Vancouver Icons Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral, standing strong on the corner of West Georgia and Burrard in Downtown Vancouver, is almost as old as the city itself. A fixture in the community for 125 years, the Cathedral has been working on a revitalization over the last few decades with the last phase of the project including a new roof, an all-new illuminated glass bell spire, and an expansion of its community outreach kitchen, a program feeds about 100 of Vancouver’s hungry each day during the coldest nine months of the year.

Once the brightest and tallest building in the city, it was known as ‘the light on the hill’ and used by mariners for navigation as they came into port. This heritage building is the focus of today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

1894. Archives# Ch P73.

Photo credit: Jordan Dawe on Flickr

Vancouver Icons Christ Church Cathedral
1905. View of Georgia from Howe Street. Archives #Str P34.

1935. Parade for King George’s Silver Jubilee. Archives #CVA 677-279.

Between 1980 and 1997. Archives #CVA 772-257.

2011-2015 Google Street View.

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1936. Parade for Vancouver’s Golden Jubilee. Photographer: Philip T. Timms. Archives #CVA 677-596.

IMG_2918 Downtown Window
Photo credit: Jordan Dawe & Duane Storey on Flickr

Between 1930 and 1940. Interior of Christ Church Cathedral. Archives #Ch P128.

Christ Church Cathedral
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Waterfront Station, Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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