Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Juxtaposition - Vancouver Views

Vancouver combines the Old and the New, and blends it into Now. Certain heritage buildings have been saved from destruction and sit juxtapositioned between the shiny, reflective, and sleek in the downtown core.  We'll start at the water.


Canada Place Convention Centre - Dockside

Vancouver's premier convention centre with a beautiful view.  The marine traffic sports variety, too. Parking can be tough in our city.


Canada Place with Submarine and Ship in berths, by DG Hudson


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The Vancouver Sun building, a newspaper icon, is shown in the background on the left (the name emblazoned at the very top ledge) and the original Sears Tower, now called Harbour Centre, is on the right background. In between these two stalwarts, this new blue design has added a bit of colour.

Vancouver Style - Old and New by DG Hudson


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The Marine Building, with its Art Deco design is contrasted by its neighbors, mirrored and reflective. In the foreground is a polished sculpture of Dolphins. In my haste, I neglected to get the details about the sculpture.



Marine Building with Dolphin sculpture, DG Hudson


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The Vancouver Art Gallery (formerly the Courthouse) faces Robson Street, a popular meeting spot. Robson Square offers street buskers and other interesting events, wide sidewalks, shops and eateries of various types. In spring and summer, you might find a band or two performing here.


The Hotel Vancouver , known for the greenish tinge of its copper roof, is on the left behind the Art Gallery. This Fairmont hotel was one of several 'railway hotels' owned by the rail companies which connected the provinces.



Art Gallery, Hotel Vancouver, and Robson St. by DG Hudson


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Dramatic design, minimal and reflective to lighten the effect. The sleek exterior may appeal to those who value a great view.



Vancouver Architecture by DG Hudson

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Christ Church Cathedral at Georgia and Burrard, sits across the street from The  Hotel Vancouver. These photos were taken when we were on our way to Christ Church Cathedral, another Heritage building in the downtown core, for a by-donation concert performed by the West Coast Symphony.
Update:
On my other blog, 21st Century Journal-Music in the Rafters, I've written about this old church in Vancouver.



Christ Church Cathedral and Hotel Vancouver, by DG Hudson


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Do you have buildings like this in your city or town? Older? More modern? Know any of these sights? I'd be interested in your responses. Please share in the comments and thanks for visiting.


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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Building The Marine Building

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Vancouver The Hotel Vancouver

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32 comments:

  1. Those are some amazing buildings! Full of personality.

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    1. Thanks, Alex, we do have a variety. With mountains surrounding, anything fits.

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  2. I visited Vancouver once, when I was thirteen, and I sincerely wish I remembered more. I think I like the first image best but all of these pictures are a nice breakfast for the eyes first thing in the morning, D.G. Thanks!

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    1. It's changed so much since I first moved here, Suze, (when it was a big city that acted like a smaller town) - we have trolley buses in the city core, but now we also have Skytrain.

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    2. When I visited, it was *all* about the bicycles.

      D.G., I've give you an award. If you have the chance, check it out.

      http://subliminalcoffee.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-scream-social.html

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  3. I assume I'll be near that Fairmont Hotel in a few weeks, if it's near the railway station. I'm going to Victoria for a few days and then taking the ferry to Vancouver to catch the train to Jasper. From there, I'll see Banff and Lake Louise. I did this trip twice as a kid with my parents (by car, not train) and remember just how gorgeous everything was.

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    1. Well do you have time to see any of the city? Will you travel by VIA Rail or is it the Rocky Mountaineer?

      There is one train station near our Science World site and Skytrain station. It's close to Chinatown and also close to downtown (by Skytrain), where these photos are from.

      I hope you'll share your trip on your blog afterwards.

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  4. We live near a small town and a few of the buildings date back to the 1700's and many more are Civil War era.
    Harrisburg actually has some 1600's building, original trading posts.

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    1. I like exploring old sites, history fascinates me. I haven't visited in your area, either. I vote for preservation of these historical buildings.

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  5. I wish we'd gone into Vancouver, but we only saw it from a distance. We spent several days on Vancouver Island thought and some of the buildings looked similar.

