However, I am more interested in the relatively distant structure just visible in the background of the photo. It is a little more visible in the detail shown below.
The building appears to be of wood construction. It is described in the Vancouver Public Library image below as a “dry goods store” with, I’m guessing, residential rooms for lease above it.
The image below lends additional confirmation and a little more information about the “dry goods store”. This image is taken from behind the structure and wasn’t the photographer’s primary subject.If you click on the image, a nearer view is revealed. A close look at the back of the building reveals an advertisement for W. D. Muir Grocery. It seems likely to me that the ad is for the structure to which it is affixed, rather than for another location.
An interesting tidbit related to this building is that it seems, from reviewing historic online building permits (a modest improvement valued at $200 was made in 1904), that an early owner was a
W. Duthie. Could this be the grandfather of Celia Duthie, the former owner of Duthies Books (and father of Celia’s dad and bookstore founder, Bill Duthie)? I don’t know anything about the Duthie family history, but would welcome a comment confirming or correcting my speculation from someone who knows.
The flatiron structure which is on the property today seems to me to retain something of the character of the early building. It was built in 1947 and has sort of a post-war, industrial feel to it; the glass brickwork suits it, in my opinion.