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Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail)
Top of Granville Street - 1912 (large view)
 
Top of Granville Street - 1912
Limited Edition Giclee print on canvas (sn95)

Vancouver’s most important streetcar line was the Fairview line, serving Vancouver’s two main business streets, Granville and Hastings. My painting shows the breathtaking vista at the top (north) end of Granville looking towards the North Shore mountains. A streetcar moving north on Granville is about to make the right turn eastward onto Hastings Street.

On the left is the brownstone Williams Building which housed Federal Life, the Union Steamship Line, and H. McDowell’s Drugs. Farther along on the left is the impressive new post office (Sinclair Centre today), recently completed in1910. Crowning the top of Hastings is the stunning CPR Station. This, the second CPR station, was built in 1899 in the CPR’s famous Chateau style. Incredibly it will stand for just another two years before being demolished to make way for the larger third station which still stands today. On the northeast corner of Granville and Hastings stands the Haddon Block. In the lower corner retail space Trorey’s Jewelers, widely regarded as Vancouver’s premier jeweler and watchmaker, has recently sold out to Birks. On the sidewalk stands Trorey’s massive iron clock. In 1913 Birks will move to its new store at Granville and Georgia, and the now-renamed Birks clock will be moved along with the store.

Towering on the near right stands the classic-columned Bank of Commerce built in 1906. The massive design, intended to impress the bank’s customers, also helped the structure survive the test of time. In 1994 Birks moved into this building. Of course this meant that the Birks clock was moved, once again, this time returning to the sidewalk just across the street, a few meters south of it’s original location.
20" H x 32" W
 
Price: CA $700.00