GASTOWN

GASSY JACK DEIGHTON
STANDING ON THE WHISKEY KEG THAT FOUNDED A CITY

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Gastown is said to have been named after Gassy Jack Deighton who got the nick name `Gassy' because he, like me, liked to talk a lot.

Mr. Deighton is said to have brought ashore a barrel of alcoholic beverage from one of the ships anchored off shore, punched a hole in the end, and became an entrepreneur.

Around Gassy Jack's `saloon' sprang a small commercial settlement.

In the mid 1800's a fire swept through Gastown, destroying most of the structures and killing some two thousand citizens.

Some fortunate individuals ran North to the waters of the Burrard Inlet.

There was no beach, per say, as the shore dropped away, quickly, making it an excellent place to dock boats, but a poor place for wading. The survivors of the fire were now facing death by drowning, or hypothermia, as the waters of the inlet are never very warm.

In 1870 Gassy Jack, had married Madelaine, a young Indian Princess from the village of the Squamish people across the waters of the Burrard Inlet.

Upon seeing the fire raging through Gastown the friends and relatives of Jack’s bride set out from the North shore.

It was this small armada of war canoes that rescued the survivors of the fire.

Wishing to rebuild, but not wanting to repeat history, the remaining citizens decided to build with brick instead of wood.

This posed a problems, as there is no brick building material in the nearby area.

That meant that bricks had to be imported and that posed another problem as the railway hadn't been built yet and the only form of transport was ship.

China had a large supply of brick building material but China was not interested in trading with the rest of the world.

Maybe that is why there is so much crime in Vancouver today. The city is built upon a foundation of crime.

The bricks that were used to rebuild Gastown were smuggled out of China.

The city of Vancouver has spent a lot of money refreshing the 000 hundred block of Alexander and Powell Streets to extend Gastown.

However, it has been money wasted as there is nothing on either street to attract tourists.

Well, there is, kind of, but it has been allowed to be altered and is hard to see.

#27 Alexander St. was the first brick building in Gastown, It was a fire hall. The doorways are all set at an angle to the building so as to make it easier for the horses to enter the street pulling the fire wagons.

HOTEL EUROPE
(Hotel Europe.)
ALEXANDER STREET (ON THE LEFT) JOINS WITH POWELL ST.
IN THE CENTER IS THE HOTEL EUROPE. THE DOOR IN THE POINT
OF THE HOTEL USED TO LEAD TO AN UNDERGROUND SPEAK EASY.
THE RED BRICK BUILDING ON THE LEFT, #1 WATER ST.
A GREEK RESTAURANT WITH A SMALL LOUNGE IN THE BACK
BESIDE THE RESTAURANT IS A CIGAR STORE.
JUST A COUPLE OF DOORS DOWN IS THE FIRST BRICK
BUILDING IN B. C., A FIRE HALL.
THIS ENTIRE STREET WAS REMODELLED IN THE EARLY 1990'S
TO LOOK LIKE 1810, FOR A MOVIE
THE DAY AFTER THEY FINISHED COVERING THE PAVEMENT WITH DIRT, IT POURED.
THEY HAD TO TAKE AWAY ALL THE MUD AND LAY FRESH DIRT ON
THE STREET BEFORE THEY COULD COMMENCE FILMING
WATER ST. S.
(Water Street.)
FROM THE HOTEL EUROPE
LOOKING TOWARDS THE HARBOUR CENTRE
WATER ST. N.
(Water Street.)
FROM THE HARBOUR CENTRE
LOOKING TOWARDS THE HOTEL EUROPE

STREET VENDOR
(Street Vendor.)
THE CITY ISSUES VERY FEW PERMITS FOR STREET VENDORS,
PAULINA, FORMERLY FROM HONG KONG OWNS THIS ONE
SHE PUTS IN LONG DAYS IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER.
SHE PUTS IN LONG NIGHTS CRAFTING THE JEWELLERY THAT SHE SELLS

Gastown is one of Vancouver's many tourist attractions. It is one street, Water St.

Water St. is three blocks long, from Carrall St., to Cordova St.

Here you will find actors' agencies, lawyers' offices, artists' lofts, and residences, above restaurants, saloons, and souvenir shops.

A large variety of cuisine is available, at reasonable prices.

SPAGHETTI FACTORY
(Spaghetti Factory.)
LAMPLIGHTER
(Lamplighter Hotel.)
LIVE BANDS, ROOMS, AND A FULL MENU
THAI RESTAURANT
(Thai restaurant.)
CORNER OF ABBOTT AND WATER STREETS

STEAM PLANTER
(Steam planter.)
STRANGE TO SEE FLOWERS BLOOMING IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER,
WITH SNOW ALL AROUND THEM.
MANY OF THE BUILDINGS IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE WERE HEATED BY STEAM.
SOME STILL ARE,
BUT MOST HAVE SWITCHED FROM STEAM TO HOT WATER.
THE GENERATING STATION STILL PRODUCES STEAM.
PLANTERS ARE PLACED ALONG THE SIDEWALKS TO BEAUTIFY THE STEAM VENTS.
THE STEAM, ESCAPING FROM THE VENTS ALSO HEATS PEOPLE WHO SLEEP IN THE STREETS.
IN THE WINTER YOU WILL FIND THEM CURLED UP AGAINST THE PLANTERS

Parking is nil, and traffic is horrendous, so don't drive there.

Water street has one bus line that goes through it but has several other bus lines that go past either end and it is only a short walk from a SkyTrain station.

FISH FOUNTAIN
(Fish shaped water fountain.)
VANCOUVER, LIKE THE REST OF B. C., OFFERS THE PUREST WATER IN THE WORLD YET MANY VANCOUVERITES ARE FLABBERGASTED TO SEE ME DRINK FROM AN OPEN FOUNTAIN. THEY ARE SO SPOILED THEY BELIEVE THE DISCOLOURATION OF OUR WATER, WHICH ONLY HAPPENS DURING THE EARLY SPRING OR FALL RAINS, IS HARMFUL, AND WILL WASTEFULLY SPEND MONEY ON BOTTLED WATER
BUSKER - FIDDLER
(Fiddler.)
FOUND AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, USUALLY, EVENINGS, IN GASTOWN, THIS MAN HAS BEEN WORKING THE STREETS OF VANCOUVER FOR MANY YEARS, BEHIND HIM IS A MENU BUILT INTO THE WALL. THE LANE BEHIND LEADS TO A NICE RESTAURANT
STEAM CLOCK
(Steam Clock.)
ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN GASTOWN IS THE STEAM CLOCK IT ISN´T AS OLD AS SOME BELIEVE. IT WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO. WHEN THEY REBUILT GASTOWN AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION THEY WANTED SOMETHING OTHER THAN A CONCRETE PLANTER TO DISGUISE THE STEAM VENT. THE WHISTLE ON THE TOP IS FROM AN OLD VESSEL, THE BEAVER, THAT PLIED THE WATERS OF THE B. C. COAST. ONE COLD WINTER, THE STEAM WHISTLE FROZE OPEN, RESIDENTS OF THE AREA ENDURED THE LOUD SCREAM FOR SEVERAL DAYS UNTIL THE REPAIR MAN RETURNED FROM HOLIDAYS
HARBOUR CENTRE
(Harbour Centre.)
ON THE BACK OF THE BUILDING IS AN EXTERIOR ELEVATOR THE TOP OF THE TOWER HOSTS AN OBSERVATION DECK AND A REVOLVING RESTAURANT

