Going, Going… almost gone!

As I continue to monitor the demolition at 1390 Granville Street I am reminded that change is an important occurrence here in the city, even if I don’t agree with what is changing.

ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January27_2015_07D ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January27_2015_06D Views of the basement from Granville Street Bridge – if you have memories or stories concerning this old building, please feel free to share them.

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The Continental Hotel 1390 Granville Street

I’ve been watching the demise of the Continental Hotel at the northeast end of Granville Bridge.

This old hotel (built in the 1910s) was acquired by the City to allow for the construction of the Granville Street bridge and subsequently was operated by the City as a social housing facility, with funding provided by the province. This provincial funding ended in 1992 when the New Continental Residence was built as its replacement, located nearby at 1067 Seymour Street. The continuing operation of the existing building, held by Property Endowment Fund (PEF), was approved by Council in September 1992 and now provides monthly accommodation in 108 rooms. Operational costs are being covered by rental income.

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The demolition is being done by Pacific Blasting and Demolition.
Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-December30_2014_02D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-December30_2014_03D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-December30_2014_01D From January 30 – lots of inside work, gutting and taking the hotel down floor by floor.

Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January13_2015_02D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January13_2015_01D The south face on January 13, 2015.

Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January14_2015_01D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January14_2015_02D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January14_2015_03D January 14. I stopped to talk with a fellow who works as a broom man, sweeping away the rubbish and clearing bricks and wood. He says it takes about two days per each floor but demolition will pick up once they get to the wooden section of the hotel in the center.

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Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January20_2015_07D Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January20_2015_08D A Bobcat Model S650 does a lot of the heavy lifting on ground floor –

Demolition-ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-January20_2015_09D Photos from January 20, 2015. The thick brick walls of the western end of the building continues to be torn apart by hand.
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Art Deco Teapot by Jean Pouyet of Limoges France

Art Deco porcelain teapot manufactured by Jean Pouyet of Limoges, France (1891 – 1931). The teapot holds 16 liquid ounces. Spout to handle length is 9 1/2 inches, width is 4 1/4 inches and height with lid on is 4 inches.

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In 1768, kaolin, a rock rich in fine, white clay which is used for making porcelain, was discovered at Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, near Limoges. Under the impetus of the progressive economist Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune, who had been appointed intendant of this impoverished and isolated region, a new ceramics industry was developed, and Limoges porcelain became famous during the 19th century. However, Limoges porcelain is a generic term for porcelain produced in Limoges rather than at a specific factory. More than 50% of all porcelain made in France comes from Limoges.

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Marks with J P L (Limoges) France, J Pouyat Limoges, a wreath and variations of the above – Pierre Pouyat established a faience manufacturing company at Saint-Yrieix
around 1760. His son Francois Pouyat, (born 1752 died 1838) joined a Paris hard-paste manufacturing business La Courtille operated by Laurentius Russinger located at rue Fontaine-au-Roi, from 1795 – 1800. In 1800 Pouyat became the sole owner of this company and was succeeded by his son J. Pouyat who in 1841 closed down the Paris factory. J. Pouyat then started a very important porcelain manufacturing factory in Limoges France which has been continued by descendants of the family. (From - http://mygrannysatticantiques.com/html/additional_marks___history_inf.html)

Animals in Mexico

Animals and people, or at least villagers, rely on animals for more than friendship. The economy and work force is driven with the use of cattle, horses, donkeys, and even dogs. Dogs are used more for security than anything else.

No wonder animals are so guarded and highly regarded there as opposed to city folks who have cats and dogs as loving pets but serve as no other use.

2CartsHorsesPassSanAgustinFeb11_2002_01D Donkeys and horses provide efficient but slow engines for farmers – San Agustin, near Etla in Oaxaca.

CapraHircusDanielsFieldJan28_2002_01D one of many  hooved creatures that are raised by farmers for food. You can see herds of these goats and sheep on hillsides in the back country… then roadside stands that sell meat on a stick. If you pay attention to the area and the farmers, you can spot the venders that raise their own goats.

CatSkullPickleyPearSanAgustin01D Even after death, animals are highly regarded. This skull is prominently displayed at the roadside in front of a farm in San Sebastian.

CornerStoreSanSebastianFeb01_2002_01D A typical scene in San Sebastian – The corner store is the place to meet.

CowsStickHouseSanAgustinFeb06_2002_02D Cows provide milk and beef meat. They are well taken care of. The fresh milk is fantastic.

