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Oakridge in the 60s on a Sunny Day

Digging through the negs I found this image of the mall looking west through the courtyard.

Brave New World

New apartments await buyers at 45th and Tisdall, just behind Oakridge Mall. At the time, without the Strata-Title Act they were sold as ‘self-owned’ apartments. Tisdall is still oiled gravel and the land to the west has yet to be subdivided.

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 11.20.20 AMThis popped into the mail box recently. It’s one of the best/bad phishing emails received recently.



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One more from Oakridge in the 1960s

Outside courtyard. Look at the unified signage for the stores.

Oakridge Mall in the 1960s

Acres of parking and for it’s time, good planning too. Apartment blocks on the west side, low-rise apartments on the southern edge and then duplexes and single family houses to form the neighbourhood. Love the signage.

Oakridge Mall in the 60s

Here’s a shot of the original mall and its fountain courtyard. Interesting to see the mall redesign reintroduce the inside/outside idea of older malls.

CVA-Bu-P225.7-Sam-Kee-Bldg-1936So here’s an interesting nugget of info. This report from the Toronto World from 1913 describe plans for the Sam Kee building as a four storey structure. Now that would have been something. Unfortunately plans were scaled back.

Architectural Oddity Being Erected – Over 100 Feet Long

Construction is at present proceeding in Vancouver of a downtown structure which is a curiosity of architectural and building genius will be fully entitled to class with New York’s famous flatlron, for the plans show, a four-storey steel structure only six feet wide and 120 feet in length. So narrow is the proposed building that above the ground floor it is necessary to show a continuous row of bay windows in order to provide room for a staircase. The site of the curious block is the southwest corner of Carrall and Pender streets, being the remainder of lot 1, block 17.

Formerly the lot had a width of 33 feet on Carrall Street, flanking on Pender. The city, however, took the greater portion of the lot for the Pender street; widening, paying a sum in the neighbourhood of $65,000 as recompense to the owners, who alleged at that time the six-foot strip left would be of no use, as the individuals owning the next lot on Carrall street would not consent to any satisfactory arrangements for using the property.

It is said now, however, that there is a possibility that the new narrow building may be thrown in with the block standing on the adjacent lot, therefore losing identity as a distinct structure and merely becoming the Pender street face of a building fronting Carrall street. The estimated cost of the six foot building is $8000. It is to be built with Chinese labour. The upper storeys will be laid out for sleeping room purposes and every tenant will enjoy the privilege of having a “hall bedroom.”

Toronto World June 16, 1913

The well used board at the Ovaltine Cafe.


tann photo
One of my favourite pieces of old advertising is found on this house at the end of a small Georgian terrace at Hackney Road and Treadway Street in London which became the home of John Tann Ltd. in 1814. The sign was done in about 1890.

Like many Georgian houses built on what would become busy roads, this was converted to commercial use. Apart from the wonderful wall sign, there’s a fragment of painted advertisement ‘to all responsible persons’ and a clock from its former business life.

The house is under renovation and presumably the picturesque decay will be tidied up, which would be too bad.

There’s a good history of the long-lived firm here.

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Here are a couple of photos way back in 2005 when we were able to explore the Post Office tunnel that runs from Dunsmuir to Cordova Street.


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