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This blog features before and after photographs, mostly from the Vancouver Archives, BC Archives and Vancouver Public Library collections. The older images are all in the public domain. It’s a companion blog to the Changing City blog which tracks contemporary development projects in Vancouver BC. We also blog at What Was There Before,  that looks at before and after of recent buildings, and buildingvancouver a blog that looks at who built some of the heritage buildings that are still standing in the city.

We generally try to post a couple of images each week, and anticipate that will continue in future. Because of the volume of spam blogs can generate, and the nature of the blog, we’re not intending to add a comment opportunity, except here. If you want to point out any errors or suggest additions we’ll contact you if we can incorporate your material, and we always acknowledge your help in the post.

We are very happy to try to use any historic family pictures that you have of Vancouver that you’d like to see here. Obviously we’ll acknowledge the source of the original images.

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Posted December 25, 2011 by ChangingCity

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  1. Thank you so much for this new blog. I am a native Vancouverite, age 52, so this is just wonderful for me.

  2. Nice nice work!

  3. First of all .. Congratulations on this wonderful blog!
    Would love to see the original hotel at the corner of Main and Georgia ( Now the London Pub).

  4. Thank you for this series, one per day. Clicking on a new one makes a great start to my day.

    • You’re welcome – we can’t guarantee to keep that pace up for much longer, but we should get two up every week for a while longer.

  5. Wonderful sight, My wife used to work at H. A. Bordgerson Ship Chandler company (41 Alexander St.) right across from the Europe Hotel in gas town…In those days you could walk around gas town without ever worrying about your safety 24/7 In fact she use to carry many thousands of dollars in a brown paper bag to the bank over on E.Hastings st….. (Can’t do that today…) keep up the good work I will be sending some others to look….

  6. Great Site–can I add a footnote?

    The date you give for the closing of the Sears in Harbour Centre (1980) didn’t seem right to me–in fact it seemed way, way, off–so I did a fact check search on Google;
    https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/
    Re:
    Hastings and Richards
    (…. the Harbour Centre redevelopment by WZMH including a Simpsons Sears store which closed in 1980 …)

    Result-
    http://www.sears.ca/content/corporate-info/about/history/1983-1987
    (1987)
    “The struggling Harbour Centre Store in Vancouver closed its doors on New Year’s Eve. (1987)”

    Craig D LangBay BC
  7. Thank you. Love this! I am 3rd generation Vancouverite and my great grandfather was mayor way back. Wondering if someone can steer me to where I could find a photo (if one exists) of 1428 Robson Street back around 1900 – 1920 – ish.

    Heather Lapierre
  8. The South East corner of Hastings and Gore was a Canada Safeway for many years up until maybe the mid 70’s. And the lot you questioned was the parking lot as it is in the produce store snapshot.
    Great blog.

  9. I’m curious if you have ever seen a picture of the Minit Man car wash that operated on Robson street in the 1970’s and 80’s up until Expo 86? Seems that area of Robson at that time is not well documented and I have yet to find a picture anywhere.

    • We haven’t seen it as it isn’t available online, but the Vancouver Public Library apparently have one of Burrard from near Haro that included the car wash twenty years earlier.

      VPL Accession Number: 82320
      Date: 1953
      Photographer/Studio: Artray
      Content: Photo series
      Copyright Restrictions: Vancouver Public Library Copyright

  10. Interesting to see this post and blog, as I was researching some old Stock Certificates for the Wong Kung Har Tong Company that I found, dated 1924
    there is a picture of the building and staff sitting in front of the building on the Certificate Looks as good today, from your pictures posted here

    if anyone can tell me more about these certificates or interest in them, I would appreciate hearing from you

    cheers to all and early wishes for a Happy Chinese New Year

  11. Really nice bolg!
    Thanks for doing this.
    Do you have something about the Trounce Alley (Blood Alley) in Gastown?

  12. A great site! Brings back many memories. I was born in 1931 and lived up near 30th and Main until I went off to join the U.S. Marines in 1952. How many times have I been on the number 3 streetcar! Wasn’t the police station on Main, just north of library (and the museum on the top floor)? Also on the west side of Main in the blocks north of Hastings were storefront Gypsy establishments. My mother warned me to never go near them, or else I would be kidnapped — or worse! Does anyone know anything about the Ivanhoe Hotel as it was in 1927?

  13. Great Blog!

    Any plans on researching the Desrosiers Block at 6 E. Hastings? Desrosiers is a family name and I’m curious to see if I have a connection to the original owner of the building.

    • We’ll see what we can do in a couple of weeks. Spoiler alert – it said to be Michael Desrosiers, a tinsmith – but that’s not completely accurate.

  14. How do I sign up for updates by e-mail. I prefer that method over RSS, which never seems to work for me.

  15. The work and effort you put into this site is heroic! For many years I have admired the young history of our city but I have felt that little has been done in the background of the buildings, urban landscapes and the depiction of where things stand today – through social media and in books. Until I came across this site, you have brought faith and further interest in bringing awareness and education to the history of Vancouver. Detail info and picture perfect angles of sites s truly an effort worth calling inspirational. Thanks so much!

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