Vancouver History: Then and Now – Hastings

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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

Item #: Bu N345

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

Item #: SGN 921

Dominion Trust Building in 2009

Photo credit: bulliver on Flickr

East Hastings
The one-time temporary City Hall, the Tellier Tower at 16 E Hastings still stands tall.

Tellier Tower in 1936

Item #: Bu P56

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

Item #: M-14-69

425 Carrall Street in 2009

Hastings and Main

Northwest corner in 1940

Item #: Bu P296

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”.

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  1. Kevin of VancouverWednesday, February 3rd, 2010 — 1:40pm PST

    I like these “vancouver now and then” installments. Hope to see more!

  2. Hastings Street: Then and NowThursday, February 4th, 2010 — 6:12pm PST

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