Shack to ‘Monument’

Str P256 - [Looking north on Homer Street from Georgia Street] 1948 O. F. Landauer photo.

Str P256 – [Looking north on Homer Street from Georgia Street] 1948 O. F. Landauer photo.

The shack-like home of Hopps Sign (and everything else on this block – residential and commercial) is where, today, the International-style, monumental structure dedicated for many years to the sorting of mail is located. We are looking north on Homer Street up the block which was the Main Office of Canada Post for five decades (from its completed construction in 1958). The Alcazar Hotel may be seen at the end of the block on NE corner Homer at Dunsmuir, where BC Hydro’s building (333 Dunsmuir) stands today.

If the signage on Hopps Sign Co. is to be believed, the sign-maker was a survivor – having existed from the turn of the century. (There is no indication of any “Hopps” – person or corporation – in BC City Directories in 1900; however by 1902 there was an “F. W. Hopps, painter”.)  The sign company continued to draw corporate breath after it was turfed out of its home by the start of Canada Post’s construction in 1953. Hopps still existed in 1955, having moved north to the 300 block of Homer.

Canada Post has now moved out of its downtown building to a new home in Richmond, closer to YVR. Heritage Vancouver in 2013 put the building on its list of Top 10 Endangered Sites list. Rumours about the future of the building have been bandied about but, as far as I know, no decisions as to zoning or other related matters have yet been taken by the City.

For an interesting side-bar to the subject of the now-old Post Office, see here.

Item LF.00797 - The Vancouver General Post Office building at 349 W Georgia Street 1960 Otto F Landauer photo. Jewish Museum & Archives of BC.

Jewish Museum & Archives of BC. Item LF.00797 – The Vancouver General Post Office building at 349 W Georgia Street 1960 Otto F Landauer photo.

 

 

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