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VANCOUVER'S GASTOWN HISTORICAL LOCATIONS


One of the oldest; commercial, and residential areas of Vancouver

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

( HYSTERICAL GARTHTOWN )

When Jing Mei first came to Canada my buddy `Garth' lived at the `Winter's Hotel' in the heart of Gastown.

My wife, just beginning to learn English, got the two names confused and it has since become known, to our family, as Garthtown.

ABBOTT
STREET
EAST
ALEXANDER
STREET
BLOOD
ALLEY
SQUARE
CAMBIE
STREET
CARRALL
STREET
GAOLERS
MEWS
HASTINGS
STREET
WEST
LUCK
LUCKY
POWELL
STREET
TROUNCE
ALLEY
WATER
STREET
`0' BLOCK
WATER
STREET
`100' BLOCK
WATER
STREET
`300' BLOCK

ABBOTT STREET


Named after H. H. ABBOTT (1829 - 1915)


LOOKING SOUTH FROM WATER ST.

LOOKING NORTH FROM WATER ST.

  • 134 - LEESON, DICKIE, GROSS & CO. WAREHOUSE (IDM # 2501)
  • BUILT IN 1909

    FIRST LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL USES OF CONCRETE AS A STRUCTURAL AND FIREPROOF MATERIAL IN VANCOUVER

    LIKE MOST BUILDINGS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WATER STREET IT WAS
    BUILT ON LAND FILL BETWEEN WATER ST. AND THE CPR TRACKS
    THE CPR THEN BUILT SIDINGS TO REACH THE BACK OF THE BUILDINGS

    LOOKING NORTH FROM WATER ST.

  • 210 - DOMINION HOTEL (IDM # 2502)
  • THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    VIEW FROM WATER ST.

    EUROPEAN CHARACTER WITH ITS ARCHES AND BRICK PATTERNS
    BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST (BC) ESTABLISHMENT TO SERVE LIQUOR TO LADIES (1925).
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990

    VIEW FROM ABBOTT & WATER
    ENTRANCE TO THE LAMPLIGHTER PUB FROM WATER ST.
    ENTRANCE TO THE LOBBY IS ON ABBOTT ST.
    VIEW FROM ABBOTT ST.

    THE MAIN ENTRANCE - TO THE LOBBY

    ESTABLISHED IN 1899
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN c1900

    ENTRANCE FROM WATER ST.
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    SOUTH END (TROUNCE ALLEY)

    ALEXANDER STREET


    Named after R. H. ALEXANDER (1844 - 1915)

    In the mid 1900s Alexander St. was remodelled.

    Each building had a totally new facade.

    All exposed Sides were redesigned and the street was covered with dirt.

    Just before they began filming, the rain came.

    The street, designed to look like 1910, turned to mud and the horses couldn't pull the waggons.

    Filming was suspended, for a couple of days, while they waited for the rain to stop, and the street was rebuilt.

    After a few days of filming they rebuilt the entire street to look like 1921.

    Some of the horses, and waggons, were replaced with antique cars, and trucks.

    After filming these scenes, the street, and all the buildings, were repainted to what they had looked like a few weeks earlier, except for one building that stood hirer than it's neighbour.

    On the wall the art department had pained a beautiful, 1900s mural.

    Unfortunately this mural was buried when the buildings on the street were restored, which, included adding extra floors to the building next door.

    The movie, starring Tony (Anthony) Hopkins, was entitled, `Legends of the Fall' (1994)

  • ALEXANDER ST.
  • THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1995
    `0' BLOCK - LOOKING WEST FROM COLUMBIA ST.
    THESE PICTURES TAKEN 2012

    LOOKING WEST FROM COLUMBIA ST.
    INCENDIO REPLACED AL FORNO IN 1996

    `100' BLOCK - LOOKING EAST FROM COLUMBIA ST.

    LOOKING SOUTH ON COLUMBIA FROM ALEXANDER ST.

  • 90 - CITY HOTEL (IDM # 2812)

  • VIEW FROM POWELL ST.
    BUILT, IN STAGES, BETWEEN 1905-1912

    OFTEN CLOSED THIS MULTI LEVEL NIGHT CLUB - PUB HAS BEEN OPERATED UNDER SEVERAL NAMES
    IN THE MID `90S WE USED IT TO HOST MURDER NIGHT
    MYSTERY DINNERS, IN WHICH I WAS AN ACTOR
    I WAS AWOKEN ONE NIGHT BY GUNSHOTS, I LIVED UPSTAIRS
    TWO BULLETS HAD GONE THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR OF THE CLUB
    VIEW FROM COLUMBIA & POWELL

    THE CUT OFF CORNER WAS BECAUSE IT WAS BUILT AGAINST A
    RAILWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY (CPR SPUR TO ENGLISH BAY)
    INSIDE THE CORNER WAS A SMALL, BUT EFFICIENT, KITCHEN
    VIEW FROM COLUMBIA AND ALEXANDER

    REPUTED TO BE THE FIRST, AND ONLY, LEGAL
    HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE IN THE BRITISH COLONY
    THE ENTRANCE (COLUMBIA ST.) - TO THE ORIGINAL HOTEL
    VIEW FROM ALEXANDER

    NOTE: THE ROOMS ON THE RIGHT
    BUILT ABOVE, 78 ALEXANDER ST.,
    A SEPARATE, SINGLE STORY, BUILDING
    PICTURES TAKEN 2012

    WHEN I LIVED HERE (1993) IT WAS KNOW AS THE WALTON ROOMS
    THE BOTTOM STAIR HAD THE NAME ANCOR HOTEL IN THE CONCRETE
    SOMEONE HAS PATCHED IT OVER

