CVA 1184-2331 – [Vancouver Chess Club tournament] 1948? Jack Lindsay photo.
These gents (I don’t see any women, do you?) were evidently having a mid-tourney smoke break at the time Jack Lindsay captured this moment. I imagine that the location was at the club headquarters of the Vancouver Chess Club at the former Scottish baronial-style building that was the flagship of the Bank of Montreal (but by this time, had become the Imperial Bank). The club HQ was at 675 Dunsmuir*, which would put it just up the street from Granville (and from the bank, proper), but likely still within the bank building. Today
, this is neither a bank property nor a chess club; it is a Shopper’s Drug Mart.
CVA 447-333 – Imperial Bank [of Canada – 586 Granville St.] – Formerly flagship of Bank of Montreal – 1955. W. E. Frost photo. Note: From 1957, the baronial building would come down to make way for the current structure on this corner (a modernist CIBC structure, now a Shopper’s Drug Mart).
*Before the Royal Bank’s temple tower replaced the Hadden Building at the corner of Granville & Hastings, the Chess Club was located there (Suite 9, 633 West Hastings) for several years.