YMCA Vancouver: Later Incarnations

CVA BuN151: YMCA Building at northeast corner of Cambie and Dunsmuir, 1941.

CVA BuN151: YMCA Building at northeast corner of Cambie and Dunsmuir, 1941.

The image above shows the 3rd incarnation (I think) of the YMCA in the City of Vancouver. (The first and second buildings were on Hastings, just east of Cambie Street).

Author's image, Dunsmuir and Cambie (northeast corner), 2013.

Author’s image, Dunsmuir and Cambie (northeast corner), 2013.

The 1941 photo of the Y was probably one of the final images taken at this location. By late 1940, the next building (on Burrard at Barclay, just behind First Baptist Church) was nearly finished.

VPL 15848: YMCA at Burrard and Barclay, Frank Leonard Photo, 1940.

VPL 15848: YMCA at Burrard and Barclay, Frank Leonard Photo, 1940.

Today, the YMCA remains at Burrard and Barclay, but it has changed. As of 2010, it became known as the Robert Lee YMCA (after the Vancouver philanthropist and major benefactor of the Y). While the  City of Vancouver required that the facade of the 1940 building be retained, the interior was gutted and utterly transformed and enlarged, and an enormous condo tower was attached to help finance the changes.

Author's image, 2013.

Author’s image, 2013

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