  • 78 POOL ROOMS
  • BUILT IN 1905

    THIS ONE STOREY BUILDING IS SEPARATE FROM #90,
    THOUGH IT IS UNDERNEATH IT
    (SEE PICTURE ABOVE )
    BUILT IN 1905

    PEERING THROUGH THE WINDOW
    I CAN SEE IT HAS BECOME PART OF THE CLUB NEXT DOOR
    I CAN ALSO SEE IT EXTENDS TO POWELL ST.
    91 POWELL

    A SEARCH OF THE FIRE MAP OF 1905 SHOWS THIS BUILDING
    BUT NOT THE BUILDING TO THE EAST (#90)
    BUILT IN 1905

    BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF WHEN I WAS A THESPIAN
    AND EXPLORED THE MANY HIDDEN ROOMS OF THIS TWO BUILDING
    COMPLEX - WHEN I WASN'T ON STAGE
    BUILT IN 1905

    IN LATER YEARS, THE BASEMENT WAS RENOVATED
    AND JOINED TO THE BASEMENT NEXT DOOR

  • 73 - HARBOUR BLOCK (IDM # 7860)
  • THESE PICTURES TAKEN 2012

    BUILT AS A WAREHOUSE BY EDWARD BAYNES
    AND WILLIAM MCLEOD HORIE 1926
    THE TOP FLOOR WAS ADDED IN 1993

    DIVIDED INTO TOWNHOUSES, THE UNITS SOLD BEFORE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPLETE
    WITHIN DAYS AFTER MOVING IN
    THE NEW TENANTS PUT UP `FOR SALE' SIGNS

    THE TRAINS, WITHIN 6 FEET OF THEIR BACK WALL, BEGAN WORKING AT 2 AM, TO LOAD THE CPR FERRY TO NANAIMO

    THE TRAINS DON'T SEEM TO BOTHER THIS TENANT
    (Can you see him, in the front view?)
    THE BUILDING, ON THE END, IS UNFINISHED
    AT THE TIME OF REMODELLING THEIR WAS A SMALL BUILDING,
    ON WHAT IS NOW A VACANT LOT.
    THE SMALL BRICK BUILDING, WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESERVED
    AND TURNED INTO A MUSEUM, WAS, ORIGINALLY,
    A TELEGRAPH OFFICE FOR THE CPR.

  • 58 ALEXANDER RESIDENCE - FERRY ROOMS - THE DUGOUT (IDM # 2811)
  • BUILT IN 1908 - 1909

    VIEW FROM ALEXANDER ST.

    THE DUGOUT #59 POWELL ST.
    A DROP IN CENTRE WITH AN ENTRANCE ON EACH STREET

    For 54 Alexander St. See 55 Powell st.

  • 52
  • BUILT IN 1908 - 1909

    #53 POWELL ST.

  • 41 - THE CAPTAIN FRENCH (IDM # 2813)
  • BUILT IN 1909

    BUILT FOR GEORGE H. FRENCH A TUGBOAT CAPTAIN
    WHO OPERATED THE FIRST LOG TOWING BUSINESS
    TO RUN OUT OF VANCOUVER
    ARCHITECTS, PARR AND FEE

    YELLOW BRICK ON THE FACADE
    GROUND FLOOR ENTRIES; RAIL AT THE BACK, TRUCKS IN FRONT

    ORIGINALLY A MACHINERY WHOLESALE WAREHOUSE
    GAINER'S MEATS LOCATED HERE BECAUSE
    THE BUILDING BACKS ONTO THE RAILWAY

    REAR OF BUILDING
    GAINERS LIMITED
    SUPERIOR HAMS AND BACON

  • 29 - ALEXANDER BUILDING (IDM # 10744)

    BUILT IN 1907

    ENTRANCE TO 29 IS THROUGH 27

    BEHIND THE FRONT WALL
    THEY HAVE BEEN REBUILT
    INTO ONE BUILDING

    REAR OF BUILDING

  • 27 - VANCOUVER SUPPLY COMPANY - ALEXANDER BUILDING (IDM # 10744)
  • BUILT IN 1907

    FIRST USED BY KNOWLER AND MCCAULEY, CANDY DISTRIBUTORS

    IN THE 1930s THE VANCOUVER SUPPLY COMPANY TOOK OVER
    THIS PROPERTY AND THE NEIGHBOUR, 25 ALEXANDER,
    AND USED THE TWO AS A SINGLE WAREHOUSE

    REAR OF BUILDING

  • 25 - B. C. MARKET COMPANY BUILDING (IDM # 2507)

  • ONE OF THE FIRST BRICK BUILDINGS BUILT AFTER THE FIRE OF 1886
    ORIGINAL SURVIVING BRICK AND SANDSTONE ELEMENTS OF THE
    FRONT FACADE ROMANESQUE REVIVAL INFLUENCE AS
    DEMONSTRATED IN THE SYMMETRICAL FACADE EXPRESSION
    ROUGH-DRESSED STONE TRIM AND ARCHED WINDOWS
    SEGMENTAL ARCH WINDOW OPENINGS IN CENTRE OF SECOND
    STOREY WITH FLANKING RECTANGULAR WINDOW OPENINGS

    ORIGINALLY 2 STOREYS

    THE DOORS ARE SET AT AN ANGLE TO THE STREET, AND THE BUILDING ITSELF, TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE HORSES TO GET THE FREIGHT WAGGONS IN AND OUT

    REAR OF BUILDING
  • 7 - ADDITION TO # 110 CARRALL ST.
  • 1 - JAPANESE RICE MILL

    Most even numbered buildings on Alexander st. in the `0' block, run through to Powell st.

    BLOOD ALLEY SQUARE

    `Blood Alley Square' is not in `Blood Alley', it is in `Trounce Alley'.

    `Trounce Alley' was named after `Trounce Alley' in Victoria.

    In an attempt to increase tourism `blood alley square' was developed, in 1971, as a public courtyard.

    It was officially named `blood alley' in 1972.

    Currently it is a place for; tourists with cameras, and drug; addicts and dealers.

  • 36 - NEW FOUNTAIN (IDM # 2532 / STANLEY HOTELS (IDM # 2531)
  • DESIGNED BY ARCHITECTS GRANT AND HENDERSON IN 1906
    THE STANLEY IS ON THE LEFT AND THE NEW FOUNTAIN IS ON THE RIGHT

    THE;` NEW FOUNTAIN', AND `STANLEY' HOTELS WERE DEVELOPED AS TWO ADJOINING HOTELS RUN BY SEPARATE PROPRIETORS

    VIEW FROM TROUNCE ALLEY

    23 WEST CORDOVA

    VIEW FROM WEST CORDOVA ST.
    81 WEST CORDOVA

    HOTEL STANLEY AKA; RUSS, BEAVER, IROQUOIS, OR STANLEY, HOTEL

    CAMBIE STREET


    Named after H. J. CAMBIE (1836 - 1928)


    LOOKING SOUTH FROM WATER ST.

