Bringing back the “Then and Now” series this week, I have once again researched the depths of the City of Vancouver Archives online comparing images of yesteryear with Google Street Views of Vancouver today. This week’s theme is Hastings Street.
Hastings and Howe
West Hastings at a time was known as Seaton Street, named by Lauchlan Hamilton, after a lake he chose at random from a B.C. map. Since many wealthy people lived along Seaton at the time it was nicknamed “Blueblood Alley” [VancouverHistory]. Seaton was simply called Hastings after 1915.
Winch Building and Post Office between 1910 and 1925
Sinclair Centre in 2009
Hastings and Cambie
Once the tallest building in the British Empire, the Dominion Trust building continues to add colour to the Vancouver landscape.
Dominion Trust Building in 1909
Dominion Trust Building in 2009
The one-time temporary City Hall, the Tellier Tower at 16 E Hastings still stands tall.
Tellier Tower in 1936
Tellier Tower in 2009
Hastings and Carrall
This is where the B.C. Electric Railway Co. Ltd. has their head office and it was also the downtown terminus of the Interurban streetcar line.
The Interurban Station being built in 1912
425 Carrall Street in 2009
Hastings and Main
Northwest corner in 1940
Northwest corner in 2009
Should you have a theme you’d like me to explore next week please feel free to suggest it in the comments section. Alternatively, if you have any modern-day photos of old buildings, add them to the Miss604 Flickr Group and I’ll research what they looked like “back in the day”.