Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mural Memories II

Today we are looking at more information from the mural.

At 610 and 612 Alexander Street is the Laurel Apartments. It was built in 1908 and the east end was once a dance hall.

Across the street from the Laurel Apartments is a design center that started its life in 1910 as the home for the American Can Company.

Last year I wrote a bit about the bordellos that used to be in Vancouver and this next place on Alexander you may recognize.

504 Alexander was originally built as a hospital but around 1910 it was known as a bordello. At that time the red light district was between Jackson and Heatley Streets.

500 Alexander Street was originally the British Sailors Home then, in 1910 a bordello, and later the International Inn. Unfortunately the day I walked by it was shrouded in scaffolds and tarps so work is being done on it.

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