    LOOKING NORTH FROM WATER ST.
  • `100' BLOCK

  • 110 - GREAT WESTERN HOTEL (IDM # 2508)
  • BUILT IN 1902

    ARCHITECT W.T. DALTON - CONTRACTORS BAYNES AND HORIE
    ALSO KNOW AS THE `MARQUAM HOTEL' AND `HOTEL CAMBIE'

    ADDITION EXTENDING DOWN CAMBIE STREET
    ARCHITECT THOMAS HOOPER - CONTRACTOR, K.K. BJERKNESS

    TRANSITION BETWEEN THE VICTORIAN ERA STYLES AND
    CLASSICALLY-INSPIRED STYLES OF THE EDWARDIAN ERA

    CARRALL STREET


    Named after Dr. R.W.W. CARRALL (1839-1879)

    Carrall St. is the `0' street for Vancouver.

    All house numbering for Vancouver and surrounding towns starts at 0 on the water front, where it used to be at Carrall, and increases as you move South.

    IE: `North Main' which is North of Alexander St. as opposed to `Main' which is South of Alexander.

    Farther East the `North' prefix is added to that portion of streets that run North of Dundas St.

    The term ‘South', as in ‘South Main', is never used.

    Like Shanghai where most thoroughfares are called `Lu' (Road) and only a few thoroughfares are called `Street' or `Avenue', most thoroughfares in Vancouver are called `Street' with only a few east-west thoroughfares being called `Avenue'.

    All house numbering for Vancouver and surrounding towns starts at 0 on Carrall St. and increases as you move East, or West.

    Carrall St. runs true North and South, as do most of the streets in the Vancouver area.

    Because most of the East-West thoroughfares have names until you get to 1st Ave., which is 16 blocks South of the water (Burrard Inlet) the house numbering South of 1st ave. starts at 1600

    IE: Houses South of 2nd ave. are in the 1800 block.

    Originally Water street, got its name because it was built over the water.

    Constructed of wooden planks, Water st. was built atop pilings along the shore of Burrard Inlet.

    The railway was built, on pilings, out from the shore, over the water.

    Later the water was filled in, between the shore and the railway trestle, and buildings were built on the North side of Water St. so that the warehouses could make use of the railroad.

  • `100' BLOCK

  • LOOKING SOUTH FROM CPR TRACKS

    LOOKING NORTH FROM MAPLE TREE SQUARE
    THIS SECTION OF STREET WAS ORIGINALLY A WOODEN WHARF ON PILINGS

  • 110 - DUNN BLOCK (COMMONLY KNOWN AS #1 ALEXANDER) (IDM # 2506)
  • #7 ALEXANDER IS AN ADDITION THAT WAS BUILT IN 1908
    NORTH EAST CORNER OF MAPLE TREE SQUARE
    FORMER SITE OF THE `GASSY JACK' STATUE

    ORIGINALLY `CANADIAN PACIFIC JUNK CO.'
    SITED ON THE MAIN INTERSECTION OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLEMENT OF GASTOWN, AT THE FOOT OF THE CITY'S FIRST WHARF, AND FRONTING ONTO THE MAIN YARD OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
    BUILT IN 1899 FOR THOMAS DUNN, A CITY COUNCILLOR ON THE FIRST VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL

    THREE STOREY, PLUS LOWER LEVEL AND ATTIC, MASONRY COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH ROMANESQUE REVIVAL FACADE, DESIGNED BY NOBLE STONESTREET HOFFAR

    I'M NOT SURE WHY # 1 ALEXANDER ST. IS BEHIND # 110 CARRALL

    # 1 ALEXANDER WAS ORIGINALLY A JAPANESE RICE MILL

    REAR OF BUILDING 1, & 7, ALEXANDER

    REAR OF BUILDINGS 7, & 1, ALEXANDER
  • `200' BLOCK


    LOOKING SOUTH FROM MAPLE TREE SQUARE

  • 204 - FILION BLOCK (IDM # 2511)
  • BUILT IN 1889
    ARCHITECTS PARR AND FEE

    MR. FERGUSON BUILT A SERIES OF BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE ADJACENT STRUCTURE TO THE NORTH (#6 POWELL). EACH, IN TURN, WAS KNOWN AS THE 'FERGUSON BLOCK'

    FRANK FILION, GROCER, OPERATED HIS BUSINESS HERE
    HE HAD TWO STOREYS ADDED IN 1909 TO MAKE A HOTEL
  • 209 - GAOLERS MEWS

  • 212 - ABRAMS BLOCK (IDM # 2512)
  • BUILT IN 1887

    ORIGINALLY, A WOODEN BALCONY ON THE SECOND FLOOR
    TYPICAL OF FRONTIER HOTELS
    LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY VICTORIAN ITALIANATE STYLE

    IN 1990S THE TWO SIDE STORES LED TO A COMMON BACK AREA
    WITH A DANCE FLOOR AND A SMALL STAGE FOR A LIVE BAND
    THE THREE SPACES FORMED THE `SPINNING WHEEL'
    A PHILIPPINE ORIENTED NIGHTCLUB

    AKA: TREMONT HOTEL, KINGS HOTEL

  • 214 - TOWN AND ROBSON BUILDING (IDM # 2513)
  • BUILT IN 1887

    TWO STOREY VICTORIAN ITALIANATE STYLE MASONRY BUILDING
    ARCHITECTS, CHARLES OSBORN WICKENDEN
    CONTRACTOR MCGHIE AND MCLUCKIE

    FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS IT HAS BEEN HOME TO `THE BLARNEY STONE'
    A POPULAR `IRISH THEMED' PUB WITH LIVE MUSIC

    AKA: KINGS HOTEL, KLONDIKE HOTEL, GREYHOUND HOTEL
  • 215 -

  • 227 - BODEGA HOTEL (IDM # 2514)
  • ROMANESQUE REVIVAL STYLE

    OWNER JOHN BADCOCK LOVELL - ARCHITECT JOHN WESLEY MALLORY
    AKA: FRASER HOTEL, BODEGA HOTEL AND SALOON
    BUILT OF WOOD IN 1886 (AFTER THE GREAT FIRE) REBUILT IN 1900

    THREE STOREY, TURN-OF-THE (NINETEENTH) CENTURY
    COMMERCIAL MASONRY BUILDING
    IT FORMS THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE MOUTH TO TROUNCE (BLOOD) ALLEY

    NORTH END OF BODEGA HOTEL (TROUNCE ALLEY)

    REAR (FROM BLOOD ALLEY SQUARE)

    CORDOVA ST. WEST


    Named in honour of DON ANTONIO MARIA VILLACES Y CORDOVA

    FOR 23, AND 81, WEST CORDOVA SEE: BLOOD ALLEY SQUARE

    GAOLERS MEWS

    The Gaolers Mews is the home to several `uptown' offices, and stores.

