Monday, May 11, 2015
102 East Georgia
This building houses the Lincoln Club. The club was an early railway porter's club and a social centre for Vancouver's black community and entertainers passing through town on the vaudeville circuit. This is an interesting area of town in our history and before I tell you more about the club, I am going to look at what was happening in the district.
But the proper citizens who lived on Harris Street had to find a way to separate themselves from the lower class so the section of Harris Street where the Lincoln Club stood was renamed Shore Street in 1908. Not that it caught on - I couldn't even find it in any of my books.
Ergo, it is likely that a madam commissioned the construction of 102 East Georgia (or Harris or Shore) Street. Unfortunately, another effort to move the red light district happened. This time, the sex trade moved to Alexander Streets.
But prostitution hadn't disappeared from Shore Street. Up until 1913, it continued until the construction of the first Georgia Viaduct. With the viaduct on the Lincoln Club's doorstop almost and the profitable sex trade moving on, property values dropped.
In 1916, a miner by the name of Charles Alexander owned the building and he spent $1,000 on a brick extension to it. 1917, is when the first time the name the Lincoln Club appears when a phone line was installed.
Back to the club. There is no evidence that prostitution was ever run out of the Lincoln Club. The year the club opened, alcohol prohibition came into effect. Not good for a club business but something even better than alcohol was about to kick off. The start of Vancouver's Jazz Age.
Past Tense blog for the above information and Wednesday, I will tell you more.
I hope you find the beauty around you.