“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Vancouver, British Columbia

"Gassy Jack" Statue and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
"Gassy Jack" Statue and Marker
1British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — "Gassy Jack" — 1830-1875 — The Founding Father of Gastown —
John Deighton was born in Hull, England. He was an adventurer, river boat pilot and captain, but best known for his "gassy" monologues as a saloonkeeper. His Deighton House Hotel, erected here on the first subdivided lot, burned in the Great . . . Map (db m40204) HM
2British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — 326 West Pender Street — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: J.S.D. Taylor —
This building is an integral part of the Victory Square area dating back to 1929. The facade was renovated in 1948 by architect W.H. Birmingham. It was given Neo-classical treatments including a decorative cornice installed below the original . . . Map (db m54517) HM
3British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — 64 Pounder Guns
In 1878 on the approach of an enemy cruiser squadron these 64 pounder muzzle-loading naval guns were hastily shore mounted to protect Esquimault. Subsequently they were issued to No. 5 Battery B.C. Brigade of Garrison Artillery, the first citizen . . . Map (db m53894) HM
4British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — B.C. Electric Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architects: Sharp and Thompson Berwick Pratt —
This landmark building, completed in 1957 as the head office for BC Electric Company, is a significant example of the Internationalist style of modern architecture. Floors are cantilevered from a central load bearing concrete core and supported by . . . Map (db m32348) HM
5British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — BC Permanent Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architects: Hooper and Watkins —
This small scale but well-executed example of Beaux-Arts classicism was designed by Thomas Hooper (the architect of Shaughnessy's Hycroft Mansion) and Elwood Watkins. Built in 1907 for Thomas Talton Langlois' BC Permanent Loan Company, after 1935 it . . . Map (db m54523) HM
6British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Canadian Bank of Commerce Building — Architects: Darling and Pearson — City of Vancouver Heritage Building —
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 . . . Map (db m33025) HM
7British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Carnegie Library — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: George William Grant —
This eclectic 1903 building was one of 2,507 public libraries paid for by the Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, the richest person in the world when he retired in 1901. Carnegie believed in the "Gospel of Wealth" and gave away 90% of . . . Map (db m32318) HM
8British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Chinese Freemasons Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: Samuel Buttrey Birds (1913) —
The Chi Kung Tong, later the Chinese Freemasons, purchased this building in 1907. It included meeting rooms, a male dormitory and a Chinese school - uses common to Chinese Society Buildings. The Chi Kung Tong assisted early immigrants from China who . . . Map (db m53798) HM
9British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Deutschesland Cafι — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: Max B. Downing —
This unusual building is one of the few surviving Art Deco buildings in downtown Vancouver. Its roofline an exuberant crenelated cornice built in cast concrete and designed in a curvilinear waterfall theme. Downing is best known as the architect of . . . Map (db m41926) HM
10British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Dominion Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architects: J.S. Helyer & Son —
This ornate Beaux-Arts skyscraper was commissioned by Imperial Trust in 1906 but opened in 1910 as the Dominion Trust Building after this company assumed the debt and completed construction. It was the tallest building in the British Empire at that . . . Map (db m54360) HM
11British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Drill Hall — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: Department of Public Works —
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 . . . Map (db m54225) HM
12British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Ferguson Point
This area was the site of a coast defence fort manned during WW II 1939-1945 by The Royal Canadian Artillery Batteries 31st Heavy 58th Heavy 85th HeavyMap (db m54578) HM
13British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Flack Block — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: William Blackmore —
Thomas Flack commissioned this landmark commercial building in 1898, following his return from a prosperous venture to the Klondike gold fields. Completed in 1900, it framed one of the city's most prominent intersections, facing the first provincial . . . Map (db m53619) HM
