Yesterday I told you a little about the longest standing brick building in Vancouver. Today I went out and got photos to show you.
This example of Victorian Commercial architecture stands quietly in Vancouver's Gastown. The building isn't flashy, it doesn't grab a passerby's attention. It is solid and secure.
The Oppenheimer brothers, particularly David, helped to shape the commercial landscape of the new city. And it was for them that this warehouse building was built. Interesting note: I just read that this building also served as Vancouver's first City Hall.
In 1991 rock musician Bryan Adams was getting tired of the recording studio in the basement of his home. He allowed other musicians to use it and while that was fine when he was away while he was home the intrusion on his privacy and the noise tended to get to him. So he bought an abandoned, burnt out building in historic Gastown and embarked on a journey like no other.
I was scanning an interview conducted with Adams at mixonline when I found a piece of information that shows a little into how Adams thinks. He had kitchens built into each studio so that the artist would not have to take time away from their work and leave to get food.
And when I looked at some of the artists who have made use of the studio I would say details such as that have been much appreciated. I don't think I will ever walk so casually by this building again. Instead I will give it a nod to recognize the magic that is being created behind those walls.
Next door to the Warehouse Studios is an Edwardian Commercial style building erected in 1910-1911 and designed by architects Dalton & Eveleigh.
Just across the street is the Commercial Block designed by William Blackmore.
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you find the beauty around you.
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