Chinatown Walking Tour – Pender and Carral to Shanghai Alley

Back in June, I went on another walking tour put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and lead by none other than Maurice Guibord.  These tours are always so much fun. We met up at the corner of Pender and Carrall.  We started looking at the building on the northwest corner of the intersection. Maurice pointed out that the building had two different facades.  One … Continue reading Chinatown Walking Tour – Pender and Carral to Shanghai Alley

Walking Boston – Tremont Street

After venturing through the Boston Common and Public Garden, we passed by the Massachusetts State House.  We made our way down Park Street to Tremont Street.  On the corner of Park and Tremont is the Park Street Church.  This is one of the major landmarks along the Freedom Trail. The Park Street Church simply dominates the corner of Park and Tremont with it’s 217-foot tall … Continue reading Walking Boston – Tremont Street

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West ended in Victory Square.  We had taken a little over the 2 hour time allotted for the tour.  Some people had to get going, but Maurice invited those who had time to join him at the Dominion Building.  The Dominion Building is the distinct orange and red building across the street from Victory Square. The … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour

We made another detour from Hastings Street on our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West.  We walk south 1 block to Pender Street. On the corner of Homer and Pender Streets, Maurice pointed out an apartment building under renovation.  He says the building and the one behind it along Homer Street belong to a lovely Dutch couple.  He says the couple run … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour

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 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

Hastings East Historic Walk – part 7

I had the joy of joining one of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s walking tours. My work allows me to have Fridays off and I finally found an event I can attend on a Friday. This fall, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is organizing two-part historic walks of Hastings Street. I missed part one in September, which was the Hastings West walk, but I jumped all over … Continue reading Hastings East Historic Walk – part 7