Trivia on South Granville

Happy Birthday Vancouver 125

It feels a little silly to get all excited about a city turning 125 years old – especially when most cities of note measure their story in centuries rather than decades. But it is OUR city and our history and somehow that seems good enough for me.

The photos are of South Granville circa 1886. It is hard to believe how our neighbourhood has changed in 125 years. Did you know that 16th Avenue was the outer edge of Vancouver in 1886 when the city was incorporated. South Granville was virtually the end of the world back then. We did not exist as an extension of the downtown, but rather as a critical access route to the Fraser River. There are photos of enormous logs that had to be removed to clear a road. In many cases, the logs were simply burned – can you imagine?

According to an article in the Vancouver Courier, I am as rare as a Leprechaun – I was born in Vancouver. What makes me even more rare is my father was born here in 1917 and my mother moved here in 1932 from Saskatchewan. I grew up hearing about wooden plank sidewalks in South Vancouver; fishing at 16th and Oak; hunting at Queen Elizabeth Park; taking the ferry to Richmond; wilderness expeditions to Lynn Canyon, and special dinners at the Granville Street White Spot.

I have watched the city grow and change. Many of our family dinner conversations now revolve around subjects like ‘did you see what they did with Dad’s old warehouse in Yaletown?’ or, guess how many Woodward’s bags still exist in my mother’s basement.

I watched Expo 86 change our city. All we had until that point was the PNE in terms of public events of any size and scale. Expo was professional, and fun, and the world agreed! I can remember going literally hundreds of times with my season’s pass, amazed at the positive energy and later seeing how it brought Vancouver out of the dark ages. For my Mom, it was the beginning of the end for community life as she remembered. Houses got bigger, yards got smaller, street baseball disappeared and knowing your neighbour became a rare thing indeed. She always speaks of that change with a little sadness. For me it was the day Vancouver showed its potential as a world class city. […]

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    Ghost sightings on South Granville in Vancouver at bona fide haunted house

Ghost sightings on South Granville in Vancouver at bona fide haunted house

Ghost sightings on South Granville in Vancouver, are no myth according to staff of Hycroft, a 100 year old Edwardian mansion located in Shaughnessy at 16th & Granville. Hycroft has had many lives, most notably a family home and a veterans’ hospital where many people passed away. A bona fide haunted house in Vancouver (cue scary music) the ghost of Mrs. McRae is said to walk the hallways and communicate from the other side with anyone in the house at the time. Protective of her residence it is said that she questions why others are in her home. […]

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    A South Granville resident laments her move to a new part of town

A South Granville resident laments her move to a new part of town

Dana Lynch is a professional writer and editor and a die-hard Vancouverite. Over the last 5 years she had lived in South Granville, Dana produced some glowing commentaries on all that is our South Granville neighbourhood.

Since July of this year, Dana and her family have moved to another part of town and we will miss her. So as a salute to Dana’s research, her great writing, and her love of this community, we wanted to recap some of her stories here for you.   […]

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    First Shaughnessy: Walter C. Nichol House (1913) Appears to be Saved

First Shaughnessy: Walter C. Nichol House (1913) Appears to be Saved

Over the past 27 years, fifty-one pre-1940 heritage houses have been demolished in First Shaughnessy District, despite the Overall Development Plan’s stated goals to preserve the heritage character of this neighbourhood.
Despite a well-organized opposition from the Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Association, it appears that City Council is still supportive of moving forward with the townhouse solution, that will allow the Nichol House to be preserved.
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Changing Landscape

Story for the South Granville Blog by Paula Foran

As I pulled up next to Hycroft in my humble Toyota Corolla to take photos of the new corner of 16th and Granville, my heart raced. I have gazed at this corner countless times—it is part of my physical and emotional landscape. Until last year when heartbreakingly it was sold, my family home was on 16th and Arbutus and my eight siblings and I attended VC and LFA. The vision of Hycroft still fills me with a whirl of memories of stories from my grandmother and mother. Today I discovered that the Hycroft forest gates, guardians of opulence and mystery, had been replaced by a gaping hole.   […]