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Series S510 - Downtown and West End buildings inventory photographs

300  Seymour Street west side 600 West Cordova Street south side 300 Granville Street east side 600 West Hastings Street north side 300 Seymour Street west side 400 Seymour Street west side 600 West Hastings Street south side 400 Granville Street east side 600 West Hastings Street south side 400 Granville Street east side 600 West Pender Street north side 400 Seymour Street west side 500 Seymour Street west side 600 West Pender Street south side 500 Granville Street east side 520-550 Granville Street 550-574 Granville Street 520-580 Granville Street 600 Dunsmuir Street north side 600 Dunsmuir Street north side 500 Seymour Street west side 600 Dunsmuir Street south side 600 Seymour Street west side 600 Granville Street east side 600 West Georgia Street north side 650 West Georgia Street south side 700 Seymour Street west side 650 West Georgia Street south side 700 Granville Street east side 742-746 Granville Street 700 Granville Street east side 700 Granville Street east side 600 Robson Street north side 700 Seymour Street west side 800 Seymour Street west side 600 Robson Street south side 600 Robson Street south side 800 Granville Street east side 800 Granville Street east side 600 Smithe Street north side 800 Seymour Street west side 901-955 Seymour Street 600 Smithe Street south side 900 Granville Street east side 900 Granville Street east side 900 Granville Street east side 600 Nelson Street north side 900 Seymour Street west side 1000 Seymour Street west side 600 Nelson Street south side
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Downtown and West End buildings inventory photographs

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of series and departmental title.
  • Variations in title: Series previously known as part of unappraised and undescribed series 137 (Planning Department photographs, 1950-1991, CVA 1095).

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COV-S510

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  • 1981 (Creation)
    Creator
    Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

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Physical description

1,482 photographs : b&w polyester negatives ; 35 mm

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(1952-present)

Administrative history

The Planning Department was established on November 1, 1952 with the appointment of the Director of Planning, further to the July 1951 report commissioned by City Council from town planning consultants Harold Spence-Sales and John Bland (PD 335). The report had proposed that the Vancouver Town Planning Commission hand over the work intensive and detailed aspects of planning but maintain the advisory role to City Council (renamed Vancouver City Planning Commission in 1972). Those aspects were taken on by the new Planning Department, while the more substantial Zoning By-law interpretation and exception decision-making, as well as the broader aspects of city planning were carried out by a committee of relevant senior staff and officials, which was called the Technical Planning Board. The Board was chaired by the Director of Planning.

Previous to the establishment of the Planning Department in 1952 the Town Planning Commission was responsible for city planning (1926-1952). The earliest town planning or city planning activity was carried out under the authority of City Council, in conjunction with the Board of Works, and the Engineering Department (1886-1926).

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Scope and content

Series consists of images which systematically and comprehensively document the whole of Vancouver's central commercial area, along the waterfront from Cardero to Carrall, narrowing southward to False Creek (Thurlow to Richards at the southernmost point). Photographed in August 1981 (as an internship or work experience project) to provide a reference resource in the preparation for the Vancouver Coreplan. Images are generally 45 degree views of buildings, often from block corners. Arranged in a devised image block numbering scheme (individual image numbers reflect that organization).

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Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred from Graphic Services Division in 1991.

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Photographs in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 779.

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Also available as contact prints

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Finding aids

Finding aids include a map which provides a quick overview of the area represented and an item list (also in database), both filed at CVA finding aids (CVA 779).

Associated materials

series 509 (CVA 778, Downtown and West End building facades inventory photographs, 1974, though it covers a smaller geographic area).

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No further accruals expected.

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Old Photo Number: Individual image numbers taken from block numbering key devised to organize the project (e.g. CVA 779-E1.33 is one image, CVA 779-W8 .34-.35 is two similar images).

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