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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)
Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (large view)
Granville Street Bridge - 1921
Limited Edition Giclee print on canvas (sn95)of the second Granville Street Bridge in 1921 with the BCER Lulu Island Branch line Interurban Station located in the middle of the bridge.

As Vancouver grew so did the BCER streetcar and interurban system. In 1906 the Second District Lulu Island Interurban Line was opened to Steveston. For the next fifty years the Lulu Island Line transported local residents, freight and farm products from Lulu Island to Vancouver. Originally the line terminated at a depot below the north end of the old Granville Street Bridge where passengers transferred onto the downtown lines.

The growth of Vancouver to the south, up the Fairview slopes, overlooking False Creek, rendered the original 1889 Granville bridge inadequate. In 1909 a new steel “High Level” Granville Bridge was opened by the Governor General, Lord Grey. The bridge’s concrete pylons spanned False Creek’s tidal flats, then known as the Granville Island Sandbars.

On May 10, 1914 a new Lulu Island Line station and depot opened. It was a truly beautiful mock Tudor style structure built on pylons immediately beside the new bridge. The Lulu Island Interurban would disgorge its passengers on the west platform and passengers would walk through the station breezeway and onto the bridge roadbed where they boarded the next car on the Fairview line.

In 1915 the potential of the muddy Granville Island Sandbars beneath the bridge were realized; Vancouver’s Harbour Commission paid the Federal Government $1 for the flats and quickly commenced the construction of a 1 mile-long timbered bulkhead around the tidal bars. Pacific Dredging then pumped over 1 million cubic yards of sea mud behind the bulkheads. By 1916 Granville Island stood a solid 10 feet above the high water mark. Granville Island cost $342,000 to create and within a very short time it was completely rented out to various industries.

My painting, “Granville Street Bridge – 1921” captures BCER’s Lulu Island Line Station at it’s zenith with a thriving Granville Island below. Behind, the city of Vancouver basks in the late afternoon sun. 1921 was the last year of left-side traffic. Eventually, increased congestion, as passengers fought traffic to board the streetcars, caused the City to request the removal of the station. It closed on December 1, 1923. The bridge itself later became much hated; referred to as “the bottle-neck” and “the killer” it was eventually replaced by the third and current structure. -Brian Croft
20" H x 32" W
Price: CA $700.00