In this photograph of Alexander and Powell Streets between Jackson and Princess taken in the 1950s sits the second and possibly the third oldest houses in Vancouver. I discovered the third house while doing some research for a client on the street.
502 Alexander is acknowledged as the second oldest surviving house in the city, it was constructed in mid-1888, and it is under threat of demolition. A few doors down the street is a house completed in August or September 1888 by a fellow called Alfred Althorp Smith who was hired that year as a pattern maker at the newly opened Vancouver Iron Foundry and Machine Works.
There are still interesting things to find out there.
2 thoughts on “Really Old House!”
I was just down there this weekend and I believe they have torn it down. Do you know if that is correct?
The Henderson house (502 Alexander) has been demolished to be replaced with containers converted into housing units. The house in the post at 516 Alexander is still standing.