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    1. In Victoria, some of the buildings would be similar. Victoria has a lot of very nice heritage houses as well.

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  6. Vancouver is somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I believe it's much like NZ, albeit enormously bigger.

    One day perhaps ...

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    1. I think you're right, Vancouver has areas here that could support Hobbits, Elves and perhaps Dwarves (upcountry). If you need dragons,there's always our Chinatown. I'd love to visit New Zealand.

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  7. I lived in New York City for many years, and believe it or not, many of your Vancouver buildings (and even the port) remind me of NYC buildings I remember well. Thanks for introducing me to your city and also making me a wee bit homesick for NYC. :-)

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    1. Sorry for inciting the homesickness. Most port cities have some similarities. Any place that has held pleasant memories can bring on that regret feeling. Lucky you, getting to live in NYC!

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  8. I want to visit Vancouver someday--it sounds like a fascinating place.

    I've never really lived in a place with such a mix of modern and old.

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    1. It's an interesting city with mountains, parks, and many cultures. Beaches, lots of food - lots of restaurants. Many photo ops. I'll be posting more city shots as part of this series.

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  9. Lots of beautiful history. Thanks for sharing it DG. I love learning about places and buildings.

    My hometown in Oroville, CA has a lot of history too. I never thought about it until I started using it as the setting for my womens fiction trilogy. We have the Chineese Temple, the old Oroville Inn that now has a new face and serves as a senior living facility, several mansions that date back to the 1800's, many old store fronts that have been modernized but retain their original structures (surviving the massive 1970's something earthquakes).

    There are several modern county/city buildings that boast original art depicting Myers Street dating back to the gold rush days. You know, Ishi, the last Yahi Indian was discovered in my home town of Oroville?

    Sometimes I think we, as individuals, forget that our world isn't the only one that existed before us. Now I appreciate historical societies that preserve architecture and art.

    ......dhole

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    1. I think you're right, Donna, in today's fast-paced world, some people forget what came before. It is important to preserve some of our history. That applies world-wide.

      Your book sounds interesting. I'm also glad you like history and architecture too. I like California a lot.

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  10. Beautiful. I love the masterful blending of new with old. I would definitely love to get to Vancouver one day.

    This weekend I had the pleasure of walking along the river in downtown Chicago - outstanding architecture there as well.

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    1. And I would like to see Chicago one day, Nicki, I've only had flight connections there on my way to Atlanta. It's a city known for the Chicago Blues. In the airport I grabbed Cubs hats and blues CDs when I passed through.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I LOVE your opening sentence. The idea of combining the old with the new to create the now is very appealing. (And cleverly expressed.)

    Vancouver looks like an amazing city. When cities raze their old buildings, which ooze personality, to replace them with bigger, better, shinier, taller modern edifices, they're demolishing their characters and histories, too.

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    1. Thanks, Susan!

      Usually it takes a group effort to save the venerable old buildings. It also makes a difference where they are located.

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  12. I enjoyed your photos. It gave me a taste of the place. London, close to me, has some wonderful old buildings. I remember having tears in my eyes when I first arrived from Australia.

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    1. I understand Francene. When I first laid eyes on Vancouver, I said, This feels like home, and it has been since then.

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  13. Those are great pictures. Vancouver is a really nice city!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! It 'shows' better on a sunny day when you see the surrounding mountains.

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  14. You have such an eye for the sweep, breath, and lovely detail to the world around you. I feel as if I have walked the streets of Vancouver with you! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Roland. I have one camera eye, and one artist eye. It helps. If you feel like you walked beneath these buildings, that's great. That's what I want to convey - the feeling of being there.

      More to come. . .

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  15. Loved this visit via your pictures. I have never been to Vancouver and will probably never have the chance to go in person, so it was nice to get the virtual visit.

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    1. Great, Maryann, visiting cities via virtual tours gives a hint of the place. That and Google Earth.

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  16. We have a neat mixture of old and new here, the old often dating back to gold rush times. I love the towns that still have the old Wild West-type store fronts, like Old Colorado City.

    Great photos! You always post such knowledgeable information about the subjects of your pics.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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