At the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Playhouse and today I am talking about the theatre.
A Montreal-based consortium that later became ARCOP (Architects in Co-partnership) was the design team that designed and built the theatre between 1957 and 1959. Originally this was intended to be part of a multi block civic complex with a proposed convention hall and a land bridge connecting the two.
When this was built it was the latest in the International Modernist style. The glass wall on the south side of the theatre shows the elegance and simplicity of the interior.
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre was built at a time in our history when Vancouver asserted its role as a cultural centre for this region.
The city's ambition to be on the world's cultural map was shown when the city launched an international competition for just the right design.
This fountain is indicitve of civic spaces created during this era and building the theatre and playhouse in the city's centre was also reminiscent of the Modernist philosophy of putting culture in the center of urban life.
Back to Alexander Street. 157 to be exact.
This building is in an ideal location since it was near to the Port of Vancouver as well as the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway. (There also used to be a deep underpass to the west that ran under the rail tracks and led to the north Vancouver Ferry Terminal.)
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