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Canadian Bank of Commerce Building

Architects: Darling and Pearson

 

—City of Vancouver Heritage Building —

 
Canadian Bank of Commerce Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
1. Canadian Bank of Commerce Building Marker
Inscription. In the early 20th century, bank buildings were designed to recall classical temples and evoke a sense of permanence and dignity. The Neo-Classical design, imposing Ionic columns, decorative stonework, and prominent roof cornice of this building make it a fine example of revival architecture. It was built between 1906 and 1908 to serve as the local head office for the Canadian Bank of Commerce, later known as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The building was converted to retail use by Novam Development with architects Oberto Oberti Inc. and was renamed the "Birks Building" in 1994. Henry Birks and Sons originally opened their first Vancouver store on the opposite side of the street in 1906.
 
Location. 49° 17.104′ N, 123° 6.841′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is on Granville Street just from West Hastings Street. Touch 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. Meet You Under the Clock (a few steps from this marker); St. Regis Hotel (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Deutschesland Café (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building
The Canadian Bank of Commerce Building Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
2. The Canadian Bank of Commerce Building Marker - Wide View
The marker is located just to the right of the Granville Street entrance to Birks.
(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.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Looking north up Granville Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
3. Looking north up Granville Street
Here the Canadian Bank of Commerce (Birks) building is visible on the right.
Canadian Bank of Commerce (Birks) Building - view south across West Hastings Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
4. Canadian Bank of Commerce (Birks) Building - view south across West Hastings Street
This view south across West Hastings Street shows the Birks Building, as well as the Birks Clock, which has for years served as a meeting place ("Meet you under the clock").
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,096 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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