At 152 Hastings Street is the Trocadero Building, a three storey masonry Edwardian commercial style building that was built in 1901.
This particular building is a truly elegant version of this style. There is varied articulation of window cases, sill and plat courses, and rusticated ground floor pilasters.
Architect Thomas Charles Sorby and builder George C. Mesher pulled out all the stops for this building. The vaults are elaborate - giving the bank a reputation for being burglar proof - and the interior featured Minton tile floors and glass dividing walls between the banking hall offices.
This building, which has been known as the Rush Building, is a significant surviving representation of the architect's work. The fact that such a prominent builder such as Mesher worked on this building is indicitive of the more sophisticated conditions that did exist at the time.
I don't know if I have covered this next building. I checked and couldn't find it on my list so I am going to show you it now.
Mason's Duplex was built in 1899 by real estate company owner John Mason. He was building other homes in the Mount Pleasant area when he built this one for himself. Crafted in the Queen Anne style with a large bay window and decorative woodwork in the gable end. For the majority of the time that Mason lived here the other half was occupied by George Lasberg. Lasberg was a bartender at the Carter House on Water Street, one of Gastown's original watering holes.
In the 1980s the duplex was raised to bring the original ground floor to street level. Due to the original hilly topography of Strathcona, the location of this house was below street level.
These next photos I took while walking along Pender Street. Or was it Georgia? I don't remember. I liked the effect created by years of the vines growing against the stucco.
You can't see it here but some of those veins are still attached to the buidling. Neat effect, don't you think?
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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