Architectural Tour: Strathcona

  • August 18, 2013 · 3:15 PM
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Part of the old East End and developing after the extension of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the end of the 19th century, Vancouver's oldest residential area became known as Strathcona only since the 1950s with reference to urban renewal projects. The established working class and immigrant neighborhood was protected by community resistance in subsequent years, and consequently, mostly, saved. We can still find colorful stores, apartments and homes in various architectural styles, such as Victorian, Cottage and Foursquare as well as local vernaculars based on them. These wooden clad structures, significant to the history of the city's planning, still stand amongst many places of worship, brick and stone clad buildings of similar styles, light industrial buildings and even modern concrete types.

View of houses on Jackson Avenue from the corner of Oppenheimer Park; still standing.

Our tour is organized by the AIBC, the professional regulatory body for architects in our province, which promotes education and good practice in architecture, all of course for the welfare of the public. The tours are scheduled during the summer months, but we have booked a private tour to accommodate our photographic needs. Our tour will run for about two hours and will allow time to make photographs during the walk-about.

View of Georgia Street; now gone.

You can read more about the neighborhood and its history at the Strathcona Residents' Association website.

The Walk-about
We'll meet at the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer St (see map), at 3:15pm sharp. This will give us time to group, take attendance and collect the fee for the tour. The tour will begin at 3:30pm.

Update:

Our architectural tour will begin at the Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer St). It will run between 1 1/2h and 2h. We will stop at several places to talk about the history and architecture of the buildings, after each narration our guide will pause to allow for photographing, and then we'll move on to the next stop.

For those who might want to photograph along the way, the number of stops can be reduced, but we can quickly discuss this before the start. Please let me know your preference and suggestions by commenting.

The cost for a private group is $150 and our attendance limit is 25 people. Attendance is at 22 so far which will cost each of us about $6.80 (when it's normally $10, and if we can get 25 it will only be $6). When we group at 3:15pm I'll be collecting cash from each of you to give to our guide. If you have RSVPd YES, then you commit to attending and paying your share. Whatever the numbers on that day, we will all share it equally. I'd rather not use Paypal because of the extra charges and it seems like too much work. If attendance falls under 15 the event will be canceled, which I hope it does not.

The Meetup will go on rain or shine.

Afterwards, we'll get a cupper at Caffé Brixton (212 E Georgia St) and share conversation and our images.

The Aim
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.

The Après-Meet
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Dionysios

    It was cool today folks. Thank you all for coming and making the day fun. I was glad I got to get to know y'all a little better. So show us your photographs, even the one's you don't quite like; ask us questions about them, or even about technical or compositional matters, and we'll try to help eachother out.

    À la prochaine!

    August 18, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Of course I'd like to, but since I don't have a scanner presently I can't. And I didn't even take any with my PnS. Some day.

      August 24, 2013

    • Doris F.

      It would be great seeing your photographs...some day!

      August 25, 2013

  • Richard W.

    Thanks Dionysios for organizing the event, it was interesting learning more about Strathcona. Sorry I couldn't make it to drinks afterwards.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Garry

    Also, sorry I didn't join up with the group after for coffee. Next time for sure.

    August 19, 2013

  • Garry

    Very enjoyable! Carlos was great and very patient. Learned a lot about the neighbourhood. Thanks to Dionysios for organizing. I might go back some day and take more photos.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoy it! It was different from being there by myself. I got to learn about the history and details, that on my own would have never noticed!

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Sun

    It was very informative and interesting. Thanks for being such a good host, Dionysios (and his sidekick, Rob)!
    I like the idea of keeping the group small that we can all get to know and learn from each other. It's a great chat at the end of the day. I can see myself improved with this group.

    1 · August 18, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Thank you Sun, I'm glad I got to hear others' stories. And I'm the sidekick :^D

      August 18, 2013

  • Grace R.

    Dionysius - Thank you for organizing this photo shot. It was very interesting. Sorry I didn't join the group for coffee as I needed to get home to my family.

    1 · August 18, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Thank you Grace. And I'm sure we'll bump into eachother at a future meet and we could talk about architecture and buildings.

      August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to be about 10 min late! Sorry! I'm on my way but the bus is taking forever!

    August 18, 2013

  • Dionysios

    It's on! See y'all there. Sharpish. Our guide will be there at about the same time. Please don't be late, because we'll be going at 3:30. And don't forget to charge your battery packs. À bientôt!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Garry

    I agree with Richard. I've walk this area several times and always wondered about the history. Now I have an opportunity to get informed.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Adrian

    yes

    August 17, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Okay folks, we're 14. The tour normally costs $10 per person and here it will be a little more. As is typical with first-time attempts, all the kinks might not be ironed out, but it can be an exciting ride. Are y'all still willing to do it?

    August 16, 2013

    • Richard W.

      Sunday the weather is supposed to get better? Seeing historical sites is always better with a guide and to get.more perspective for our photos I sure hope we still say yes :)!

      August 16, 2013

  • Alan M.

    going to be on the island

    August 16, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, if my emails about attendance sounded severe I apologize; that wasn't my intent. I have to figure out a less frustrating way of organizing such meets, for all of us. Of course, if you have any advice or suggestions please email me. If it does go well, it'll be an annual event. I hope it hasn't turned y'all off, and I'd like to see you regulars again and get to know you first-timers for sure. The weather should be okay. See y'all there.

    August 15, 2013

  • Rob

    Bring your rain gear!

    August 15, 2013

    • Dionysios

      It shouldn't be that bad; light rain it seems. Next week-end looks like the same. Besides, what's a little rain for us Vancouverites?

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    Sorry something has come out.

    August 12, 2013

  • Carissa

    :-( Don't usually work on Sundays, but this Sunday I am

    August 11, 2013

  • Grace R.

    I'm not sure if we need to reapply? Please reconfirm that I'm on the list. Thankyou
    Grace

    August 9, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Noted. But please email me anyway so I can better track attendees.

      August 9, 2013

  • Garry

    I love Architecture. Count me in!

    August 8, 2013

  • Daniel

    I'm lover of photography.

    August 6, 2013

  • robert

    Sorry called into work.look forward to next time.

    August 5, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi Dionysios, I'm a bit confused on the timing...is the 2 hours from 3:30 to 5:30 or does the 2 hours commence once we have actually walked up into Strathcona which is about a 15 minute walk....sorry to be so picky, but I have to be somewhere else by 6PM.....is there any way to find out what street the tour ends on...I'd like to park there and walk back to Victory Square/AIBC so I can just leave.....

    August 4, 2013

    • Dionysios

      I'll check with the guide for more details and respond soon.

      August 4, 2013

    • kelly

      If its starts at the CC, I will be fine...

      August 4, 2013

  • Dionysios

    I've emailed the guide about meeting somewhere in the neighborhood, say the community center, rather than AIBC hq.

    August 4, 2013

    • kelly

      That would be great....I've done this AIBC Tour before and it started at the community centre....that would certainly solve my dilemma...

      August 4, 2013

  • Dionysios

    I turned off the addition of +1 to rsvps. Does anybody wish to +1?

    August 4, 2013

  • Dionysios

    The tour will go on on rain or shine!

    August 4, 2013

  • Azim

    This would be my first 'group' trip so I am looking forward to it

    August 4, 2013

  • kelly

    Is this Rain or Shine?

    August 4, 2013

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