535 Smithe Street

Here’s a former parkade that, unusually, still exits (sort of). In 2010 a new residential building, Dolce at Symphony Place, was completed, replacing the 1958 half of the Orpheum Parkade fronting the 800 block of Richards Street. However, the four floors above grade are still a parkade with 120 spaces, allowing patrons of the Orpheum Theatre to avoid heading underground. The structure is linked to another parkade under Dolce’s sister tower, Vita, both designed by Merrick Architecture. The western half parkade was originally completed in 1957.

Image source: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 779-E06.1

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Posted December 31, 2017 by ChangingCity in Downtown, Gone

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