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Vancouver History: Harbour Centre

June 8th, 2010 @ 9:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

33 years ago today Harbour Centre was officially opened and at 481 feet, it was the tallest building in Vancouver at the time.1 Harbour Centre is the home of The Vancouver Lookout, a revolving restaurant, a mall, various businesses and tech firms, as well as one of SFU‘s downtown campuses. In 1977 it was called […]

Pixar Opens its Vancouver Studio

April 21st, 2010 @ 8:35am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday a crowd gathered in what used to be Workspace to welcome Disney’s Pixar animation studio to Gastown. The Georgia Straight took some video at the event which you can view on YouTube. Thanks to the Province of BC for also sharing their video of the event on YouTube and including the cute introduction that […]

Old Gastown Meets New Technology

March 10th, 2010 @ 4:51pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Gastown Business Improvement Association founded the Gastown Blog in the summer of 2009 to breathe some new life into this historic community. With daily features, history lessons and business profiles, it’s a one-stop source for Gastown information. Over the last few weeks the Gastown Blog launched an initiative to put QR codes on old […]

Vancouver Pub Night for Haiti

January 28th, 2010 @ 9:33am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver digital media industry is hosting the Help for Haiti Pub Night tonight at Steamworks in Gastown. Photo credit: Greg Timm on Flickr Lead organizer and videogame veteran, Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch says, “Like many Canadians, our hearts go out to Haiti. My husband, Eli and I are both take action type of people and […]

Walking Tour of Gastown

January 18th, 2010 @ 5:02pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

After gale-force winds ripped through Vancouver last night, the clouds parted and I set out on foot to do a walking tour of Gastown. I was invited along by Vancouver Urban Adventures to participate in their Gastown & Chinatown tour this afternoon. Being a local history buff I was pretty curious to see if I […]

Woodward’s W Rises Again

January 15th, 2010 @ 8:04am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The giant red “W” atop Woodwards in Vancouver is make a reappearance tonight as it will be lit up for the first time in a decade. “W” removal in 2006 – Photo credit: cam in van on Flickr Woodward’s means far more to Vancouver than simply being a defunct department store. Founded by Charles A. […]

Vancouver History Tidbits

November 9th, 2009 @ 9:41am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Drenched to its core on a bleak and dreary Monday morning, the city has come alive for another workday. Even though I do not have a commute, I can still feel the cold damp chill of downtown’s enveloping concrete soak through my skin, as though I were standing on a corner mid down-pour. It’s just […]

Vancouver History Tidbits: Fountains

September 22nd, 2009 @ 9:00am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Even though Vancouver is surrounded by water there are man-made aquatic creations placed around the city which each have a unique story to tell. Salmon Fountain-Shrine – Water and Abbott Installed in 1987, this fountain was designed by Sam Carter, an instructor at the Emily Carr Institute of Art. It was commissioned in honor of […]