During the summer and early fall months I enjoy nature's sweets. Wild berries are everywhere. Today I happened to see a bush with some berries still on it.
If you were a stranger visiting Vancouver or perhaps low flying over the city, you might wonder about this sight.
That is BC Place Stadium. This building was finished in 1983 in time for the 1986 World's Fair - Expo 86 and was the world's largest air-supported dome stadium. The reason those spikes are up there is that in May of this year the dome was deflated for the last time due to damage. A new one is being made.
The stadium has a lot of history from Pope John Paul II hosting an event in 1984 to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's visit to Madonna's first ever Vancouver show - during the Sticky & Sweet Tour on October 30, 2008 - that sold out in 29 minutes. However I don't want to go into detail yet. I would rather wait until the renovations, and the new roof, are completed sometime in 2011.
A couple of years ago I was walking by here and asked someone what those things were. He must have thought I was a real city slicker as he informed me they were grain silos.
Originally it stood on the northeast corner of Hastings and Granville Streets when the Henry Birks and Sons establishment was located there. When Birks moved in 1913 to Georgia and Granville so did the clock. In 1994 when Birks relocated to the southeast corner of Hastings and Granivlle Streets the clock came along.
(this has nothing to do with the clock. It's just interesting and actually part of the Europe Hotel in Gastown)
E. Howard and Company from Boston Massachussetts designed this clock. It has four sides and has foliated capitals, columns, friezes and cornices. Made of cast iron this clock reflects the Victorian fascination with ornamental detail and historic style.
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