This thread lives up to its name. One of the very first items on the very first page (from 2006!) was about the Oak Bay Marina development.
Anyway, note the reference to the tweed curtain. I'm also inclined to compare the tone and particulars in this article with the recent Northern Junk controversy in Victoria. In the 1960s, people in stuffy Oak Bay wanted waterfront access, places to enjoy the waterfront, etc. But in the 2010s, forward-thinking Victorians do not want these things? These things do not belong, they threaten the city's character?
February 16, 1964
Marina Caters To People
Focal point of the new look on the other side of the Tweed Curtain is the complex of buildings at Turkey Head which will soon replace the 55-year-old Oak Bay Boat House.
...the complex will provide complete marina service as well as undersea garden and a restaurant for those who just want to enjoy the view.
Most spectacular of the three buildings is the circular restaurant with its umbrella roof. Supported by glue-laminated beams, it affords a 180-degree view in an arc from Windsor Road north to Cadboro Bay and east past Discovery Island.
The same view in a smaller arc is repeated in the coffee shop below.
"Everybody will be welcome here," said Robert Wright, manager and president of Oak Bay Marina Ltd., the Victoria-owned company which is building the structures under a 30-year lease with Oak Bay municipality.
"Some people like to come just to see the small boats in their berths or watch the big boats in the straits," he said.
"We've built promenades so they can walk around and watch what's going on."
In the depths of the undersea gardens they can watch dogfish, octopus, starfish, sea urchins and anemones, a colorful and fascinating pastime.
The familiar turret of the Oak Bay Boat House will soon disappear.
"But we're putting a 10-foot illuminated five-sided needle on top of the restaurant," Mr. Wright said. "That will be the new landmark."
Off topic but check out this article about Vancouver:
February 16, 1964
Vancouver Mayor Thinks Big
Mayor William Rathie envisions a $200,000,000 program of construction and reconstruction in downtown Vancouver during the next few years.
He declined to set an exact time limit on the development but said "it's certainly in the cards if Vancouver is ever going to be the metropolitan city that planners predict."
"We've got to start to think in this kind of figures," the mayor said in an interview.
"After all, the Place Ville Marie in Montreal cost more than $100,000,000 and it is just one project."
Edited by aastra, 05 August 2020 - 08:14 AM.