SOUTH GRANVILLE BACK STORIES

With over 100 years of history as a neighbourhood there are so many stories to share and below you will find some of the more interesting ones. From the earliest days when 16th avenue was considered the edge of the city to the opening of Piggly Wiggly and the day the Queen & King paid us a visit – it’s all here for you to explore.


 

 

 

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

South Granville wasn’t short of fun. You could spend an evening with E. Earl Ellis at his Peter Pan Ballroom in the 1600 block of W. Broadway.


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SAWDUST AND DOORS

It’s hard to imagine today, but just west of Granville Street between 10th and 11th Avenues at the lane was the BC Hardwood Floor Co.


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SURREY, SELMAN, AND EVANS AND OTHERS

As soon as the streetcar line was extended south from Broadway, a number of modest apartment buildings began to appear along South Granville.


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SAFEWAY AND THE PIGGLY WIGGLY

Safeway Stores started in Los Angeles a few years before World War One as the Sam Seelig Company. The modern Safeway was created when Seelig


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FOURTH AVENUE

In 1907 city council officially changed the name of the street from False Creek to the top of the hill at 9th Avenue to


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AT THE END OF THE CITY

Did you know 16th Ave was once the edge of Vancouver? When in April 1886 the City of Vancouver was formally established by an act of


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SECOND GRANVILLE BRIDGE WAS A FEAT OF ENGINEERING

Second Granville Bridge was a feat of engineering: The 1910 edition of the Engineer and Contractor extolled the virtues of the new bridge across


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RAT PORTAGE

A strange name for a business, but the Rat Portage sawmill on False Creek was one of the largest operations in the city and took


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FIFTH AVENUE

In 1907 the city council officially changed the street from False Creek to the top of the hill at 9th Avenue to South Granville Street.


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LIGHTING OUR WORLD

In between the shopping and the eating take a close look at South Granville’s street lights. Along with more modern poles there are a number


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MOVIE THEATRES

Before the Stanley, movies could be seen at the Fairview Theatre, later the Roxy, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The Fairview was demolished when


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RAVINES, CREEKS AND CAMPING?

In 1885 Lachlan Hamilton made his way up the slope from False Creek to a spot next to a small ravine and creek where he


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WELCOMING ROYALTY

In 1939, South Granville was decorated with flags and streamers hung on the light standards from the bridge to 15th Avenue to welcome


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GOOD FOOD AND COMPANY—REMEMBERING THE NORMANDY RESTAURANT

For over 70 years, the Normandy was the popular spot at 2675 Granville Street to meet friends and grab a bite to eat. Simple, affordable


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