    Once the home of the offices for Judge Begbie - the hanging judge

    Legend has it that it was also the home to Vancouver's first jail and the gallows that was used to hang over 40 people

    It's quite possible the legends were only started, a few years ago, by the tourist bureau.

    Other reports say the jail was actually farther west on water st.

    If you look at Google's aerial view you will see a tower, or center, crane in the middle of the `mews'.

    Almost the entire mews was rebuilt with modern glass and metal.

    209 CARRALL ST.

    NOTE THE OVERHEAD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TWO BUILDINGS
    CARRALL ST. ENTRANCE
    THESE PICTURES TAKEN 2012
    LOOKING TOWARDS BLOOD ALLEY SQUARE

    THIS IS THE EASTERN OF THE TWO EXITS TO TROUNCE ALLEY

    THIS IS THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE `OILS' BUILDING
    H. W. & OILS

    THIS IS THE ONLY ORIGINAL STRUCTURE LEFT WITHIN THE MEWS

    THIS IS THE NORTHERN END OF THE `OILS' BUILDING

    THIS IS THE SOUTHERN END OF THE `OILS' BUILDING
    (FACING TROUNCE ALLEY)
    EASTERN TROUNCE ALLEY ENTRANCE
    WESTERN TROUNCE ALLEY ENTRANCE

    YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH THE MEWS TO WATER ST.

    THE COURTYARD WHERE THE GALLOWS USED TO STAND
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990

    12 WATER ST. ENTRANCE
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    NOTE THE GLASS ON THE LEFT
    IN 1990 (PICTURE TO THE LEFT) YOU COULD ENTER THE TUNNEL FROM THE LEFT OF THE POST
    NOW, AFTER RESTORATION, IT IS PART OF THE STORE

    HASTINGS STREET WEST

  • 101 - WOODWARD STORES LTD
  • DESIGNED BY WILLIAM TUFF WHITEWAY 1903

    THE ORIGINAL CORNER BLOCK WITH THE NEW `W' AND THE NEW APARTMENT TOWNER IN THE BACKGROUND

    TOTALLY REDESIGNED LOWER FLOOR IN THE ORIGINAL CORNER BLOCK

    THE NEW `W' ON THE NEW TOWER
    THE OLD TOWER WAS A REPLICA OF THE EIFFEL TOWER
    I DON'T KNOW IF THE NEW ONE IS

    THE OLD `W' IS PRESERVED IN THE COURTYARD OF THE NEW COMPLEX
    THIS PHOTO (THE ORIGINAL `W' ON THE ORIGINAL TOWER, ON THE ORIGINAL BUILDING) WAS TAKEN BEFORE RESTORATION BEGAN

    BEFORE WWII (WORLD WAR TWO)
    THE TOWER WAS TOPPED WITH A SEARCHLIGHT
    AFRAID THAT IT MIGHT ATTRACT ENEMY PLANES IT WAS REMOVED.
    THE RED `W' WAS MOUNTED AFTER THE WAR

    LUCK LUCKY

    I often hear Honkeys (White People) complain about the number of Chinese in Vancouver.

    Little do these prejudiced people realize that the Chinese were among the first settlers in the Vancouver area.

    They were among the first people to; build homes, start businesses, build schools, and ship off to the call of duty, in both wars.

    In fact the original town site was named by them.

    `Luck Lucky' is Mandarin for `Maple Tree Grove', where `Gastown' was born.


    LOOKING WEST POWELL ST. CROSSES THE SQUARE AND BECOMES WATER ST.

    LOOKING WEST FROM ALEXANDER ST.

    Because; Alexander, Powell, and Water streets start at Carrall there is no need to refer to them as East or West

    POWELL STREET


    Named after Dr. I W. POWELL (1836 - 1915)
  • `0' BLOCK


    LOOKING EAST FROM MAPLE TREE SQUARE

    LOOKING WEST FROM COLUMBIA ST.

  • 55 - GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC HOTEL (IDM # 7892)

  • ALSO KNOWN AS GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC ROOMS
    ORIGINALLY A BARBER SHOP ON THE GROUND FLOOR
    BUILT IN 1906 - 1910

    VIEW FROM 54 ALEXANDER ST.

    ORIGINALLY A RESTAURANT ON THE GROUND FLOOR

  • 43 (49 & 51) - EUROPE HOTEL ANNEX (IDM # 7961)
  • BUILT IN 1886

    VIEW FROM ALEXANDER ST.
    FOUR-STOREY BRICK HOTEL WITH SEMICIRCULAR ARCHED WINDOWS AND VENETIAN-STYLE BRICK - RESTRAINED VENETIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE
    OWNER ANGELO B. CALORI

    VIEW FROM POWELL ST.
    LATER, SIGNOR CALORI COMMISSIONED THE BUILDING OF THE LARGER HOTEL (TO THE WEST) ON THE ADJOINING LOT

    THOUGH ONE WOULD IMAGINE THE OPPOSITE -
    THE ANNEX WAS BUILT BEFORE THE HOTEL
    THE ADDRESS FOR BOTH IS 43 POWELL ST.

  • 43 - HOTEL EUROPE (IDM # 7960)
  • BUILT IN 1908 - 1909

    VIEW FROM ALEXANDER ST.
    COMMISSIONED BY ANGELO CALORI - ARCHITECTS PARR AND FEE
    FLATIRON STYLE
    VIEW FROM CARRALL ST.
    FIRST REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE TO BE BUILT IN CANADA
    EARLIEST FIREPROOF HOTEL IN WESTERN CANADA

    VIEW FROM POWELL ST.
    DURING PROHIBITION THERE WAS ACCESS TO THE TRAIN TUNNEL BELOW
    WHICH WAS USED AS A SPEAK EASY AS IT WAS NO LONGER USED BY TRAINS

  • 6 - FERGUSON BLOCK (IDM # 2522)
  • BUILT IN 1886

    ON THE VERY CORNER OF POWELL AND CARRALL IT IS ONE OF THE TWO ORIGINAL BUILDINGS STILL STANDING IN VANCOUVER
    ARCHITECT, W.T. WHITEWAY

    LATER, PURCHASED BY HUGH WHITMORE CHAMBERLAIN, AND RENAMED THE CHAMBERLAIN BLOCK, IT WAS EXPANDED
    SHAPED LIKE AN `L' IT NEIGHBOURS #12 POWEL SO DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE ALLEY

    WATER STREET `0' BLOCK

    When Water St. was first built it was made of wooden planks and sat atop pilings over the water.

