Astor Hotel

CVA Bu P491 - [Exterior of Vancouver Business College Ltd. - 147 W. Hastings Street]. ca1904.

CVA Bu P491 – [Exterior of Vancouver Business College Ltd. – 147 W. Hastings Street]. ca1904.

The image above shows Vancouver Buisness College at 147 West Hastings (just east of Cambie) in 1904. By 1909, the space had been taken over by the Hotel Astor (not to be confused with the Hotel Astoria, which still stands today in the 700 block of East Hastings). The Hotel Astor seems to have had a long life; it continued to appear at this address in BC Directories until 1950.

Today, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is at this address (although the building that housed the college and hotel has been demolished).

Speaking of demolitions (or near-demos), the building adjacent left of the college is the now-all-but-demolished Ormidale Block (the developer is retaining only the facade of the Ormidale).

CVA SGN 1068.07 - [Men laying streetcar tracks at Hastings and Abbott Streets, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main, and Harris (Georgia) Street lines]. 1912?

CVA SGN 1068.07 – [Men laying streetcar tracks at Hastings and Abbott Streets, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main, and Harris (Georgia) Street lines]. 1912? (Cropped version. For original, see CVA). The Hotel Astor is visible in the middle distance on the right side of the image. To enlarge this image (and most other CVA images that appear in VAIW), simply click on the photo.

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