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.