Vancouver Opera Association

CVA Bu N151 - [YMCA building, northeast corner of Cambie and Dunsmuir Streets], 1941, W. J. Moore photo.

CVA Bu N151 – [YMCA building, northeast corner of Cambie and Dunsmuir Streets], 1941, W. J. Moore photo.

CVA 778-66 - 100 Dunsmuir Street north side-2, 1974.

CVA 778-66 – 100 Dunsmuir Street north side-2, 1974.

These photos of  the 100 block of Dunsmuir Street  (between Cambie and Beatty) reveal quite different structures within a relatively brief period.

In 1941, the YMCA (Edward E. Blackmore, 1905) was located here (although it faced onto Cambie, its longest wall was along the 100 block of Dunsmuir). It wouldn’t be here much longer, however. It was due to open soon at its newly built site on Burrard Street.

In 1974, there was a 3-level walk-up commercial block with the primary occupant being the Vancouver Opera Association. Another tenant was a used bookseller (and, according to the signage, a seller also of stamps and records). North, up Beatty Street, there was in 1974, the Nucleus Cabaret (also in the Opera Association building).

CVA 778-13 - 500 Beatty Street west side 1974

CVA 778-13 – 500 Beatty Street west side. 1974. The Nucleus Cabaret shares the 3-storey walk-up commercial space with the book, stamp and record shop. The Playhouse Theatre rehearsal space is in the adjacent (4-storey) building to the north on Beatty.

Today, the 111 Dunsmuir building occupies this corner.

Stantec building. 100 block Dunsmuir. 2014. Author's photo.

Stantec building. 100 block Dunsmuir (Taken from Beatty Street and shooting toward the west). 2014. Author’s photo.

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