I haven't posted for three days and I apologize. I was out taking photos Thursday when I suddenly felt ill so I caught a bus home and spent that evening and the next two days feeling pretty rotten. Hopefully that will be it for awhile.
While I was out Thursday I managed to get some good photos.
This may be a small building but I find that the little things like the ornate columns give an impression of the place being so much bigger.
In 1935 the Permanent Building became home to the Bank of Canada. The interior has a large, Tiffany style, stained glass dome, mosiac tile floors and a series of windows that Yukon, Great Britain and coats of arms.
In 1979 it was acquired by different owners, the interior was changed and it became known as Page House.
Not far, in fact next door to the Permanent Building, is a building that is an important part of Victory Square. No name just the address, 326 West Pender.
Do you remember when I wrote on the Flack Block and it said it had originally been across the street from the courthouse and I was going to do more research and find out exactly where that was? From 1911 to 1913 the city's provincial courthouse was in a large square between West Pender, Hamilton, West Hastings and Cambie Streets.
Another key historical fact to this area is that on June 13, 1886 clearing groups of the CPR ran down this hill to flee the great fire roaring behind them. I'll write more on that one another day.
A cenotaph stands at the corner of Hastings and Cambie. The pillar is made of Nelson Island granite and is piled with wreaths. Especially on November 11 when the city uses it as it's focus for Remembrance Day celebrations.
The site of the cenotaph is also significant because it stands because it was at the tables at the steps of the old courthouse where men enlisted for World War I.
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