Famous Cloak and Suit Co.

Bu N295 - [623 West Hastings Street, Famous Cloak and Suit Company, Ltd.], 1927,  WJ Moore photo.

Bu N295 – [623 West Hastings Street, Famous Cloak and Suit Company, Ltd.], 1927, WJ Moore photo.

The first business occupying this site (adjacent to the Royal Bank building on the north side of Hastings near Granville) was the Leland Hotel Annex. The Leland Hotel’s main building (with its four big Greco-Roman columns at the front) was across the street. By the 1920s, the Famous Cloak and Suit Co. had taken over the Leland Annex.

CVA 778-158 - 600 West Hastings Street north side, 1974.

CVA 778-158 – 600 West Hastings Street north side, 1974.

By the 1970s, the ‘old-fashioned’ facade of the building had been covered with metal and a men’s wear shop and Household Finance Corp had moved in.

632 Hastings, Early 2014. Author's photo.

623 West Hastings, Early 2014. Author’s photo.

I captured this scene of a Smart car going past 623 West Hastings early in 2014 – by which time, I suspect, the writing was on the wall for the property. It would be demolished and a new building put in its place.

623 West Hastings. Demolished. Early 2015. Author's photo.

623 West Hastings. Demolished. Early 2015. Author’s photo.

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