The history of Vancouver’s architecture has been one that has had an abrupt “second” start due to the “Great Fire of Vancouver” which took place in June 1886... the same year that The Granville Townsite was incorporated as the City of Vancouver… it only took 3.5 hours for the fire to level the city leaving only a few buildings. One of those buildings was the Hastings Mill(originally named “Stamps Mill”, built in 1865 by Edward Stamps... which can still be visited at its final resting location after being loaded on a barge in 1932 and floated to the North Foot of Alma Street…from its original location at the North Foot of Dunlevy Street... East of Gastown... the building is also a museum of unique historical artifacts.
Since the fire the buildings that have been built in Vancouver range from Victorian and Edwardian in the late 1800’s, Romanesque warehouses in Gastown, Beaux-art office blocks, Neo-classical railway stations and Greek and Roman styled banks populated the city during this time.
There was a brief Art Deco design period in the late 1920’s... the Marine Buildingone that really represents this design of this period.
Following the two Word War’s, the city embraced designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, Bing Wong Tom, Ronald James Thomand Arthur Ericksonhave made their influences present throughout Vancouver from buildings that have been designed by them or were influenced by them.
It is recommended to book this tour at least 24 hours in advance to assign the appropriate driver and to figure out the approximate time to see all of the locations that the client is requesting…the different categories available to see are listed below...
- Assembly, Business, Educational, Institutional, Mercantile, Residential, Storage, Utility and Miscellaneous
- Interactive map is provided by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation
- The list of buildings is provided by Wikipedia
This is an example of an "Architecture" tour... it covers twenty stops over 3 hours... giving you time to stop at each for photos and walk arounds... we are able to adjust the tour to fit your time frame and types of architecture:
Dominion Building, Sun Tower, Jack Chow Insurance, Wing Sang, Dr. Sun Yat - Sen, Europe Hotel, Marine Building, Holy Rosary Cathedral, Law Court building, The Qube, Roedde House, St Pauls Anglican Church, Vancouver Rowing Club, Sylvia Hotel, Barclay Manor, Mole Hill, Hastings Mill, Brock House, Glen Brae Place (Canuck Place), City Hall.