14British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Here Stood Hamilton
Here stood Hamilton First Land Commissioner Canadian Pacific Railway 1885 in the silent solitude of the primeval forest He drove a wooden stake in the earth and commenced to measure an empty land into the streets of . . . Map (db m40645) HM
15British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — 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 . . . Map (db m32970) HM
16British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Nine O'Clock Gun
This gun is a naval type twelve pound muzzle-loader. Cast in 1816 at Woolwich, England, it was brought to Vancouver around 1894. The crests of King George III and of the Earl of Mulgrave, Master General of Ordnance are on the barrel. Gun . . . Map (db m33868) HM
17British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Power Block — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architects: N.S. Hoffar, 1888, Townley & Matheson, 1929 —
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 . . . Map (db m42010) HM
18British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Ram Mk II
Crew 5, Wt 30 tonnes, Speed 40 km/hr, armament - 57 mm main gun, 2 x 30 cal mg, in service 1941-1945. The Ram tank was designed and built in Canada as part of Canada's contribution to the allied war effort in WW II. A total of 1949 Ram tanks . . . Map (db m54263) HM
19British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Randall Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: Richard T. Perry —
Built in 1929 for the brokerage firm S.W. Randall Company, this commercial building is a good example of the design of the city's downtown office development at the time of the Great Depression. The brick cladding is enriched by the terra cotta . . . Map (db m54834) HM
20British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Sadie Marks — City of Vancouver, 1886-1986
In 1922 Ferrera Court was the home of Vancouver tailor David Marks, where vaudeville comedian Benny Kubelsky met thirteen-year-old Sadie Marks. They dated in 1926 and married the next year. As Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone they often returned to . . . Map (db m46691) HM
21British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Sherman
M4A3E8, Crew 5, Wt 32 tonnes, speed 48 km/hr armament - 76 mm main gun, 2 x 30 cal mg in service 1943-1970 On 8/9 August 1944, the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own), then designated Canadian 28th Armoured Regiment, was commanded . . . Map (db m53942) HM
22British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — St. Regis Hotel — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: W.T. Whiteway —
Of the turn-of-the century hotels built in the downtown area before World War I, this is the last one that has survived as a hotel. Noted architect W.T. Whiteway designed it in 1913. He was the architect of the Sun Tower, the original 1903 Woodard's . . . Map (db m41988) HM
23British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — The Old Maple
Here stood the old maple tree under whose branches the pioneers met in 1885 and chose the name "Vancouver" for this city.Map (db m41554) HM
24British Columbia (Greater Vancouver), Vancouver — Vancouver Rowing Club — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: J.W. Keagey —
The Vancouver Rowing Club was established in 1899 when the Burrard Inlet Rowing Club joined the Vancouver Boating Club. Throughout it's history the Vancouver Rowing Club has played an important part in the athletic and social life of Vancouver. This . . . Map (db m31941) HM
25British Columbia (Metro Vancouver), Vancouver — Beacon of Maritime Safety
During its heyday, the Brockton Point Lighthouse played a key role in guiding ships safely in and out of Coal Harbour. Early Warning System The first Brockton Point lighthouse, built in 1890, alerted ships to shore-related dangers and . . . Map (db m198612) HM
26British Columbia (Metro Vancouver), Vancouver — Creating a Vancouver Icon: the Lions Gate Bridge
Originally built to access the North Shore, the Lions Gate Bridge is now one of the city's busiest thoroughfares with over 60,000 vehicles driving across each day. Tension over the Suspension In 1927, Vancouverites voted against building a . . . Map (db m198590) HM
27British Columbia (Metro Vancouver), Vancouver — Disasters and Narrow Escapes
As ships navigated the Narrows' powerful tidal flows, they relied on warnings from the Prospect Point Lighthouse to stay clear of its rocky hazards. Response to Disaster In 1888, just off this point, the historic steamship S.S. Beaver ran . . . Map (db m198611) HM
28British Columbia (Metro Vancouver), Vancouver — The Lions' Gate Bridge / Le pont Lions' Gate — National Historic Civil Engineering Site / Lieu historique national de gι
[English] A tribute to the engineers who built and renovated this bridge, the landmark structure of the Vancouver area. When opened in 1938, the 1550 ft. main span was the longest suspension span outside the United States. Design engineer: . . . Map (db m198610) HM
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