At the turn of the twentieth century, this area of town was gradually developed into the city's civic and commercial core. (The spectacular Carnegie Centre is on the opposite side of Hastings and Main to this and at one time, the Pantages Theatre stood less than a block away.)
This structure, the Ford or Dawson building, is a fine example of then Chicago-style Edwardian commercial development of that era. It was designed in 1911.
In 1984, this address was converted to social housing. 322 existing windows were replaced with traditional Pella metal clad (double-hung) wood sash windows; stone window sills were inspected and repaired and existing wood was treated and repainted. Every effort seems to have been taken to preserve the history of this fine building but there were areas that had deteriorated beyond repair. Those sections were replaced with materials to match the existing elements.
An interesting note? Owl Drugs has been at that location since the building opened in 1912.
There is no known building permit for this house but VanMap says it was built in 1912, which seems right. The first listed resident is Bryon J. Page in June of 1912. (VanMap is a web-based application through the City of Vancouver. It allows a person to view the city through map form and contains lots of information including zoning information, crime data and information about addresses to name a few. Very handy!)
This is a large 2 1/2 storey Edwardian structure. It has verandahs to take advantage of the fabulous view - and believe me, the view when this home was built would have been awe-inspiring. There is a strongly triangular front gable, sleeping porches, a cut-in porch with an off centre front door and a bay window on the other side. And all that mass at the front is supported by only two posts. That would worry me except for the fact that the building has stood on this hill for over one hundred years.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse at two of Vancouver's historical buildings. I would like to thank the Grandview Heritage Group for the information on the home on East 4th and Bob_2006 at flickr.com for the information on the Ford/Dawson building.
Have a great weekend and I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Joseph Martin, history, owl Drugs, Chicago Style Edwardian, 1912, hastings,