Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The J.W. Horne Block is situated on West Cordova Street and is where Homer Street ends its route to the north. As you have seen the J.W. Horne Block is built on a triangular lot. On one side is West Cordova and on the other is an alley and the Homer Street Arcade.
James Horne founded the Vancouver Loan, Trust, Savings and Guarantee Company and is said to have brought $1.5 million in investment money from Brandon, Manitoba. While working as an alderman from 1889 - 1890 Horne worked with David Oppenheimer to municipalize Vancouver Water Works.
The building was also home to many publishing and lithography firms during the time period between 1910 and 1925 - due probably to the bjuilding's close proximity to the newspaper offices of the Vancouver Sun and Province. From the 1930s to the 50s (and now) clothing retailers, bookstores and cleaners were the most common residents. (And at one time it has served as an inn)
The elongated brick arches, which spans pairs of windows, are integrated into the brickwork.
That is a just a small glimpse into one of the influential people who helped to form this city.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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