Donations to the Friends of 439 Powell are currently being used to support a night time neighborhood watch to guard the building from additional damage and vandalism.
The building’s structural soundess has been confirmed by three (yes three) engineering reports, so now the work can begin on repairing the damage done to this 123 year old heritage building. First up is full assessment of the building to prepare estimates for its repair and restoration.
The community support has been amazing.
Please consider signing the petition or contributing to the building fund through Paypal.
The July 17th., 1883 issue of the Mainland Guardian reported that the town of Granville (Vancouver in three years) was becoming a noted resort for “pleasure seekers” since it “seems that no longer is the delightful and invigorating summer breeze which constantly blows o’er the dark waters of Coal Harbour on sunny afternoons, impregnated by coming in contact with the Burrard Inlet Fishing Co’s manure heap. If there is anything noticeable in the air we have heard no complaints of late, or perhaps the wind takes a circuitous route in coming from the southwest.”
Photo: CVA 300-74
There’s a parade finishing up at Hastings and Carrall c.1899 and this wagon features the products of the Royal City Planing Mill. The mill was at the foot of Carrall Street on False Creek and that might be where it’s going as it turns the corner onto Carrall.
Few buildings in this city have suffered the indignities that the Ming Sun Society building at 439 Powell has.
The Friends of 439 are looking for support to continue the night time security watch – the building is a target for vandals – and raise funds for the necessary repairs needed to keep City officials at bay.
You can now contribute to the defence and restoration of 439 Powell by using the Paypal link on the Friends site or by making a contribution at any VanCity branch under the account, “the Friends of 439 Powell”
All contributions will go to the defence and restoration of the Ming Sun building located at 439 Powell. Your help is needed and much appreciated.
The photo shows the Ming Sun building (centre right at the power pole) in 1939 when it was still owned by the Uchida family. The crowds are waiting for the King and Queen to pass by. Photo courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre; Nishihata Family collection,
Imagine if we could bring back the elegance and sophistication of the hotel’s original design… this is the east lobby.
Libraries and Archives Canada MIKAN 3355699
There may have been a special occasion when the photo of the Brunswick Hotel on Hastings was taken since everyone is posing. Here’s a delightful woman in the upper floor window.
City of Vancouver Archives photo: CVA 677-5
Here’s the challenge from Twitter:
The battle over the precise location of the Brunswick Bar rages: flickr.com/photos/jmv/767…changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the…
And here’s how the precise location was determined… My thanks to Andy Coupland for the map work.
- Determine what is around your site where the location is confirmed.
- 23-29 – Wood Vallance Leggat; known location http://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/wood-vallance-and-leggat-west-hastings-street/ built c1899.
- 1907 Directory says Palace Hotel built by then at 47 W Hastings.http://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/palace-hotel-chelsea-inn/
The 1912 Fire insurance map shows us where the Palace Hotel is and Wood Vallance Leggat (lot 15). The 1889 fire insurance map clearly shows the location of the Brunswick. Cut out, rotated and placed on the 1912 map, it falls squarely on lot 14 – which becomes Buscome’s and later A & N.
So we have determined that the Brunswick was on lot 14.
Looking in the background of a few photos we can see the Brunswick before its demolition butted up against the edge of the Wood Vallance Leggat building.
Looking through some Archive photos today and found a unidentified scene. And way in the background is this lovely vignette of a woman getting into a rowboat. The child is already aboard.
Here’s the Russ House Hotel – today’s Ming Sun Society building seen from across Oppenheimer Park, back then known as the Powell Street Grounds, in the 1890s showing its original form. A really big enlargement pulling the building out of the background.