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Vancouver’s unbuilt leisure palace

While working on rehousing some of our map collection, I recently came across drawings from one of the more interesting unrealised development projects in the city’s past: a winter swimming pool and leisure complex proposed for English Bay in 1920.

Public natatorium and concert hall, English Bay (Sharp and Thompson, in conjunction with A.S. Wootton, 1920). Reference code: VPK-S98: LEG1969.09

For over a century, English Bay beach has been one of Vancouver’s most popular playgrounds. English Bay has always attracted waterfront development, and in the early years, privately-built and operated bathing houses, as well as residences, lined the shoreline. Continue reading

Our Summer Architecture Exhibit


The City of Vancouver Archives gallery space has been transformed, exhibiting concrete works created by Master of Architecture students from the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA)

Exhibit opening remarks: Bill Pechet (lecturer SALA UBC); Kelly Henry (Architectural Project Manager Ductal®-Lafarge); Leslie Mobbs (City Archivist)

In the fall of 2010, Bill Pechet’s heavy studio class created 12 different architectural project proposals. Using an empty lot, situated at 177 West Pender Street, students were assigned to imagine and design in its place a satellite facility for the primary City of Vancouver Archives.  Continue reading