The Way We Were: The Dick Building

Broadway and Granville - You've officially arrived in South Granville. We came across this great view of the centre of our universe from a few years back. It's instantly recognizable but of course this is pre-Chapters and our old friend The Aristocratic still presides over this corner. 

Welch's Chocolates were before our time but I'm guessing they would have been useful at this time of year for those in search of an Easter Bunny. Anybody remember this shop? We'd love to here your memories. The second shot below reveals the name Coutts' Cards so we're wondering if that was the actual name of the shop.

Broadway and Granville sometime between 1980 and 1997 © City of Vancouver Archives

In a previous post, we mentioned the original location of Jordan's Rugs at 2536 Granville Street so it's interesting to see it at that location in the photo above as well as to be able to look down towards the current location of Jordan's in the photo below.

 Broadway & Granville looking East, November 1988 © City of Vancouver Archives

Broadway & Granville looking East, November 1988 © City of Vancouver Archives

Which brings us to The Dick Building. Today's home of Blenz, McDonald's and more, this lovely was built in 1929 and designed by architects Townley & Matheson who operated as a major architectural firm in Vancouver between 1919 and 1974 and who also designed Vancouver City Hall.

The Dick Building shortly after it's completion in 1929. Photographer W.J. Moore. Courtesy of Vancouver Archives. 

How much do we love this photo above? The building looks so spanking new. That's because it is. How about those 'for lease' signs. (Not so different from the SG of today). Check out the elegant detailing on that mailbox,  the hand painted lettering on upper windows and the photo bomber guy on the third floor. We also love how you can look up the side of the building to the  gradual upslope we recognize today as we head east along Broadway.

In the next photo, again from 1929, there are more signs of life and it seems a Jewelers has moved in. Vancouver Public Archives lists this as E.A. Ewert Jeweler. Also visible are the Christian Science Reading Room (note they are still there in the 1988 photo), Dr. A.E. Werk (Dentist) and Dr. Casselman (Physician). 

The Dick Building, 1929. Courtesy of VPL Archives.

As always, we love to hear your memories of the neighbourhood. If this post sparks any for you, please let us know in the comments.

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