Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 10 | Academie Duello

Between Richards and Homer streets, our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West stopped in front of a small one-storey building.  Large windows fronted the building.  Signs with the name Academie Duello were splashed above the entrance. Maurice pointed out that this small building may not be very outstanding, but the pillars contain some interesting architectural features.  He pointed out the crumbling sandstone.  … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 10 | Academie Duello

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 9 | Sophia Books (not part of the tour)

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued past Harbour Centre and across Richards Street to the Standard Building. However, I am going to make a huge personal divergence here.  One of my favourite bookstores used to be beside the Waves Coffee at Hastings and Richards.  It was Sophia Books.  Sophia Books was not part of our tour, but it was an … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 9 | Sophia Books (not part of the tour)

Happy New Year – Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Happy New Year to all those who celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Some of you who do celebrate may adhere to some of the more interesting traditions like cleaning on the 28th day of the last month of the year and having a year end dinner with family on the Lunar New Year’s Eve.  Almost of all us do the red pocket giving and receiving … Continue reading Happy New Year – Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 8 | The Standard Building

After Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued down Hastings Street to the home of the Foundation, the Standard Building. I’ve walked past this building many times along Hastings.  All I know is that there’s the Italian Consulate inside.  But again, Maurice had us step into another lobby to take a look.  It’s not the Marine Building, but it … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 8 | The Standard Building

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 7 | Hastings at Seymour

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued down Hastings Street to Seymour Street.  We stopped at Price Waterhouse Centre, which is now officially known as Grant Thornton Place. Maurice invited us to think back to the 1970’s and what this building must have felt like going up on Hastings Street.  A lot of the buildings we’ve seen thus far are pre-WWII … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 7 | Hastings at Seymour

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 6 | Hastings at Granville

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West resumed it’s regular route back onto Hastings Street after making to take a peek at Waterfront Station. We stood on the southwest corner of Hastings and Granville.  On the southeast corner, there is Birks Clock.  This classic landmark for a time sat at the corner of Granville and Georgia.  It was removed completely in 2006 … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 6 | Hastings at Granville

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 5 | Waterfront Station/CPR Building

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West made a slight detour from Hastings Street to take a peek at Waterfront Station. We walked along the elevated walkway above Granville Street in the direction of the Vancouver Sun/Province building.  We could see Waterfront Station and the old Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) building down on Cordova Street.  However, this CPR building is not even … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 5 | Waterfront Station/CPR Building

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic. The Transport Politic is one of my favourite blogs to follow.  Most of what he covers is about the United States since he’s based there.  Also, he provides what seems to be an inside look at the financing side of transportation projects across North America.  He’s just released his newest graphic/map for 2012.  It’s … Continue reading Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 4 | Sinclair Centre

The next building on our Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West is one that many in Vancouver have visited, but probably ever only go there once every few years.  It’s Sinclair Centre.  Sinclair Centre is a historic gem, but a commercial anomaly Downtown. Sinclair Centre actually consists of four separate heritage buildings that were amalgamated into one.  The original buildings are the … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 4 | Sinclair Centre

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 3

After leaving the Marine Building on our  Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Hastings West Historic Walk, we went east along Hastings.  Our first stop was the Vancouver Club, an exclusive club that has been a part of Vancouver since 1889.  The club’s website touts its members as people who have influenced the growth of Vancouver and BC. The Club is in an A-Class heritage building in the … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 3