Friday, June 24, 2011

Mural Memories III

More from the mural! First we are going to look at the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall.

The original building that was at this site was built in 1906. This building was built in 1928 and designed by architects Sharp and Thompson.

The building was force to close during World War II but reopened in 1952. It is the only property returned to its rightful owners, the Japanese.

This house is at 242 Princess. When the streets were levelled and sidewalks paved at the turn of the last century many homes ended up below street level - as you will see in a moment - the rear portion of this building is an example of this while the front piece was added later.

I don't have a lot of information on this house but I am giving you a good look at it anyway.

The next house I am going to showcase is one you may recognize. Last year I wrote about Vancouver's first coroner and how he lived, and practiced his craft, in this home. I also mentioned how during the Spanish Flu Epidemic he had so many dead bodies to deal with that he piled them in the alley and covered them with a tarp until he could get to them. That story got a reaction.

But on to the house.

This house was built before the street levelling and, as you can see, certain adjustments were made. There are many homes in Strathcona that are on street level at one angle yet have this deep yard.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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