This large, five-storey brick and stone commercial building is a good example of a warehouse constructed in BC's commercial centre during the twentieth century. It is also representative of the importance of Gastown as the trans-shipment point between the terminus of the railway and Pacific shipping routes, and the consequent expansion of Vancouver into western Canada’s predominant commercial centre in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The McLennan, McFeely and Company Ltd. was a company that specialized in the import and distribution of hardware and building supplies. By building this warehouse the company illustrated the growing warehouse industry in Vancouver.
This building remained with the firm through the 1950s although the name was now McLennan, McFeely and Prior. In the 1960s the building was acquired by a major supplier of industrial products with 200 outlets and eight distribution centres in Canada, Acklands (now known as Acklands-Grainger)
By 1975 the building had become a warehouse for Korets of California in Canada a sportswear manufacturer. Up until 1999 Koret maintained the lower floors while renting out the upper storeys to the film industry and as art studios. But in 2004 the building was renovated and converted to residential lofts.
The renovations included the rebuilding of the water tower, restorations of the steel fire escapes and the addition of a roof top patio.
I have a few more pictures from the short time I spent at the Robson Square Artisan Market.
I also met Richelle. (I think that is spelt correctly.)
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