Vancouver Then & Now, Book by Chuck Davis (Hardcover) | toscaeetslakken.comAs soon as a search of the City of Vancouver Archives turned up this photograph, I was captivated by its symbolism. The photo actually two photos combined to give a panoramic effect looks south from the intersection of Hastings and Seymour streets toward Pender Street in What is immediately noticeable is the visible Christian presence, including four churches. Every building in this photo is now long gone. Stand at Hastings and Seymour today and there is absolutely nothing left from this earlier time. Of course, Holy Rosary Cathedral, as it is now known, still exists, but the structure glimpsed here was demolished and replaced in by the one that still stands at Richards and Dunsmuir.
Churches hidden in plain sight: Downtown Vancouver then and now
What Will You Read Next? Subscribe Subscribe by Email. Vancouver Then and Now juxtaposes seventy archival images of buildings and scenes with the same place as it is today, along with descriptive text for each photograph which includes historical and other details. The archival images are from a variety of periods, but most date from to Most of the contemporary photographs are taken by Karl Mondon, often providing dramatic depictions of the changes that have taken place.
Davie Street has seen a significant change since this image, when it was basically a row of houses, with, on this block, one exception, the store at Davie. Remarkably, one of those houses is still standing today, which was all we had to line up the picture. They were the only two houses on this side of the block in , although there were three more to the east, off the edge of the picture.
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