    PICTURE TAKEN c1900

    LOOKING WEST FROM MAPLE TREE SQUARE
    MOST BUILDINGS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WATER STREET WERE
    BUILT ON LAND FILL BETWEEN WATER ST. AND THE CPR TRACKS
    THE CPR THEN BUILT SIDINGS TO REACH THE BACK OF THE BUILDINGS
    MOST OF THE BUILDINGS IN THE NEXT THREE BLOCKS WERE ORIGINALLY WAREHOUSES
    PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    LOOKING EAST FROM ABBOTT ST.

    TROUNCE ALLEY `0' BLOCK

    (REAR OF BUILDINGS ON SOUTH SIDE OF WATER ST.)


    LOOKING WEST FROM CARRALL ST.

    LOOKING EAST FROM ABBOTT ST.

  • 1 SWIFT CANADIAN PACKING HOUSE (IDM # 2523)
  • BUILT IN 1925

    ADDITIONAL OFFICE SPACES, INCLUDING LOADING BAYS
    FOR # 21 TO THE WEST

    FRONT OF 1 WITH # 21 TO THE WEST
    EAST SIDE OF ADDITION FACING CARRALL ST.

    TWO STOREY, BRICK AND CONCRETE RAISED CROSS PATTERNS

    REAR OF # 1 WITH # 21 TO THE WEST

  • 2 - BYRNES BLOCK (IDM # 2529
  • BUILT IN 1887

    THIS TWO-STORY BUILDING WAS VANCOUVER'S TOP LUXURY HOTEL, THE ALHAMBRA HOTEL, CHARGING A DOLLAR A NIGHT

    GASSY JACK'S STATUE, IN MAPLE TREE SQUARE, STANDS ON THE SITE WHERE HIS SALOON STOOD BEFORE `THE GREAT FIRE'

    MAPLE TREE SQUARE, THE CITY'S BIRTHPLACE AND FIRST PUBLIC URBAN SPACE

    DESIGNED BY: ARCHITECT ELMER H. FISHER

    GEORGE BYRNES CONSTRUCTED VANCOUVER'S OLDEST BRICK BUILDING AFTER THE 1886 FIRE, WHICH WIPED OUT MOST OF VANCOUVER

    TWO STOREY, VICTORIAN ITALIANATE COMMERCIAL BRICK BUILDING
    ON WATER ST. THIS BUILDING WOULD BE `2'
    BECAUSE CARRALL ST. IS THE `0' ST.

    ON CARRALL ST. THIS BUILDING WOULD BE `100'
    BECAUSE THE `0' BLOCK IS TO THE NORTH OF WATER ST.

    SO THIS SIGN SHOULD ACTUALLY BE ONE BLOCK TO THE WEST

    NOTICE THE NEXT ADDRESS, THE NEXT BUILDING TO THE WEST, #12


    215 CARRALL - AN ANNEX TO #2 WATER
    ORIGINALLY A SALVATION ARMY HALL

    THIS IS AN ANNEX TO THE BRYNES BLOCK THOUGH
    IDENTICAL IT WAS BUILT SLIGHTLY LATER
    IT FORMS THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE MOUTH TO TROUNCE (BLOOD) ALLEY

    SOUTH END OF SOUTH BLOCK (ENTRANCE TO TROUNCE ALLEY)

    SOUTH END OF SOUTH BLOCK

  • 12 - NAGLE BRS. (WATER ST.) GARAGE (IDM # 2524)
  • BUILT IN 1930

    ORIGINALLY ONLY TWO STOREYS - THE FRONT FACADE, WITH ITS ART DECO DETAILING, IS INTACT
    OPERATED BY THE NAGLE BROTHERS

    BUILT FOR EDGAR G. BAYNES - CONTRACTORS BAYNES AND HORIE
    ARCHITECTS MCCARTER AND NAIRNE
    (JOHN YOUNG MCCARTER AND GEORGE COLVILL NAIRNE)
    CONTAINED VANCOUVER'S FIRST; FIRE HALL, AND CITY HALL
    AFTER THE GREAT FIRE
    BUILT IN 1930

    #12 TROUNCE ALLEY (REAR OF #12 WATER ST.)
    OPERATED BY THE NAGLE BROTHERS

    GAOLERS MEWS (REAR OF #12 WATER ST.)

  • 18 - 20 - ROBERTS BUILDING (IDM # 2344)
  • BUILT IN 1911

    SOPHISTICATED CLASSICAL REVIVAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
    TYPICAL OF THE EDWARDIAN ERA
    ARCHITECT HUGH BRAUNTON

    ROOMING HOUSE ON THE UPPER FLOORS
    STREET AND LOWER LEVEL COMMERCIAL SPACE
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    REAR OF ROBERTS BUILDING
    ORIGINALLY A LIVERY BUSINESS
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    #21 TROUNCE ALLEY (REAR OF #18-20 WATER ST.)

  • 21 SWIFT CANADIAN PACKING HOUSE (IDM # 2523)
  • BUILT IN 1912

    FRONT OF 21 WITH ADDITION OF # 1 TO THE EAST
    SIX STOREY PLUS BASEMENT REINFORCED CONCRETE AND BRICK

    EXTERIOR FEATURES - STEPPED PARAPETS
    DECORATIVE PRECAST CONCRETE SILLS AND WINDOW CORNER BLOCK DETAILING

    REAR OF # 21 WITH ADDITION OF # 1 TO THE EAST
  • 36 (28 - 38) - TERMINUS HOTEL (IDM # 1525)
    BUILT IN 1901

    THE THIRD BUILDING
    AT THIS SITE NAMED `TERMINUS'
    ARCHITECT EMIL GUENTHER

    THE NAME REPRESENTS THE SIGNIFICANCE
    OF GASTOWN AS THE NEW PACIFIC COAST
    TERMINUS OF CANADA'S FIRST
    TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY
    THESE PICTURES TAKEN 2012

    REAR OF #36 WATER ST.

