The company that had put the building up, G.A. Stimson Co., was hurt financially by the crash and having such a lavish office building nearly empty was not helping. In 1931 the company tried to get the City of Vancouver to take the building at a little less than what it had cost G.A. Stimson Co. to build it but that deal fell through. Finally in 1933 the building was sold to the British Pacific Building Co. which was owned by the Guinness brewing people (fitting then that the Elephant and Castle pub and restaurant is currently a tenant on the main floor!)
One of the tenants that moved into the building was the architectural firm of McCarter and Nairne who had designed the building. They moved in approximately July of 1930 and moved out in February of 1980 - five months short of the fiftieth anniversary. They were the longest lasting tenants. The firm moved to the Credit Foncier Building at 850 West Hastings.
This is the building the firm moved to.
The Credit Foncier Building is a heritage building. It was built in 1913 and designed by the firm Barrot, Blackader and Webster. It is forty one (41) metres high and has ten floors. The construction materials you see at the front belong to the people working the new Jameson Building being built next door. The Credit Foncier Building will be dwarfed, I couldn't even look up and see the top of the new structure without getting dizzy.
I walked on the opposite side of the street so that I could get a few good photos of this building. As I was positioning myself and waiting for the traffic to ease I noticed something else at the corner of West Hastings and Hamilton
In case you can't read it here is what it says:
"Here stood Hamilton, First Land Commissioner Canadian Pacific Railway 1885. In the silent solitude of the primeval forest he drove a wooden stake in the earth and commenced to measure an empty land into the streets of VANCOUVER."
Gives me a bit of a lump in my throat I must say.
I also saw something interesting across from the Marine Building.
People were repelling down the side of the bulding. I watched for a few moments but then I left. One man walking by said it was a fast way to wash the windows!
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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