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#641 Nparker

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:14 PM

I can't quite figure the current location of the "Plaza" and the "Dominion" above.



#642 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:18 PM

The intersection of Fort and Cook back in the day was rocking a Vancouver vibe. The overhead lines and the old bank building in a neighbourhood setting reminds me a bit of 4th and Alma.

 

Also consider the claims staked to the north, like the Scott Building on Hillside/Douglas and the Leland on Bay/Douglas. Those visionary builders assumed Victoria's urban form would expand much more than it did. Only now, a century later are we planning comparable buildings to go alongside them.


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#643 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:21 PM

I can't quite figure the current location of the "Plaza" and the "Dominion" above.

 

Right where Atrium is now. The Atlas facade at the far right is still here, now called Yates Centre.


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:22 PM

...Capitol Theatre was half-decently impressive from the front but not exactly a beauty on the Blanshard Street side:

 

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pic from https://archives.vic...capitol-theatre

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

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#645 Nparker

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:23 PM

Right where Atrium is now. The Atlas facade at the far right is still here, now called Yates Centre.

I guess I didn't squint at the photo close enough, as I should have figured that out.



#646 Nparker

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:28 PM

Also consider the claims staked to the north, like the Scott Building on Hillside/Douglas and the Leland on Bay/Douglas. Those visionary builders assumed Victoria's urban form would expand much more than it did. Only now, a century later are we planning comparable buildings to go alongside them.

And I'd say "comparable" is being generous considering what is proposed for the revamped Scott Building.



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:34 PM

Government at Yates looking north:

 

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pic from https://archives.vic...-yates-street-2



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:55 PM

We've talked about the corner of Broad and Pandora before. Methinks the evolution here is a pretty good indictment of the hollow attitude that tends to prevail in Victoria re: architectural heritage. If somebody wants to do any development or redevelopment in the old town then the old town milieu suddenly becomes very precious. But otherwise, people are perfectly content to allow regression like this to happen, and to allow the (precious or not?) district to suffer the consequences for decades on end.

 

I suppose I should be satisfied that any building at all was allowed to go up on the parking lot. The "open space" defenders would be out in force today.

 

From downtown/old town building:

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https://archives.vic...-pandora-avenue
 

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To surface parking lot:

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pic from https://archives.vic...in-background-2

 

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To I don't know what:

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#649 Nparker

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:51 PM

Methinks the parking lot was almost a better use of this site than the grotty little late 70s/early 80s box that is there now. At least the parking lot had the potential to be something better.



#650 aastra

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 10:58 PM

Some of the recent pics in this thread really tell the tale re: that late 1950s/early 1960s effort to put overhead lines underground.



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 11:20 AM

Government at Yates looking north:

 

 

pic from https://archives.vic...-yates-street-2

 

 

For what it's worth, the current building at the NE corner of government and yates I think is one of victoria's hidden architectural gems. 

 

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What it looks like today:  https://www.google.c...!7i13312!8i6656



#652 Rob Randall

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 11:28 AM

^You could safely say the newer cut out for the Starbucks entrance was an improvement. Not all modern alterations actually enhance a building.


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#653 Biro

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 09:21 AM

The intersection of Fort and Cook back in the day was rocking a Vancouver vibe. The overhead lines and the old bank building in a neighbourhood setting reminds me a bit of 4th and Alma.
 
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pic from https://archives.vic...nd-cook-streets
 
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Capitol Theatre was half-decently impressive from the front but not exactly a beauty on the Blanshard Street side:
 
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pic from https://archives.vic...capitol-theatre


Are those swing down emergency exit ladders I see? Very cool photo thanks for sharing. A lot of people hate on the capitol 6 design, I actually like it and will be sad to see its bulky mass and delicate greenhouse taken down. It’s certainly a unique building if anything.

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#654 Nparker

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 09:28 AM

 

A lot of people hate on the capitol 6 design, I actually like it and will be sad to see its bulky mass and delicate greenhouse taken down. It’s certainly a unique building if anything.

If it didn't have such a lifeless presence along most of its Blanshard Street facade, I don't think it would be too bad. 



#655 Biro

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 01:14 PM

If it didn't have such a lifeless presence along most of its Blanshard Street facade, I don't think it would be too bad.


It’s a big blocky wall this much I can agree on. Hopefully something comes of the Jawl YMCA collab.

 



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