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A Person owning an older commercial building is faced with 4 alternatives 1. Raze 2. Sell 3. Exploit 4. Rehabilitate Text slide on choices a building owner faces Second slide in set to accompany The Townsite Story This is a story of what can happen to an historic area Hit by urban shift, wars and depression [The Brinsmead building - 301 W. Cordova Street] The Townsite Story [title slide] [73 Water Street] When Water Street was made a link between the bridges And truck access from Water Street was restricted Arlington Hotel - Cordova at Cambie [304 W. Cordova Street] Gave way to quality shops [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova Street] [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova Street] By owners agreeing to co-ordinate their colour schemes [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova Street] [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova Street] Norris Safe 318-320 W. Cordova Norris Safe 318-320 W. Cordova Text slide about how building owners co-operated San Francisco's Barbary Coast Was transformed into Jackson Square . . . Centre for the Decorative Arts The Civic Trust brought Facade co-ordination . . . . . .to Norwich's Magdalen Street [341 Water Street] . . . of Buildings in the 300 block Water Street . . . was pointed out by R. Hassel in a UBC Architectural Undergraduate report [300-block W. Cordova Street] [Interior of New Look Interiors - 300-block W. Cordova Street] [Interior of New Look Interiors - 300-block W. Cordova Street] Cloth Hall sub ground storage - Old white goods [Interior 332 Water Street] [Interior] Lounge Fashion Clothes Ltd. - 328 W. Cordova N.W. Corner Water and Abbott [101 Water Street] From poultry to footwear [375 Water Street] Interior view of a men's clothing store [326 W. Cordova Street] [Side view of 301 Water Street] [Interior - Marjorie Hamilton] [Mercantile Building - 318 Homer Street] At night the Townsite is Go Go [Dominion Hotel - 210 Abbott Street] In short the Townsite Story is a story of rebirth The townsite has many interesting reminders of Vancouver's past Masonic Temple In the '20's [Dominion Hotel - 210 Abbott Street] Alhambra Hotel started in 1887
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The Townsite Story - Automatic [slide show]

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Melville G. Thomson

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AM123-S4--

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  • 1960-1968 (Creation)

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56 photographs : col. slide ; 35 mm

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The records were donated, on behalf of Diana E. Thomson, wife of Mercantile Mortgage Company Limited Director, M. Gerald Thomson, by their daughter Nora Greig.

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File contains a slide show called "The Townsite Story" created by M. Gerald Thomson which details some of the history, development and urban renewal of the Gastown area in the 1960s looking ahead to the 1970s. The slides were used for a public display at the Vancouver Public Library then located at the corner of Robson & Burrard where the slideshow ran on a continuous loop. The slideshow was also delivered as a presentation shown to business groups or associations. The primary reason for the creation and presentation of the slideshow was the widespread interest in and protest against Project 200 in 1967/68. The proposed development would have put freeways along the Vancouver waterfront through areas including Strathcona and Gastown.
File contains 56 35 mm color slides, many with captions, showing commercial buildings and streetscapes in Downtown Vancouver, B.C. Some slides also show automobiles, street signs, traffic signals and other city signage. Some slides are taken from existing archival photographs. Only original slides with identifiable buildings have been described.
CVA 810-214: [The Brinsmead building - 301 W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-216: [73 Water St.]
CVA 810-219: Arlington Hotel - Cordova at Cambie [304 W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-221, CVA 810-222: [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-224, CVA 810-225: [Arlington Block - 304 W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-226, CVA 810-227: Norris Safe 318-320 W. Cordova
CVA 810-234: [341 Water St.]
CVA 810-237: [300-block W. Cordova Street]
CVA 810-238, CVA 810-239: [Interior of New Look Interiors - 300-block W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-240: Cloth Hall sub ground storage - Old white goods [Interior 332 Water St.]
CVA 810-241: [Interior] Lounge Fashion Clothes Ltd. - 328 W. Cordova
CVA 810-242: N.W. Corner Water and Abbott [101 Water St.]
CVA 810-244: [375 Water St.]
CVA 810-246: [326 W. Cordova St.]
CVA 810-247: [Side view of 301 Water St.]
CVA 810-248: [Interior - Marjorie Hamilton]
CVA 810-249: [Mercantile Building - 318 Homer St.]
CVA 810-251: [Dominion Hotel - 210 Abbott St.]
CVA 810-256: [Dominion Hotel - 210 Abbott St.]
CVA 810-258: [The Alhambra Hotel - 8 Water St.]
CVA 810-259: [The Terminus Hotel - 28 Water St.]

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Photographic images in this file have been assigned catalogue numbers CVA 810-208 to CVA 810-262.

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See PAM 1978-70 "The Townsite Story: The Origins of Vancouver's Gastown Revitalization" written by Melville Gerald Thomson in 1978

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