The Way We Were: Bank of Nova Scotia

One of the things we love about our neighbourhood is the sense of continuity. It's comforting to think that certain things have been there before us and will likely outlive us. The Shaugnessy Apartments, The Douglas Apartments, The Stanley, The Dick Building are anchors of history in our neighbourhood. Despite what seems like an endless turnover of businesses, some have stood the test of time. Here's one. The Bank of Nova Scotia. For the kids out there, that's what we used to call Scotiabank in the "olden days". 

During the Roaring 20s the Bank of Nova Scotia exhibited a sort of tudor looking facade but the location is the same as it is today. 12th and Granville. Look at those elegant ladies out front. An interesting point to note - the traffic light is actually embedded in the centre of the road.

Bank of Nova Scotia, 1925. © VPL Archives

In September 1939, the bank's facade had changed considerably but elements of the previous structure of the building would seem to remain. The traffic light has moved skyward but looks a little different than our present day variety.

Bank of Nova Scotia, September 1939. © VPL Archives

In some ways, I find this photo a bit erie. Deserted streets aside, the date of the photograph, September 1939, reminds me that things were kicking off in Europe and Hitler was marching into Poland. Difficult times ahead.

Interior of Bank of Nova Scotia, 12th & Granville, 1940 © VPL Archives

We'll leave you with a shot of the interior of the Bank in 1940. Yeah, you can see why they ripped that marble out. Not.

Posted on May 14, 2014 and filed under The Way We Were.