Alexandra – Davie Street

Alexandra 1

Alexandra replaces a really nondescript retail unit on the corner of Davie and Maxine’s, a former beauty parlour that later became a restaurant. Maxine’s is still there, sort of, with some of the facade retained and repaired. On the lower floors of the building are rental apartments, and there are condos in the remaining part of the 19 storey tower, designed by Henriquez Partners Architects.

Before images 2009, after images 2013.

Alexandra 2


720 Robson Street

720 Robson

This new office and retail building designed by Musson Cattell Mackey replaces Maclure & Lort’s Farmer Building, completed in 1922 for Texan V D Farmer. The new building will have Old Navy as the mani retail tenant and three floors of office above. Unlike 1922, when this was the first major investment in the city for some time, the new building is relatively minor compared to the new office towers rising elsewhere, and the massive makeover of the former Sears premises in Pacific Centre across the street.

Before image: 2011; after image 2013.

900 Block – Granville Street

900 block Granville

A few years ago Granville Street had some noteable gaps. Today it’s almost complete – here’s the 900 block with nearly 10 years between the pictures. The street itself has had a makeover – there are new street trees, new lights with vertical poles and new sidewalks, somewhat spoiled by the retained parking bays in the (supposed) pedestrian area.

There are three new buildings on sites that were vacant from before 2000. Two were completed in 2006 and the third, larger 3-storey building in 2012. All three were developed by Bonnis Properties and designed by Studio One Architecture.

Before image 2004; after image 2013