History of Vancouver’s Dominion Building

Photo credit: Vancouver Archives/Major James Skitt Matthews

Photo credit: Vancouver Archives/Major James Skitt Matthews

At the east end of Little Amsterdam, across the street from Victory Square, on the corner of West Hastings and Cambie Streets is one of Vancouver’s architectural crown jewels: the Dominion Trust building. The bold mustard and terracotta building harkens back to the days when the 200 block of West Hastings was part of Vancouver’s busy banking district.

When it was built, the Dominion (as it’s known to locals) was the highest building in the British Empire standing 53 meters high. The trapezoidal lot lent itself to a structure of flat-iron proportions, with the ‘flat’ part facing southeast.

The Dominion was built from 1908-1910 by J.S. Heyler. The building is known as one of the most colourful, charismatic heritage buildings in the city due to its Beaux-Arts style, terracotta spandrels and Corinthian columns at the front entrance. Continue reading:
History of Vancouver’s Dominion Building

Vancouver’s Beer-Tastic Heritage

Part of the old Vancouver Brewery complex is set to become a beer-making operation again in 2013. PHOTO CREDIT: John Lee

Part of the old Vancouver Brewery complex is set to become a beer-making operation again in 2013. PHOTO CREDIT: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

Mainland Brewery, Red Star Brewery, San Francisco Brewery and, of course, Vancouver Brewery. The names of our long-gone city beer producers recall a time when there were dozens of tasty, independently-made options for ale-loving locals.

Several breweries once clustered along the Burrard Inlet shoreline – including at least one in Stanley Park – while there were even more across town around Brewery Creek. This gently sloping district – centered on what’s now known as Main Street in Mount Pleasant – had a trickling water supply that powered water wheels for area beer and soda producers. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Beer-Tastic Heritage