  • 44 - ROBINSON BLOCK (FRANK'S BUILDING) (IDM # 1172)
  • BUILT IN 1889

    MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, STONE FOUNDATIONS, BRICK EXTERIOR WALLS AND SANDSTONE FACING ON THE COLUMNS THAT BRACKET THE FRONT FAÇADE
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990
    TWO-STOREY COMMERCIAL BUILDING
    EXTERIOR BRICK WALLS

    1960s RENOVATION OBSCURED THE ORIGINAL APPEARANCE
    OF THE FRONT FAÇADE - STUCCO APPLIED OVER THE STONEWORK
    REPLACEMENT OF THE FRONT FAÇADE BRICKWORK AND WINDOWS
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012
    SURVIVING ELEMENTS OF THE ORIGINAL VICTORIAN
    ITALIANATE STONEWORK ON THE FRONT FACADE COLUMNS

    SURVIVING INTERIOR FEATURES
    GROUND FLOOR FENESTRATION ON THE EXTERIOR WALL
    POST-AND-BEAM FRAMING ON THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS
    TONGUE-AND-GROOVED PANELING ON THE SECOND FLOOR

    ZEBULON FRANKS MOVED HIS GENERAL SUPPLY BUSINESS TO HERE FROM CARRALL ST. THE BUSINESS HAS MOVED TO OTHER LOCATIONS OVER THE YEARS BUT STILL EXISTS AS Y. FRANKS APPLIANCES
    ONE OF THE OLDEST BUSINESSES IN VANCOUVER
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    REAR OF #44 WATER ST.

  • 50 - KANE BLOCK (IDM # 1173)
  • BUILT IN 1906 FOR JACOB SAM KANE

    FRONT FACADE ARTICULATION TYPICAL OF THE EDWARDIAN ERA
    RECTANGULAR STRUCTURAL OPENINGS - ALTERNATING
    SMOOTH AND ROUGH-DRESSED TEXTURES OF THE MASONRY UNITS
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    REAR OF #50 WATER ST.

  • 55 - MALKIN BUILDING (IDM # 2604)
  • BUILT IN 1907
    SIX-STOREY PLUS LOWER LEVEL EDWARDIAN ERA MASONRY COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE. BUILT IN TWO HALVES

    WHOLESALE GROCER AND GENERAL MERCHANT WILLIAM HAROLD MALKIN OCCUPIED FIVE SUCCESSIVELY LARGER WAREHOUSES ON WATER STREET WITHIN A DECADE
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012
    THEIR PREVIOUS PREMISES HAD BEEN RENTED - THIS WAS THE FIRST BUILDING OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY MALKIN'S FIRM

    THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING IS BRICK, AND THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE IS HEAVY TIMBER POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION
    ARCHITECTS JOHN EDMESTON PARR AND THOMAS A. FEE DESIGNED THE ORIGINAL 1907 BUILDING, WHICH IS THE WEST HALF OF THE PRESENT BUILDING

    THE EASTERN HALF WAS DESIGNED AND
    BUILT IN 1911-12 BY J.M. MCLUCKIE
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990

    DATING FROM THE TIME OF THE AREA'S HERITAGE DESIGNATION. THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY, HAS BEEN IN CONTINUOUS TENANCY SINCE AN EARLY ADAPTIVE RE-USE PROJECT IN GASTOWN

    REAR OF BUILDING

  • 66 - LIPSETT BUILDING - GOLD BUILDING(IDM # 2525)
  • BUILT IN 1903 FOR EDWARD LIPSETT AS A SAIL AND TENT FACTORY
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990
    ARCHITECTS, DALTON AND EVELEIGH

    DOUBLED IN SIZE IN 1912 WITH A WESTERN ADDITION, AT FIRST GLANCE ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE ORIGINAL BUILDING, BUT BUILT WITH POURED-IN-PLACE CONCRETE WALLS
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    REAR OF #66 WATER ST.
    SHOWING THE ORIGINAL BUILDING AND THE LATER ADDITION

  • 73 - PRINCE RUPERT MEAT COMPANY BUILDING (IDM # 2526)
  • BUILT IN 1912

    SEVEN STOREY EDWARDIAN ERA MASONRY WAREHOUSE

    FLAT ROOF AND RECTANGULAR PLAN
    MASONRY CONSTRUCTION: TAN HIGH-FIRE
    PRESSED BRICK ON THE FRONT FACADE;
    CONCRETE WINDOW SILLS; AND COMMON RED BRICK SIDE AND REAR WALLS

    REAR OF BUILDING

    WATER STREET `100' BLOCK

    PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    LOOKING WEST FROM ABBOTT ST.
    PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    LOOKING EAST FROM CAMBIE ST.

    TROUNCE ALLEY `100' BLOCK

    (REAR OF BUILDINGS ON SOUTH SIDE OF WATER ST.)


    LOOKING WEST FROM ABBOTT ST.

    LOOKING EAST FROM CAMBIE ST.

  • 102 - HOTEL WINTERS (IDM # 2528)

  • SOUTH, OR ALLEY, END OF 102 WATER ST.
    BUILT FOR MRS. A. M. WINTERS IN 1907
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012
    FOUR STOREY EDWARDIAN ERA MASONRY

    THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOTEL IS AT 205 ABBOTT ST.
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 1990

    DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT WILLIAM TUFF WHITEWAY WHO ALSO DESIGNED THE WOODWARD'S DEPARTMENT STORE
    FURNISHED, UP-TO-DATE, TELEPHONES, HOT RUNNING WATER

  • 110 - THOMPSON ROOMING HOUSE (IDM # 2533)
  • BUILT IN 1912

    ARCHITECTS G.L.T. SHARP AND C.J. THOMPSON

  • 111 - MCLENNAN AND MCFEELY BUILDING - CANADIAN FAIRBANKS BUILDING (IDM # 2527)
  • BUILT IN 1905

    CONSTRUCTED FOR HARDWARE MERCHANTS MCLENNAN AND MCFEELY COMPANY

    RENTED BY `CANADIAN FAIRBANKS COMPANY'
    LARGEST MACHINERY AND MILL SUPPLY HOUSE IN CANADA

  • 115 - RAINSFORD & CO. WAREHOUSE (IDM # 2534)
  • BUILT IN 1923

    DESIGNED AND BUILT BY THE DOMINION CONSTRUCTION
    COMPANY FOR WHOLESALE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
    DEALERS, RAINSFORD AND CO.

    MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, INCLUDING BRICK CLADDING
    ON THE FRONT FACADE, AND A CONCRETE BEAM SPANNING
    THE LARGE OPEN RECTANGULAR STORE FRONT

  • 117 - LOVELL BLOCK (IDM # 2535)
  • BUILT IN 1888 - 1889 FOR JOHN BADCOCK LOVELL

    TWO STOREY, LATE VICTORIAN BRICK-CLAD COMMERCIAL
    THOUGH THE FRONT OF THIS BUILDING APPEARS TO BE SEPERATE BUILDINGS THE REAR SEEMS TO BE ONLY ONE
    I GATHER THE BUILIDNG HAS BEEN RENOVATED AND WHILE THE FRONT WALLS HAVE BEEN RETAINED THE INTERIOR HAS PROBALY BEEN REBUILT
    ONLY THE LEFT PORTION OF THIS REAR FACADE RELATES TO THE FRONT PORTION WHICH IS 117 WATER ST.

  • 122 - DES BRISAY BLOCK (IDM # 2786)
  • BUILT IN 1912 FOR WHOLESALE GROCER ALBERT DES BRISAY
    SEVEN STOREY EDWARDIAN ERA
    COMMERCIAL BRICK-FACED STRUCTURE

    ARCHITECTS G.L.T. SHARP AND C.J. THOMPSON
    TRAINED IN LONDON, ENGLAND

    THE YEAR AFTER THIS BUILDING THEY WON
    THE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE NEW
    UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA


    LOWER FLOOR HOUSED DES BRISAY'S GROCERY BUSINESS
    THE UPPER FLOORS WERE A HOTEL

  • 131 - F. R. STEWART & CO. BUILDING (IDM # 2542)

  • ARCHITECTS JOHN EDMESTON PARR (1856-1923) AND THOMAS A. FEE
    BUILT IN 1910 FOR EMMA GOLD

    MARATHON REALTY, THE REAL ESTATE DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, PRESERVED MOST OF THE WAREHOUSES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THIS BLOCK

    EASTERN ENTRANCE TO THE COURTYARD - GASLIGHT SQUARE

    FIRST TENANT WAS F.R. STEWART AND COMPANY
    A PROMINENT LOCAL WHOLESALE PRODUCE FIRM

    DESIGNED BY ARCHITECTS HENRIQUEZ AND TODD - THE NEW `INFILL' PROJECT `GASLIGHT SQUARE' WAS ADDED IN 1974-75

    WESTERN ENTRANCE TO THE COURTYARD - GASLIGHT SQUARE

  • 137 (IDM # 2542)
  • BUILT IN 1910

  • 141 - TWIGGE BLOCK (IDM # 2536)
  • BUILT IN 1898

    ORIGINALLY BUILT AS TWO
    SIDE-BY-SIDE
    THREE STOREY BUILDINGS

    MASONRY CONSTRUCTION,
    WITH RED BRICK FRONT FACADE,
    COMMON RED BRICK SIDE AND REAR WALLS

    THIS WAS THE FIRST HOME OF W. H. MALKIN & CO.
    AND KELLY DOUGLAS & CO. TWO PRODUCE WHOLESALERS

    UPPER TWO STOREYS WERE ADDED IN 1909
    UPPER FLOORS WERE ADAPTED TO RESIDENTIAL IN 1996

  • 151 - HARPER WAREHOUSE (IDM # 2541)
  • BUILT IN 1912 - ARCHITECT ARTHUR J. BIRD

    TWO-STOREY MASONRY WAREHOUSE BUILDING

  • 157 - B. C. PLATE GLASS & IMPORTING CO. BUILDING (IDM # 2537)
  • BUILT IN 1906

    SEVEN STOREY PLUS LOWER LEVEL COMMERCIAL MASONRY BUILDING
    TALLEST BUILDING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THIS BLOCK OF WATER STREET, THIS WAREHOUSE CONTRIBUTES SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE STREET'S SAW-TOOTH STREET PROFILE
    EDWARD COOK, CONTRACTOR. PLANNED THE BUILDING TO BE THREE STOREYS HIGH, BUT, DUE TO DEMAND, FOR RENTAL SPACE, DURING CONSTRUCTION, HE INCREASED THE HEIGHT TO SEVEN FLOORS

    UNIQUE WINDOWS WERE CHOSEN TO DEMONSTRATE THE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS THEY OFFERED. THE SECOND THROUGH FIFTH FLOORS USED
    VERY LARGE PANELS OF PLATE GLASS IN FIXED SASH WITH OPERABLE CASEMENTS TO ONE SIDE, WHILE THE TOP TWO FLOORS EMPLOYED
    MORE CONVENTIONAL DOUBLE-HUNG WOOD-SASH WINDOWS

  • 165 - PITHER & LEISER BUILDING (IDM # 2538)
  • BUILT IN 1905

    BASED IN VICTORIA, PITHER AND LEISER WERE IMPORTERS OF;
    WINES, LIQUORS, AND CIGARS, FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  • 171 - BROWNE & CO. WAREHOUSE (IDM # 2539)
  • BUILT IN 1903
    OSCAR BROWN'S FRUIT BUSINESS
    THREE-STOREY PLUS LOWER LEVEL COMMERCIAL MASONRY BUILDING

    ONE-STOREY BUILDING - TWO ADDITIONAL STOREYS CONSTRUCTED IN 1913

    FOR 191 WATER SEE 110 CAMBIE

    WATER STREET `300' BLOCK

    This might be a bit confusing, we jumped from the 100 block to the 300 block.

    To match up with East West streets South of Water, Water St. does not have a 200 block.

    PICTURE TAKEN 2012

    LOOKING WEST FROM CAMBIE ST.
    PICTURE TAKEN c1900

    LOOKING EAST FROM CORDOVA ST.

    TROUNCE ALLEY `300' BLOCK

    (REAR OF BUILDINGS ON SOUTH SIDE OF WATER ST.)


    LOOKING WEST FROM CAMBIE ST.

    LOOKING EAST FROM CORDOVA ST.

    During their developing years, many cities used steam to heat buildings.

    From a central source, pipes would run under ground to various locations.

    Excess steam was often vented into the storm drains and would escape through manholes.

    In Gastown, in an effort to beautify the steam exhausts, planters were built over the openings.

    Therefore it is not unusual to see flowers blooming in the middle of winter.

    In one particular case they wanted something other than a planter . Viola, fumer l'horloge (the steam clock).

    Not a museum piece, it was built by Canadian horologist Raymond Saunders in 1977.

    THIS PICTURE TAKEN C1900

    HAMILTON ST.
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN C1900

    305 WATER ST.
    THIS PICTURE TAKEN 2012

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