This unassuming Kitsilano constructing’s historical past goes again to 1907


A boxy constructing on 1st Avenue and Maple Avenue has fairly the backstory.

At first look, this may increasingly look like a boxy condominium dwelling, just like others all through Vancouver within the earlier to mid-Twentieth century.

A better inspection of the constructing’s siding on this 1933 print, nevertheless, reveals the outlines of the place home windows, doorways and a porch roofline as soon as have been. These faint scars have been reminders of the constructing’s unique design when entry to the higher ground was by way of a set of stairs protruding out of the constructing’s west facet.

Positioned on the nook of 1st Avenue West and Maple Avenue, this construction was initially erected as St. Mark’s Mission by the Reverend William Tuson in 1907.

St. Mark’s didn’t occupy this website for lengthy. It moved to a extra everlasting constructing at 2nd Avenue and Larch Avenue in 1911. The BC Tract Society and a Seventh Day Adventists Convention have been the subsequent occupants and referred to as the constructing residence for simply over a decade.

From 1921 till 1923, the constructing was generally known as the Inexperienced Lantern Corridor, out there for lease for personal dances and celebrations. Trendy Electrical Carpet Washings occupied the area from 1924 till virtually the top of the last decade when the constructing grew to become solely dedicated to housing and has remained so because of the Kitsilano Housing Society, which refurbished the constructing within the Nineteen Seventies.

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