Series S511 - Planning Department's slide file photographs

[View of] Downtown from Cambie Bridge [View of downtown Vancouver at night from North Vancouver] [Night view of the West End and] downtown from Broadway at Stephens [View of downtown buildings along Burrard Street looking North] Looking at rear of [buildings] facing Beatty St[reet] (between Georgia and Robson) from West End ... [Cityscape view of downtown looking North-West] [View of Downtown buildings with superimposed rendering] [Aerial view of Downtown Vancouver and False Creek] [View of the Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards Street] Old King George School community facility ready for demoltion or re-use [Exterior view of the] Rogers Building at 470 Granville [Street] [House at] 1380 Hornby [View of the Toronto Dominion Tower, 700 West Georgia Street, at] Granville Street and Georgia St... [View of the Granville Square Building at 200 Granville Street; part of] Project 200 [Building at the corner of West Pender Street and the 400 block Richards Street] [Buildings and businesses in the] 300 [block] W[est] Pender [Street] [View of the] MacMillan Bloedel [building at 1075 West Georgia Street] [View of the Bentall Centre and the Melville Building under construction] on Burrard Street [Side view of the Marine Building, 355 Burrard Street] [Detail of the Marine Building's arched entrance, 355 Burrard Street] [View of the] YWCA Building [at 580 Burrard Street,] Burrard and Dunsmuir [View of the] Royal Bank [at 404 West Hastings Street] [View of a] sign, storefront "Game Ranch," Theatre Row, [Movieland Arcade at 904 Granvi... [View of a] sign, storefront "Quality Gifts," Theatre Row, [at 995 Granville Street] [View of a] sign "Style Shop" [ Mrs. Anne G. Clark ladies wear,] Theatre Row, [at 989 G... "Belmont Grocery," Theatre Row, [at 999 Granville Street] "The Book Barrel," Theatre Row, [at 891 Granville Street] [Birks Building before demolition] [View of the Randall Building at] 535 W[est] Georgia Street [View of the Devonshire Hotel] at 849 W[est] Georgia [Street] [Entrance detail of the Marine Building, 355 Burrard Street] [View of  Untitled (Silver Bird) sculpture at the corner of Granville and Georgia] [View of the] Pemberton Building [at 744] W[est] Hastings [Street] [View of the Vancouver Club at] 915 West Hastings [Street] Yale Hotel [at] 1300 Granville [Street] Pacific Centre [construction] progress Pacific Centre [construction progress] [View of the Victoria House Rooms apartment building on] 514 Homer [Street] [Vancouver Resource Building on] 535 Homer [Street] [View of the Richmond Apartments and the rear of the Hotel Vancouver] [Houses along] Helmcken St[reet] [Houses along] Hamilton [Street] between Smithe [Street] and Robson [Street] [House at 1021] Richards St[reet] [House at] 811 Hamilton [Street] [View of buildings along] Burrard [Street from] Pender [Street] [View of buildings from] Hastings St[reet] at Granville [Street] [View of buildings along] Georgia [Street] at Howe [Street] [View from Comox] Street [in the West End showing] trees Hastings St[reet] at Beatty [Street], facade of old building well maintained [View of the 800 block Granville Street, Theatre Row]
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Planning Department's slide file photographs

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on characteristics of series and the department's title ('slide file').
  • Variations in title: Formerly titled as 'Departmental slide file photographs'

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816 photographs : col. and b&w film transparencies ; 35 mm or smaller

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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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Series consists of photographs taken by the Planning Department according to the requirements of departmental projects over the years. Twenty-one of Vancouver's local areas are represented, including: Central Business District [downtown], Fairview, Grandview-Woodland, Hastings-Sunrise, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Kerrisdale, Killarney, Kitsilano, Marpole, Mount Pleasant, Oakridge, Renfrew-Collingwood, Riley Park, South Cambie, Shaughnessy, Strathcona, Sunset, Victoria-Fraserview, West End, and West Point Grey. Additional areas represented are: Chinatown, False Creek, Gastown (including Blood Alley Square, Trounce Alley, Maple Tree Square, and Gastown Days), Granville Island and Granville Mall, Stanley Park, Harbour (Waterfront), Yaletown, and B.C. Place. Arranged alphabetically by local area, followed by specific areas.

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Transferred from Graphic Services Division in 1991.


Series previously known as part of unappraised and undescribed series 137 (Planning Department photographs, 1950-1991, CVA 1095).
Photographic images in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers in the range CVA 780-1 to CVA 780-816.

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Slides in this series are kept in frozen storage and require 24 hours notice to view. Please refer to digital images on the archives website.

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