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.
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.
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 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.
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.