Having lived in Vancouver my entire life, I am constantly stunned by the masses of glass architecture that line the streets of downtown. Almost every skyscraper glimmers in the sun, reflecting images of the harbor. However, among the glass giants are a few low-lying buildings that remind Vancouver about its small but tremendous history.
Unlike many cities younger than Vancouver, with great historic sites such as heritage homes and vintage structures, it has little to show after the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886. Beginning as a bush fire, it grew and spread to many parts of the city. Although devastating at the time, this allowed many modern necessities such as electricity, streetcars and water systems to be implemented around the city.
Fascinated by the momentous stone buildings and structures that scream history, I attempted to artistically capture them present day as they would have stood in the past.