What’s interesting in this article are the stats presented on who was moving to the city in 1989. Close to 15000 folks came from Hong Kong that year, while over 32000 came from Alberta and 22000 from Ontario.
The North Arm of the Fraser River is the city’s other, and unappreciated, waterfront. Industry still occupies much of the shoreline and log booms, barges and tugs make for a fascinating and changing parade of activity.
At the foot of Kerr Street, the view was once dominated by the operations of the Dominion and White Pine Sawmills. But since their closure, and after years of planning, a new community is emerging. On this series of walks we’ll be exploring the River District and surrounding area looking at the planning and history of the edge of the river.
Sundays: June 21, July 19, and August 9.
Meet at the corner of East Kent Road South and Kerr Street 10:00am
Cost: $10.00 (no registration necessary)
Hear Vancouver author and Native Daughter Lisa Anne Smith describe just how close Hastings Mill Store came to being destroyed by the Great Vancouver Fire of June 13, 1886. Precisely 129 years and zero hours after that fateful afternoon, learn through historic photos, maps and commentary how most of the newly incorporated city of Vancouver burned to the bare earth, but somehow managed to spare Hastings Mill Store and townsite. Discover the prominent role played by the store, mill and citizens from all walks of life in a massive rebuilding effort that saw Vancouver rise from the ashes within weeks of destruction. Entry by donation, wheelchair accessible, light refreshments.
This rather sad looking building on Franklin Street near Woodland Drive was once something quite wonderful and unexpected. However, looking at it in this Google Street view, it is clear that whatever renovations have taken place over the years haven’t been very successful and that there’s something missing. It’s not well known but Franklin Street was once a thriving Chinese district in the years before the First World War. This building was designed by Stuart, White and Peters for the Chinese Reform Society. The permit was taken out in 1912 with a value of $26,000 for a brick and timber building with stores on the ground floor and rooms above. It is one of three the firm designed for Chinese clients on this side of the street and all of them had a private internal alley separating a smaller residential block from the main building that connected through to Woodland Drive. The plans from the Vancouver Archives (AP 289) show an extraordinary composition of traditional Chinese forms married to an Edwardian building. The roof crest is of particular interest. Of all of the society buildings in Vancouver this was one of the most elaborate constructed. One could dream of a restoration one day… sigh… — The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC is hosting a walking tour of “The Other Chinatown” on April 18th. at 10am. $15.00 for non-members and free for members. Meet at Commercial and Franklin.