Vancouver in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
Meet You Under the Clock
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.
The Birks Family
The City of Vancouver
Heritage Conservation Foundation
Erected 1994 by The Birks Family Foundation and the City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1994.
Location. 49° 17.109′ N, 123° 6.836′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver. Marker is at the intersection of Granville Street and West Hastings Street, on the right when traveling north on Granville Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver BC V6B 1P1, Canada. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
Also see . . .
1. 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 (Submitted on July 12, 2010.)
2. Vancouver Feature: Birks Clock Moves Downtown. The Canadian Encyclopedia entry (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,070 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 5. submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.