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325 Howe

The Name Game The building shown above has been known as the “Welton” Building (1912-1919), the “Pacific Coast Fire” Building (1920-?), and recently, probably, simply as good old 325 Howe. Who decides what a building shall be called? It is usually safe to … Continue reading

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When a “Shooting Gallery” Was Where Guns Were Fired

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Oyster Bay Cafe

I walked past the new Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (part of the Sutton Place Hotel establishment (on Burrard Street near Robson Street) and I wondered how long this oyster-consuming place would survive. I was reminded, then, of what I … Continue reading

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It’s a Long Way… to Ypres, Passchendaele, and the Somme

The photo below honours the men and women who left for Europe during the 1914-18 war, to serve Canada. The Great War began, unceremoniously, a century ago today. We are looking at Cordova (the street that extends to the right of the image) and … Continue reading

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Gastown Pressed Tin

This is a pressed-tin ceiling panel from inside “le Magasin” in Gastown (332 Water Street). The building was constructed in 1912 (Bertram Dudley Stuart and Howard E. White, architects) and has been known by different names over the years, including “Cloth Hill” … Continue reading

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