Hambro Building

CVA Bu N510

CVA Bu N510 “Hambro Bldg Corner of Dunsmuir and Howe Streets” 193- WJ Moore photo.

The structure shown above from the 1930s was the Hambro block. “Hambro” almost certainly is a reference to the private London (UK)-based bank. Sort of a boring building, you say? I tend to agree. The exterior was quite dull – and the exterior of the current occupant of this property, unimaginatively named after its address, 777 Dunsmuir, is likewise so (although there are a great many more floors of architectural dullness in the case of the current occupant).

The two interior images shown below are of a business within the Hambro building, a stock/bond brokerage called E. J. Gibson Company. The shots were taken by Vancouver professional photographer Stuart Thomson a few years after the exterior image was made. The interior, like the exterior, doesn’t appear to have been long on charm, but I think there are interesting elements in both photographs.

CVA 99-4719 E J Gibson Company Ltd office interior at 791 Dunsmuir St. Stuart Thomson photo, 1935.

CVA 99-4719 E J Gibson Company Ltd office interior at 791 Dunsmuir St. Stuart Thomson photo, 1935. The two young men appear to be updating stock prices at local exchanges.

CVA 99-4717 E J Gibson Co., Ltd. Office interior at 791 Dunsmuir St. Stuart Thomson, 1935.

CVA 99-4717 E J Gibson Co., Ltd. Office interior at 791 Dunsmuir St. Stuart Thomson, 1935. The more private back room at Gibson’s (where most of the day to day work was accomplished, presumably).

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One Response to Hambro Building

  1. Sheila says:

    The men hired to update the chalkboard info had to be pretty tall!

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