local businessman and politician William Banfield.

5975 Angus
added December 08, 2020
5975 Angus
This is one of the few Shaughnessy homes I could find that can still be seen from the street. So many others are hidden behind giant hedges and trees. 

Crystal Finish Photo
added December 08, 2020
Crystal Finish Photo
I vaguely remember this eye-catching sign advertising photo finishing services on Broadway in Mount Pleasant. Not a huge demand for film processing these days. 



25 West 8th
added December 08, 2020
25 West 8th
Lansair Automotive Parts is long gone, replaced by a coffee shop that sells experimental beers. Or something. I don't know. Their website is so hip I can't understand it. 

3338 The Crescent
added December 08, 2020
3338 The Crescent
The Shatford House is one of the original estates on this picturesque street that surrounds one of the prettiest parks in the city.  

Kirklands Metal Shop
added December 07, 2020
Kirklands Metal Shop
The heritage-designated front facade has been retained, but nothing else remains of this 1926 structure. Image courtesy of http://www.alexmorrison.org/

5516 Dalhousie Road
added December 07, 2020
5516 Dalhousie Road
Originally built in 1927, this UBC area apartment complex continues to offer housing for out of town students and faculty.  

McGavin Bakeries, Kitsilano
added December 02, 2020
McGavin Bakeries, Kitsilano
The neighborhood must have smelled like Butter-Krust bread back in the day. The building is almost unrecognizable now, having undergone extensive renovations and additions. Further changes are unavoidable, as a Skytrain station is going in across the street, bringing with it inevitable high rises and fast food joints.

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