Guide: 7 of the most interesting historic buildings in Vancouver
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For a relatively young city, Vancouver has actually got some pretty crazy historic buildings kicking around. We’ve got French Gothic churches, Art Deco offices, Tudor revival manors, and a whole lot more. Spruce up your next neighbourhood walk with this guide.
Here are the top historic buildings in Vancouver.
This Tudor Revival Mansion was originally built in 1911 and spent its first couple of decades as a private residence before becoming an RCMP detachment. Now it functions primarily as a seniors centre and also as a wedding venue. But, it’s still a restaurant open to the public some nights!
Where: 3875 Point Grey Road
Museum of Anthropology
Another UBC endowment lands pick. We think that MOA might be the best example of Arthur Erickson’s iconic design. Of course, if you like the Law Courts or the Evergreen Building more then we’ve got no problems with that. The guy was a legend, after all.
Where: 6393 NW Marine Drive
Holy Rosary Cathedral
This Catholic church is the best example of French Gothic architecture in the city. Having been built in 1900, it’s also one of the oldest buildings in the city to boot. Great for when you want a spooky Instagram post for Halloween.
Where: 646 Richards Street
This Edwardian manor built in 1911 was famed for hosting some ‘Great Gatsby’ level parties throughout the 20s and 30s. During the Second World War, it became a hospital for veterans after being sold to the government for $1. In 1962, the University Women’s Club of Vancouver bought the main house and some of the surrounding property, and have occupied it ever since. Feel like being fancy? You can join the club for a very reasonable price point here!
Where: 1489 McRae Avenue
One of the most iconic buildings in Vancouver, the Marine Building is renowned for its world-class Art Deco design. Often a stand in for evil lairs in movies, we will personally guarantee that this will be around for many decades to come.
Where: 355 Burrard Street
St. James Anglican Church
A more lowkey example of Art Deco design in Vancouver, but very cool nonetheless. Maybe we just have an affinity for the style, maybe it’s the contrast between the building and the location. Whatever it is, we’re down with it.
Where: 303 E Cordova Street
Hastings Mill Store
We figured we needed to include the oldest building in this list, even if it’s not in the original setting. It started out life in 1865 at the foot of Dunlevy Street and chilled there for over sixty years, but eventually fell into disrepair. In 1929, the Native Daughters of BC (Vancouver’s female historical society) decided to save it from demolition. They towed it to land that had been granted to them (now at the base of Alma Street) and it has been there ever since. Neat!
Where: 1575 Alma Street
That rounds out the list of our favourite historic buildings in Vancouver! Of course, this is simply our subjective opinion and there are dozens more that could have been included. But hey, we’re neither architects nor are we historians at Curiocity. We just like cool buildings!