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Brockton Point - 1986, "Grace's Pearls" (thumbnail) Lions Gate Bridge - 1939 (thumbnail) Chinatown 1960, East Pender St. (thumbnail) Abbotsford - 1922 (thumbnail) Capitol Theatre, Granville S. - 1956; Love me Tender (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1962 (thumbnail) Stanley Park Junction (thumbnail) Bon Voyage, Vancouver Harbour - 1938 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) Wigwam Inn, Indian Arm - 1913 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Ten Years of Art (thumbnail) The Sunshine Coast Collection (thumbnail) The Langleys Collection (thumbnail) Canadian Skies Collection (thumbnail) Vancouver Collection (thumbnail) BC Airways at Vancouver Airport - 1928 (thumbnail) Boat and Plane at Pender Harbour (thumbnail) Boat in Boathouse (thumbnail) Cannery Worker's Shack (thumbnail) Egmont Post Office (thumbnail) Final Berth on Fraser (thumbnail) May Queen's Ball, Fort Langley - 1941 (thumbnail) Steveston Collection (thumbnail) Saturday Night at the Langley Hotel (thumbnail) Snug Haven - Finn Slough (thumbnail) Porter's Coffee and Tea House (thumbnail) Molly's Reach (thumbnail) Steveston Quay (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) On the Rocks at the Garden Bay Pub (thumbnail) Starfighter Pilot (thumbnail) First Flight in Western Canada (thumbnail) Brookswood Barn (thumbnail) Halfway Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (thumbnail) Christmas in Milner, Langley - 1915 (thumbnail) White Spot No1, Granville Street - 1958 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas (thumbnail) Vancouver Bus Terminal - 1939 (thumbnail) Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail) Cloverdale - 1913 (thumbnail) Aristocratic Drive-in - 1958 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) White Rock Beach - 1929 (thumbnail) Christmas at Home - 1929 (thumbnail) Open Late, Otter Farmer's Institute, Winter (thumbnail) Otter Co-op (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas Eve (thumbnail) Fort Langley Station (thumbnail) Drive-in Heaven (thumbnail) Danceland on Robson Street on September 7, 1963 with the Ike and Tina Turner Review performing a one night gig. (thumbnail)
Lions Gate Bridge - 1939 (large view)
 
Lions Gate Bridge - 1939
Majestically spanning the entry to Vancouver harbour, Lions Gate Bridge was built during the last years of the great depression. While it provided a road link connecting Vancouver and the communities of North and West Vancouver it was, in reality, an essential component of the Guiness family’s ambitious land development plans, located on the south facing slopes of West Vancouver, later known as, The British Properties.
When it opened in November of 1938 the elegant, graceful and brilliantly engineered 1516 meter sweep of Lions Gate Bridge was heralded as longest suspension bridge in the Empire. It quickly captured the imagination of a depression-weary population becoming an icon of Vancouver’s bright future as Canada’s Pacific Gateway.
Guarding the south-side road approach, two art deco lion sculptures, cast in concrete and designed by Charles Marega were intended as symbols of Empire. The original two lanes were wide and allowed room for passing however the speed limit was a stately 25 miles per hour. The narrow pedestrian sidewalks cost 5 cents to walk on. The navigation station, previously situated at Prospect Point was mounted at the centre of the bridge just above the main cables where it had a commanding view of the harbour and its approaches. The bridge structure was painted green but the suspension cables were coated in a bright orange-red colour called international orange.
My painting captures Lions Gate Bridge on the early evening of Tuesday, July 25, 1939. In the distance Grouse Mountain rises immediately behind the bridge. To the left of Grouse is Crown Mountain. Further left but out of view behind the slopes of West Vancouver lay The Lions after which the bridge is named.

That evening CPR’s Empress of Japan arrived in Vancouver and after passing below Lions Gate bridge, clearing it by 30 feet, docked at CPR Pier B at 6:00pm. Many passengers on board were fleeing the Japan-China Conflict and amongst them was Jean Ewen a nurse who had served with Dr. Bethune. Her story, reported the next day in the Vancovuer Sun, was one of service, sacrifice and near incarceration during her escape. On the following Friday the Empress of Japan sailed west under the Lions Gate but her grand days of Pacific passenger service would soon end; Canada declared war on Germany on September 10,1939 and by November the Empress of Japan was requisitioned for Admiralty duty as a troop ship.

The bridge has had many changes: In 1954 the two lanes were subdivided into three and the speed limit raised. In 1963 the province purchased the bridge and later the tolls were removed. The navigation station closed in 1974. In 1986, the year Vancouver hosted EXPO 86, the bridge was beautifully decorated with 170 mercury vapour lights in a project spearheaded by Social Credit MLA and Cabinet Minister, Grace McCarthy with funding provided by the Guiness family, the original developers and owners of the bridge.

in 2004, the Lions Gate was named as a National Historic Site in Canada, in 2009 LED lights replaced mercury vapour and by 2001 the bridge deck was completely replaced.
20"H x 32"W   
Price: CA $ 700.00