It was never a landmark, but the two-storey building on the southwest corner of Cambie and Broadway was well-known merely because of its location. A lot of meals got served in its various restaurant guises, mostly recently Original Joe’s. Now it’s toast.
To be replaced by this:
Like the six-storey office building on the northwest corner, it’s a definite upgrade from its predecessor but will never be considered architecture worthy of its location – in less than a decade, a major exchange point between the Broadway subway and Canada Line. Likely the same will be true for the northeast corner, currently home to a billboard and assorted fast-food joints. Though owned by the City, the site is constrained by the view corridor that ensures the mountains and downtown skyline will remain visible from City Hall. In particular, the Mayor’s office.
The only corner that may eventually get something architecturally significant is the southeast block, where the entry to the Canada Line station will continue to hug the corner.
The City also owns the entire block, and has held the site with the intention of expanding the government campus, perhaps including a new council chamber and offices, as it exhausts the stock of nearby lease-able space. Like the buildings that have held one of the most strategic intersections in the city, this is all tentative, no doubt to be rethought along with the rest of the Broadway corridor as planning proceeds for the SkyTrain extension.