Gas Warehouse

VPL 20205 Van Gas Co Exterior, 1914 Dominion photo.

VPL 20205 Van Gas Co Exterior, 1914 Dominion photo.

VPL 20204 Interior of Van Gas Co Gas Works on Keefer St. 1917 Dominon photo.

VPL 20204 Interior of Van Gas Co Gas Works on Keefer St. 1917 Dominon photo.

This is the last existing structure of Vancouver’s “gas works” (Sharp & Thompson, 1910). The warehouse appears to be the building center-left in  the first image above.

The city heritage plaque on the building notes that “the choice of this site was strategic: parcels on Keefer Street were cheaper than those on Pender Street, but still offered a connection to False Creek. The water extended along what is now Quebec Street which allowed barges to be unloaded with coal from Vancouver Island.” False Creek has long since been tamed to points significantly west of here.

131 Keefer Street. Today, a condominium apt block (formerly an industrial warehouse of Vancouver Gas Company). 2015. Author's photo.

131 Keefer Street. Today, a condominium apt block (formerly an industrial warehouse of Vancouver Gas Company). 2015. Author’s photo.

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