Gore Avenue was originally a skid road on which oxen pulled the timber to the mill.
Now I walk down East Pender in Chinatown and don't think much about it. It is a street with lots of streets on either side. However at one time that was mostly water, namely False Creek. False Creek's original easternmost bank ended at what is now Clark Drive. In 1912 the railway began to drain the creek and fill it in to make new land for yards and terminals for the Great Northern Railway and the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway.
The creek was named by George Henry Richards during a survey in 1856-63.
This building appears to have been built in two stages - the rear portions doorway is below lane level which suggests that that part of the building was built pre 1914 whereas the front was built in 1928.
At one time the railway tracks ran directly behind the building. This made it easy to load goods straight from the warehouse to the train.
This is 787 East Cordova, at one time the home to the Strathcona Business Improvement Assn. and sponsor of the mural.
And Strathcona got its name for Donald Smith, Lord Stathcona and former Hudson's Bay Company governor. He was also one of the founders of the CPR.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Hastings Dance, Vancouver,Strathcona Business Improvement Assn.,Donald Smith,Asahi Rice Co.,History,CPR