Monday, January 24, 2011
Labour, Rooming Houses and Hotels
The building seems to be one of stature with the stateliness of the entrance space and detailing as well as the classical columns on the first floor.
The other day I woke to a slight dusty of snow. Nothing like these picture which I took earlier in the winter of 2010.
The Jones Block shows the difficulty builders and architects were having with acquiring building materials and financing. There are eccentric differences in the detailing between the two halves of the structure which was typical of the haphazard method of building during Vancouver's early years. (Now I am studying the photos to see if I can see the differences. Can you?)
This fine example of Edwardian era styling has historic value for a few reasons not the least is its association with the architectural firm Grant and Henderson. George William Grant and Alexander Ernest Henderson showed great versatility by styling everything from Arts and Crafts styled residences to institutional, industrial and commercial buildings.
In the early twentieth century Vancouver had a lot of seasonal population and this is an example of the types of rooming houses that sprung up around town. Especially in this area. Loggers, fishermen and those in other seasonal resource trades needed short and long term housing. the upper floors were for rooms to rent and the lower could be for more commercial services.
This three storey brick structure with fourteen foot ceilings originally only had a depth of 66 feet since it followed the British tradition of allowing for courtyard space at the back. In 1909 a printing wing was built in that space for Thomson Brothers, booksellers.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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