This building, like others on the North Side of Water Street, was built on piles. In 1980s it became obvious that the foundations had decayed to the point of collapse. But fortunately in 1987 the building was renovated and saved.
This is now a arts and entertainment venue. The interior has been redesigned to accomodate the new purpose but, from what I have read, enough aspects of the original purpose of the building has been kept so that the Chapel stays interesting.
The Leckie Building was built in 1908 and 1913 for a shoe and boot company to use as their factory and sales office. The J. Leckie Company made good use of this heavy timber construction building.
For many years this interesection at Cambie and Water Streets was the very edge of town. In the 1880s Cambie Street was a forest and home to bears, wolves and deer. It was also the hunters from the township of Granville (Gastown) hunted for meals.
Another interesting glimpse of Gastown wouldn't you say?
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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