Another parkade that has already bit the dust (or, rather, turned into dust) is historically on a site that was the first thing a visitor would see after arriving by train (whether CPR or SkyTrain) and exiting Waterfront Station. The corner of Cordova and Granville is documented, of course, by Changing Vancouver:Read more »
The parkade in the 700-block Seymour served the Vancouver Centre complex anchored by the Scotia Tower at Georgia and Granville, surely one of the most boring buildings on one of the best locations in Canada.
When it replaced the much-loved Birks Building in 1974, it helped provoke the heritage movement in the city, and eventually the provincial legislation which preserved our best landmarks. (Think of it as the Pennsylvania Station of Vancouver. Penn Station was a magnificent neoclassical rail terminal in New York, the demolition of which led to the American National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.)
The worst part of Vancouver Centre is the mediocre low-rise element at the southeast corner of our most important downtown intersection.Read more »
They came for the surface parking lots. Then they came for the gas stations. Now they’ve come for the parkades.
In truth, developers have been coming for the downtown’s parking structures for some time – like this one at Thurlow and Alberni, as seen on Streetview in 2011:Read more »