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Power Block

City of Vancouver Heritage Building

 

— Architects: N.S. Hoffar, 1888, Townley & Matheson, 1929 —

 
Power Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 9, 2010
1. Power Block Marker
Inscription.  This rare example of an art deco exterior employing colourful terra cotta with Egyptian overtones was designed by the architects of Vancouver's city hall as part of a 1929 building renovation. The interior structure dates from built in 1888 for Captain William Power, then known as the "Mayor" of North Vancouver's Moodyville. It was expanded and renovated by owner Dominic Burns of the meat-packing family in 1911, the year he also built the nearby 14-storey Vancouver Block with its huge landmark clock.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
 
Location. 49° 16.876′ N, 123° 7.212′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver. Marker is on Granville Street just south of Robson Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 819 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V6B 2C9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Randall Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Deutschesland Café (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); B.C. Electric Building
Power Block - front entrance decorated with colored terra cotta image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 9, 2010
2. Power Block - front entrance decorated with colored terra cotta
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(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); St. Regis Hotel (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Meet You Under the Clock (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); 326 West Pender Street (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
Power Block - colored terra cotta at roofline image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 9, 2010
3. Power Block - colored terra cotta at roofline
The Power Block image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 9, 2010
4. The Power Block
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 26, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 25, 2022