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Drill Hall

City of Vancouver Heritage Building

 

— Architect: Department of Public Works —

 
Drill Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 1, 2011
1. Drill Hall Marker
Inscription.  This fortress-like building has served as the drill hall and armoury for the British Columbia Regiment since its opening by HRH the Duke of Cornwall and York in 1901. The solid building with three-foot thick walls, was constructed of Gabriola Island sandstone and brick. The two central towers, crenellated roofline, rusticated stonework, and recessed windows provide an attractive frontispiece to the large drill hall at the rear.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 49° 16.769′ N, 123° 6.652′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Beatty Street and Dunsmuir Street, on the right when traveling north on Beatty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2L9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sherman (a few steps from this marker); Ram Mk II (a few steps from this marker); 64 Pounder Guns (a few steps from this marker); 326 West Pender Street (approx.
Drill Hall Centennial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 1, 2011
2. Drill Hall Centennial Plaque
Just to the left of the entrance to Drill Hall is a plaque commemorating the centennial of the opening of Drill Hall.
0.3 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Flack Block (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Here Stood Hamilton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominion Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
Also see . . .
1. The British Columbia Regiment. The Regiment's website, includes an extended historical section. (Submitted on April 8, 2012.) 

2. Armoury. HistoricPlaces.ca's page for Drill Hall. On the Hall's historical value: Constructed as the regimental headquarters for the local militia, the Armoury is closely associated with the building campaign undertaken in conjunction with the development of the Active Volunteer Militia during the period preceding the First World War. During the First World War, the structure functioned as both training and recruitment centres. (Submitted on April 8, 2012.) 
 
Drill Hall Entrance and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 1, 2011
3. Drill Hall Entrance and Marker
The marker is visible here to the right of the entrance, with the Drill Hall centennial plaque also visible to the left of the entrance.
Drill Hall, view from north (across Dunsmuir) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 1, 2011
4. Drill Hall, view from north (across Dunsmuir)
Drill Hall, 1906 - view from west (image courtesy of Vancouver Public Library) image. Click for full size.
By Philip Timms, 1906
5. Drill Hall, 1906 - view from west (image courtesy of Vancouver Public Library)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 8, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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