Walking Boston – MIT

After WardMaps, an adventure in desperately seeking restrooms, and an hour at a Starbucks in Central Square, I started to make my way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  I was determined to walk the campuses of Harvard and MIT in one day.  They are two of the top universities in the entire world. On my way to MIT, I actually bumped into one … Continue reading Walking Boston – MIT

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 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)

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 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