Archive for the category "history"

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

August 31st, 2010 @ 4:03pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of downtown’s hidden gems is the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, just off Georgia, on Hornby Street. Here you’ll find a breathtaking collection of Reid’s art that varies from wire sculptures and a diamond necklace, to tribute carvings and statues. I was fortunate enough to be given a private tour from Bill’s […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Elvis

August 31st, 2010 @ 11:33am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in Vancouver history, Elvis Presley performed one song at Empire Stadium before he had to leave the stage due to crazed fans battling with local police. He came back on stage after a few minutes and played four more songs [source]. The screams from the crowd were so loud that no one […]

Vancouver History: Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

August 25th, 2010 @ 9:45am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day 50 years ago, Premier W.A.C. Bennett officially opened the Second Narrows Bridge. This was the second “Second Narrows Bridge” replacing the other that was built in 1925. The First Narrows being the Lions Gate Bridge, this additional crossing provided broader access to the North Shore and Coastal Mountains and contributed to Vancouver’s […]

Archives Photo of the Day: August 23, 2010

August 23rd, 2010 @ 4:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Since the PNE is in full swing this week, today’s archives photo is one of the fair’s lost buildings (and one of the most unique I’ve seen). The “Women’s Building” at the Vancouver Exhibition (now the PNE). Located on the Hastings fair grounds, this was originally called the Industrial Building in 1910. Year: 1918 Photographer: […]

PNE Parade in English Bay

August 13th, 2010 @ 1:10pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 100th Anniversary PNE Parade will stroll through English Bay August 20th. Starting from Stanley Park and making its way to Sunset Beach, the parade will celebrate the grand opening of the PNE’s 100th year which will take place the following morning. The procession will feature giant balloons (think Macy’s Thanksgiving parade) and more than […]

Vancouver History Tidbits: Chinatown

August 10th, 2010 @ 2:34pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Chinatown Festival this weekend will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Given that the City of Vancouver is only 124, it’s important to get to know this historic community. 500 block of Carrall near Pender. 1900s. Archives item# CVA 677-580 Background and history: “Vancouver’s Chinatown is a community with a long history. […]

Archives Photo of the Day: August 9, 2010

August 9th, 2010 @ 4:28pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

With the PNE’s 100 anniversary kicking off later this month I thought it would be fitting to feature the fair in today’s Archives Photo of the Day. “Win this panel prefab home!” Year: 1950s Photographer: Province Newspaper VPL Accession Number: 41011 Here’s another: Year: 1960 Photographer: Province Newspaper VPL Accession Number: 68819 And a third […]

Vancouver Then and Now: Hotels

August 4th, 2010 @ 2:10pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

I recently did a tour of the Downtown Eastside with BC Housing to learn more about their renovated properties. They scooped up over 20 hotels on the east side, some known as being the most dangerous buildings in Vancouver, and proceeded to bring them up to code so that tenants could have better living standards. […]