The totem pole has an opening where I was told one woman uses to meditate. There is a door that can be opened on special occassions.
Quite a few blocks away from here is Heritage Hall.
The land was bought in 1912 by the Canadian government and in 1914 a contract was given to T.J. Whiteside and G.E. Williamson to build a structure designed by A. Campbell Hope, with David Ewart as chief architect. It cost $92, 000 and what was the original purpose? A post office. Speculation was that this area would experience a surge in residents and this ornate building would help to generate more business. That didn't happen. However this building has served Vancouver well over the years.
From 1916 to 1949 Heritage Hall was a post office. From 1937 to 1963 it was the Dominion Agricultural Building and from 1963 to 1976 it was home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Then it remained empty and allowed to fall into disuse for six years even though it had been declared a heritage structure in 1974 by the city and in 1976 by Public Works. Fortunately in 1983 a group of people got together, raise funds and brought the hall back to life.
Here's its neighbour, built a year before.
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