Located at 436 - 440 Pender Street West this building is called the Tiedemann Block. It is an Edwardian three-bay, three-storey commercial masonry building built during 1909 and 1910.
This distinctive building reflects the early commercial development of the area and the modest structure shows smaller scale building types and lends to the saw tooth profile of the streetscape.
Originally 322 Cambie Street was built as an office building and was home to such tenants as the architect W.T. Whiteway who was responsible for many noted buildings such as the Woodward's Department Store; a dentist by the name of Florence McAlpine; a doctor, J.A.L, McAlpine and real estate agents. The ground floor was occupied by accountants Gravelly, Hope & Company until the National Cash Register Company took over in 1910.
By 1916 the financial centre of Vancouver was shifting to the south and west and ergo 322 Cambie Street went through a transition. Instead of offices the upper floors changed to accommodation and the building was named the Commercial Hotel. In the years since it has been occupied by transient tenants and restaurants.
The historical value to this building is not only in the tenants and the use it has been put to but also in its architectural style. Especially the Edwardian architectural features including: prominent five-sided, five-windowed tower at the corner with the south lane, rusticated quoins to either side at ground level, narrow pilaster-defined bays, pattern of fenestration (one-over-one sash windows recessed in brickwork openings with moulded surrounds), and historic mosaic flooring at entry. (I will have to go back sometime and see if I can get some photos of that mosaic flooring.)
Fits in with the African restaurant don't you think?
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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