Hector’s: A Challenge

CVA 1135-16 - Hector's, 5th Avenue at Fir Street W E Graham, Feb 1966.

CVA 1135-16 – Hector’s, 5th Avenue at Fir Street W E Graham, Feb 1966.

CVA 1135-21 - Hector's, 5th at Fir. William E Graham, Feb 1966.

CVA 1135-21 – Hector’s, 5th at Fir. William E Graham, Feb 1966.

The building still stands, today, but it has a new ‘skin’. Today, the structure is clad in what appears to be corrugated steel.

What’s the history of the place? The building does not appear to have existed prior to about 1966 (the year the two CVA images were made). Given all of the work that went into creating the distinctive “Hector’s” brand on one of the exterior walls, it is a pity that Hector’s Restaurant had a brief lifespan (1966-ca1967). By ca1970, the former Hector’s was home to Daisy’s Cabaret and in 1971, Teepee Recreational Centre had taken over the site. From 1975-77 Teepee Rec Centre was sharing the space with Teepee Sporting Goods (which still exists today on Commercial Drive) and with Super Sport Manufacturing. The site became home to the Royal Canadian Legion (Pacific 282),Newgate Branch, from ca1979-1997. And beginning ca1998-present, the catering outfit, The Lazy Gourmet, has been at the site.

I don’t know when the corrugated steel cladding was added to the building. There are also windows that were cut into the originally windowless walls at some point. Both changes were smart moves in adding value to the structure.

The Lazy Gourmet (rear) at 1605 West 5th Ave. 2015. Author's photo.

The Lazy Gourmet (rear) at 1605 West 5th Ave. 2015. Author’s photo.

The Lazy Gourmet (front view - Fir Street). 2015. Author's photo.

The Lazy Gourmet (front view – Fir Street). 2015. Author’s photo.

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