What Might Have Been

Anyone who knows Commercial Drive knows Joe’s Cafe on the corner of William Street. It is an unprepossessing single-storey flat-roofed structure, not unlike many other similar buildings along the Drive.  This one has been that way since Harry Evans had it built in 1910: Building Permit issued 9th November 1910 Owner: Harry Evans Architect: TownshendContinue reading “What Might Have Been”

Getting To Today On The Drive

During a recent debate on the future of Commercial Drive, Jak King briefly described the historical/social processes that have created the Drive of today. These remarks may be of interest to our readers: “From its founding in the early years of the 1900s through to the Second World War, the Drive was a rather staidContinue reading “Getting To Today On The Drive”

Notes From The March Meeting

Another full house attendance last night — the Boardroom was bursting — including several new attendees, with a lively level of conversations and questions.  As usual, we covered a lot of ground: We began with a presentation by Tania Willard about a piece of public art she is organizing.  The art work will be twoContinue reading “Notes From The March Meeting”

Jack Burch at Age 92 Recalls Grandview’s 1920, 30s, 40s…

  Jack Burch worked at Grandview’s local newspaper, the Highland Echo, from 1949 until he retired in 1994 as the owner and publisher. This video interview starts with Jack’s experiences in Grandview in the 1920s and 1930s, and covers his experiences overseas in World War II. After the War, Jack describes his work at theContinue reading “Jack Burch at Age 92 Recalls Grandview’s 1920, 30s, 40s…”

Meeting Notes: April 2014

There was a heavy rainstorm and a wintry wind last night, but still the came out for the latest of our regular monthly meetings.  As always, the meeting was full of erudite and fun stuff:  We discussed: The student program, working with UBG Geog.  It didn’t work very well for us this year.  In fact,Continue reading “Meeting Notes: April 2014”

Business Development on Commercial Drive

It is very pleasant to see our work used as the basis of a story in Spacing Vancouver:  The article in question is part of Erick Villagomez’s series “Cartographically Speaking” and uses material that was originally presented at one of our meetings about a year or so ago. Erick is a good friend of GHGContinue reading “Business Development on Commercial Drive”

The 900-Block Commercial east side

A group of us were at Zawa’s the other night, after the Heritage Awards, relaxing over food and beers, when the conversation turned to the short one-storey flat-roofed building that sat at Commercial & Venables until it burned down at the end of the 1990s.  It seemed that most of us had memories of oneContinue reading “The 900-Block Commercial east side”

Notes From The February Meeting

We had a busy, lively and highly productive meeting on Thursday last. The Centenary Birthday House project: We are still exploring options for permanent signs for the Centenary House campaign.  These will be offered to those houses that were celebrated in 2012. We followed up on our walk for the 2013 campaign, and will finishContinue reading “Notes From The February Meeting”

Next Event: Talk On December 8th

At 3pm on Saturday 8th December, the Grandview Heritage Group will sponsor an illustrated talk by Jak King on “The Birth of Our Community: Grandview 1890-1915.” It was this quarter-century that turned Commercial Drive and Grandview from a raw forest to one of Vancouver’s primary residential and shopping centres. The talk will take place atContinue reading “Next Event: Talk On December 8th”