DanielsBabyDonkeyFeb20_2002_01D DonkeySanAgustinFrontYardFeb01_2002_01D EquusAssinusJan22_2002SanAgustin01D Donkeys are not only cute, but very smart. I’ve seen donkeys loaded up with wood in the outback and sent on their way without the master, allowing the donkey to find it’s own way home.

GallusGallusRoosterJanuary29_2002_01D Chickens are a part of the family. They not only  provide a tasty  meal, but they run around the house and the farm without cages.


SanAgustinOxenColonStreetJan31_2002_01D Oxen are very strong and can pull a heavy wagon full of produce and the family that harvested the produce – The day’s end heading home after a day in the fields.

SmallDogNextDoorVisitoFeb02_2002_01D My little friend next door in San Agustin. He would always poop under my chair beside the fire, but he kept other stray dogs away, so I allowed it.

Sunny Day – Walkabout in Vancouver

ConstructionCranes-Main-Industrial-January14_2015_03D Construction Cranes near East 1st and Main Street, East Vancouver. At the eastern edge of the Olympic Village. I am noticing so many new construction sights and so many more demolitions around town. I don’t know if this means there is a construction boom going on, or just the rich taking advantage of the depressed labor market.

AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_12D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_11D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_10D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_09D The south side of Ashnola Apartments at 203 East 6th Avenue in East Vancouver

AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_08D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_03D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_04D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_05D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_06D AshnolaApartments-203East6-January14_2015_07D Views of the Ashnola Apartments B-Class Heritage building from the 2152 Main Street face, with the Condo Presentation center as the street level focus of attention.

This brick building was constructed in 1912-1913 by Braunton and Leibert Architects.

Early Bavaria Porcelain

A bone china saucer trimmed in a gold ring, followed by a deep sky blue center with hand painted bouquet of flowers centered within the cup depression. As shown below, in the bottom row, frame left as being marked in gold as letters J K W around a crown, marked Bavaria underneath, followed at the next line as Western Germany, followed by Kundasberis (other stamps by this company have Karlsbad printed below the logo) then 22 Karat Gold on the bottom line.

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In 1930 the 1896 born Josef Kuba opened a small porcelain factory with its own little decoration studio in the city of Karlsbad (today Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic). During World War II the area was overrun by German forces and remained occupied until 1945. Following the end of the war, Kuba re-established his decoration business in a building on Herbstweg road in the southern part of Wiesau (Bavaria). Since then, his work was mainly based on pieces from the ?Porzellanfabrik Carl Schumann factory in Arzberg (Bavaria) or the Heinrich & Co. factory in Selb (Bavaria) although he occasionally used items by other manufacturers, for example Hutschenreuther or Tirschenreuth. While Kuba decorated many items in a number of different styles like ‘Alt-Wien’ (Old Vienna) or Rembrandt, he preferred to include transfer applications based on oil paintings by the French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard that mainly depict courting couples. With a little luck, one can also still find a few items with the rarely used ‘Ätzgold’ (etched gold) borders.

(From – http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/germany/bavaria/wiesau-01/index.php)

Pressed Glass oil lantern with Beaded Oval windows

As Pressed glass is one of my favorite items to research, I am putting forth this lovely little oil lantern with hopes that it will find it’s way into the known category of maker’s.

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BeadedOval-PressedGlassLamp-January10_2015_05D I’m interested in finding out a little bit about this oil lamp – I’ve posted another page in my regular uploads. It measures about 9 inches in height with the chimney attached.

EAPG – Hanging Lamp fixture – maker unknown

A two color (clear glass and frosted cream color) , pressed glass lamp fixture cover with chrysanthemum flower head in the middle, stylized leaves and stems around in the center pressing, and lovely petal pattern around the dome of the body. The edge is saw-tooth in sections, between the petal ends, the clear glass between the petal ends have fans ending in the saw-tooth edge, and thin flutes dividing each of the petals. The whole light dome measures 15″ in diameter, while the dome is 4″ deep. This pressed glass dome is rather heavy, but hangs on three steel wires that are attached to the dome by pins (see center row, frame right) The opposite ends of the steel wires have hooks that hang from a centered, ceramic fixture (not shown). I have seen this kind of light fixture in homes that were built between 1900 and 1920. When you look closely at the chrysanthemum pressing in the center of the dome, you can see the many flaws that are associated with Early American Pressed Glass.

PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_01D Inside looking out: Three steel wire hangers

PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_01DD Leaves in the middle ring   PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_02D Edge on, looking at the frosted cream colored petals and the saw-toothed edge fans in between.

PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_03D Outside looking through the Chrysanthemum pressed into the center.

PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_04D The dome outside edge

PressedGlass-LightFixture-January04_2015_05D  Edge on view outside the dome.

Still sunny in Vancouver

Gotta Love this weather, even though it’s a little frosty.

FlyingAngels-401EastWaterfront-December29_2014_01D FlyingAngels-401EastWaterfront-December29_2014_02D FlyingAngels-401EastWaterfront-December29_2014_03D FlyingAngels-401EastWaterfront-December29_2014_04D The Flying Angel Seafarers Club 401 East Waterfront. Originally built in 1905, this building was formerly the head office for Hastings Mill and has its place in history as a showhouse for the BC Mills, Timber and Trading Company to showcase methods of prefabrication. This Queen Anne style house with dormer windows and columned wraparound verandah was the companies most elaborate structure. These photos are looking at the front entrance on the western side of the building. Older Photos and story, click here, and inside the building, B, C.

MahSociety-137EastPender-December29_2014_04D MahSociety-137EastPender-December29_2014_03D Moving right along, from the waterfront, I headed to through Gastown, to China Town and noticed the afternoon sun with amazingly dark, contrasty shadows. This is a block of heritage buildings along Pender Street. I’m kicking off with the tallest of the group, which is the Mah Society headquarters at 137 East Pender.

The Mah Society was built in 1913 with a 5th floor (meeting hall) added in 1921. Presently this structure is in use as a retail outlet and SRO Hotel and is a category C, municipally protected building. The Mah Society was informally established in Vancouver in 1919 and purchased its building two years thereafter. It used part of the upper building for rental rooms, which, atypically for a Chinatown clan association, it rented out to nonmembers as well as members. Like other successful associations of this type, the Mahs used rental income to finance most of their operations. It also claimed both national headquarters status as well as local branch status. Eventually the local (Vancouver) branch physically removed itself to a separate building on 41 East Hastings. In recent years, the Mah Society has undertaken new activities, the most notable of those being the Sports Club.

HotelEurope-43Powell-December29_2014_01D The Hotel Europe – standing at the intersection of Alexandria, Water Street and Powell (43 Powell Street) Hotel Europe is a six-story heritage building located at 43 Powell Street (at Alexander) in the Gastown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. The building was commissioned by hotelier Angelo Calori and built in 1908–1909 by Parr and Fee Architects. Situated on a triangular lot, the building is designed in the flatiron style. It was the first reinforced concrete structure to be built in Canada and the earliest fireproof hotel in Western Canada. Contractors had to be brought in from Cincinnati, Ohio for the necessary expertise; the Ferro-Concrete Construction Company began this project six years after constructing the first tall concrete building in the world. With funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the building was renovated in 1983 as affordable housing with A. Ingre and Associates as the project designers. The residential units are now managed by the Affordable Housing Society. A beer parlor formerly existed below the ground floor, which included areaways extending underneath the above sidewalks. To prevent a cave-in from the weight of pedestrians and above ground traffic, the City of Vancouver filled the areaway in with pea gravel at a cost of $215,000, which presumably can be easily removed in the event of future restoration.


Winter in the City -The Dominion Building

Dominion Heritage Building at 207 West Hastings Street in Downtown Vancouver.

Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_03D On a bright, sunny day, the terra-cotta brick work against the blue background sky looks awesome.

Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_05D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_04DThe beautiful  arched windows on the south face.

\ Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_02D Looking up at the roof above the fourteenth floor at the southeastern corner.

Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_01D The capital on the top of the western column in the entrance.

Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_13D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_11D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_08D Inside the Main Entrance looking up at the arched ceilings and interior light,  and the light fixture over the outside entrance.

Cutler-Mailing-System-Dominion-December29_2014_01D Ground floor of the Cutler Mailing System

Cutler-Mailing-System-Dominion-December29_2014_02D Second floor, upper floors look similar – mail was deposited into the slot and traveled to the ground floor where the postman would empty the main box every day.
Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_19D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_23D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_17D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_15D Views of the Steel Staircase that goes from the first floor all the way to the Fourteenth.
Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_27D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_29D Dominion-207WestHastings-December29_2014_30D Looking up at stonework on the southeastern corner.

JacksonsBeefHouseJuly29_1983_01D A view of the Subterranean entrance to the Dominion Building which was, in July 29 1983, the home of Jackson’s Beef House.