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Meet You Under the Clock

 
 
Meet You Under the Clock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
1. Meet You Under the Clock Marker
Inscription. Since 1907, generations of Vancouverites have arranged downtown rendevous with one simple phrase - "meet you under the Birks clock!"

Erected as "a public convenience for the people of Vancouver", this stalwart timepiece has stood in front of the main Birks store in Vancouver for over 90 years, requiring little more attention than a weekly winding of the original mechanical movement. Originally placed at the northeast corner of Hastings and Granville, the clock moved with Birks in 1913 to Georgia and Granville, where it remained until 1994.

Manufactured by E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts, this four-sided clock is constructed of cast iron and features foliated capitals, columns, friezes and cornices. These design elements, so popular at the turn of the century, reflect the Victorian fascination with ornamental detail and historic style.

This plaque is dedicated to the past, present, and future generations of Vancouverites and visitors who have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy meeting at the historic Birks clock.

Dedicated this 2nd day of November, 1994
by
The Birks Family Foundation
and
The City of Vancouver
Heritage Conservation Foundation

 
Erected 1994 by The Birks Family Foundation and the City of
The Birks Clock, with marker in the background (to the right of the clock). image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
2. The Birks Clock, with marker in the background (to the right of the clock).
Vancouver Heritage Conservation Foundation.
 
Location. 49° 17.109′ N, 123° 6.836′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Granville Street and West Hastings Street, on the right when traveling north on Granville Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1P1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (a few steps from this marker); St. Regis Hotel (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Deutschesland Café (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 326 West Pender Street (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Here Stood Hamilton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominion Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Randall Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
Also see . . .  The History of Metropolitan Vancouver - 1907. A year by year history of Vancouver: "The Montreal-based jeweler, Henry Birks & Sons, came to Vancouver in February of this year and bought the well-established shop of George Trorey, at the northeast corner of Granville and Hastings. They kept Trorey on as manager—and they kept his famous
The Birks Clock (with the Sinclair Center tower (with clock) in the background) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
3. The Birks Clock (with the Sinclair Center tower (with clock) in the background)
sidewalk clock, too...." Includes a photograph of the clock at its original location. (Submitted on July 12, 2010.) 
 
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The Birks Clock and Building (looking across West Hastings Street) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
4. The Birks Clock and Building (looking across West Hastings Street)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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