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656-660 Union Street, Vancouver, BC. Heritage Value: The site at 658 Union Street is listed in the “B” category on the Vancouver Heritage Register and is noted as being an “unique example of [an] early multiple structure”. Three distinct structures were built on the site between 1893 and 1913: · middle dwelling: the earliest structure was a one-and-a-half storey dwelling built in 1893 and situated in the middle of the lot; only the foundations and wall fragments remain; · rear dwelling: the next was a one-and-a-half storey end-gable frontier-style structure erected sometime between 1901 - 1912, along the rear property line; and · grocery store: the final addition was made in 1913, after street levelling activities in Strathcona were complete; it is a two-storey clapboard-sided grocery store with tin cornice, which abuts the Union Street edge of the property. The latter two extant buildings are representative of architectural and historical themes unique to Strathcona including: · Strathcona’s working class heritage; · urban change/street levelling activities and community response; and · vitality of neighbourhood through grocers and other home-based business. Building lots in this section of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood often featured outbuildings which were located to the ‘rear’ of the lot and were accessed from the alley. These additional structures were used in various ways as either first residences, cheap rental accommodation for workers, animal sheds, outbuildings for food production, or wagon and tool storage. The “rear dwelling” at 658 Union Street was erected during Vancouver’s boom period and likely responded to the community’s increasing need for affordable and convenient working-class accommodation. Its utilitarian wood frame design with simple brick chimney and double-hung windows reflects a no-nonsense approach to housing. Over the years, occupants of the lane building included a “labourer”, a “teamster” and several “longshoreman”. Unlike the alleys and lanes of Strathcona - which continue to reflect the area’s original topography - the streets were levelled out during a massive public works initiative that began at the end of the nineteenth century. The various buildings at 656 - 660 Union Street effectively illustrates this change over time and community business response to massive urban change. The earlier “rear dwelling” remains on the original height of land, whereas the “grocery store” - erected after Union Street was lowered - was built at the new street level enabling customers the convenience of stepping off the new sidewalk into the store withoutneed of stairs. Between 1914 and 1922 the building was listed as a vacant store, but appears to have been used again in 1923.We're going to Alaska
Sunday 29th August 2010 Honestly, this will be the last Blip of a ship for some time... I promise. Today's photo does have some significance. You've maybe gathered we like travelling. Life's too short to stay at home. We've decided we wanted to do some travelling when in Canada. We planned to go to Toronto. The thing about Canada is, it's MASSIVE. Toronto is about half way between Vancouver and London. And there's no easy way of getting there. And for some reason I can't quite grasp, it's cheaper to fly to London from Vancouver than it is to fly to Toronto. There is a bus and train option, but they too can be pricey and who wants to spend 4 days on a bus? And then our new Irish friends who have been to Toronto told us they didn't think it was worth the cost and hassle of getting there. They said the best bit was going to see Niagara Falls, and we've already seen that (all be it from the American side). So we thought, lets not head east, lets head north. Long before we'd arrived in Canada I had seen pictures of an area called the Inside Passage, a coastal route with narrow straights between hundreds of islands. I desperately wanted to do it. There's a couple of ways of gong. There's ferries. And there's cruise ships that pass through the Inside Passage on their way up to Alaska. After doing some pricing, the cruise ships seemed like a better deal. Yes, they are more expensive. But you get your meals and soft drinks included. You get your accommodation included. And, you get to go to Alaska. So we've put down a deposit to go to Alaska next spring. I can't wait! It's one of the cheaper cruises, and it's one of the cheapest cabins on board, but it does the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier, Ketchikan and Juneau. We've got till March to cancel without penalty, time to decide if we can actually afford it, although I'd happily eat nothing but rice for the rest of the year if it meant going.
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