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Archives Photos of the Day: Apartments


Thursday, March 29th, 2012 — 11:38am PDT
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Look at an image of Vancouver before the 1990s and you’ll notice a very different landscape. Apartment towers have sprouted up at a rate of 3,000 units per year, which is 1,000 more annually than twenty years ago. Moving away from brick and stone, transforming into a city of glass. Apartment-dwellers outnumber those in row houses, semi-detached and detached homes combined in the city so I thought it might be worth a look back at apartments over the years, many of which are still-standing.


1910s – Mt Stephen Block (7th & Quebec). Archives item# SGN 1028. Photographer: WJ Moore.


1917 – Manhattan Apartments, 784 Thurlow at Robson. Archives item# CVA 99-346. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1919 – Washington Court, 998 Thurlow. Archives item# CVA 99-264. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1920 – Florence Court, 1201 W Georgia (at Bute). Archives item# CVA 99-1298. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1945 – Hornby at Robson. Archives item# CVA 586-4162. Photographer: Steffens Colmer.


1928 – Queen Charlotte Apartments, 1101 Nicola. Archives item# Bu N261. Photographer: WJ Moore.

Thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives for their resources.

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3 comments

  1. Lorraine says:

    I grew up in the west end in the 50’s and 60’s. Some of those great old apartment blocks are still there but so interesting to see them when they were new in their day. Great archive sharing. Loved the pictures!

  2. Jesse says:

    I want prints!

  3. Vincent says:

    I currently live in 998 Thurlow Street. Beautiful building, then and now!

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