A 1977 View from Harbour Centre

CVA - 2010-006.358 - Looking S.E. to Central Park from Harbour House Sept 1977 Ernie Reksten photo.

CVA – 2010-006.358 – Looking S.E. to Central Park from Harbour House Sept 1977 Ernie Reksten photo.

This is a very different view from the comparable one you would see today from atop Vancouver’s Harbour Centre. This image appears to have been made a few months after the building opened in June, 1977. The sprawling downtown Woodward’s department store complex has, of course, been replaced by the Woodward’s condo development. And the industrial buildings located just east of the Sun Tower is where International Village is today.

The clump of trees on the top border of the photo is one constant. It is Burnaby’s Central Park (with the iconic Telus structure – what is now known as Telus’ Brian Canfield Centre at 3337 Kingsway – silhouetted in front of the trees).

“Harbour House” (mentioned in the City of Vancouver archives notes accompanying the image) was the original restaurant in Harbour Centre (today it is the Top of Vancouver).

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