999 Seymour Street

999 Seymour ba

For as long as we can remember this site was a surface parking lot on the corner of Seymour and Nelson. There were once modest commercial buildings here, and before that, a century ago, houses.

Acton Ostry’s 22 storey office and condo tower for Townline complete development of the block on Seymour, and add some colour into the neighbourhood.

Before image 2008, After image 2014

Garage – Water Street

Garage

Garage was built in 2009 and is one of four building restored and added to by Acton Ostry Architects for the Salient Group on Water Street. Garage was the youngest of the buildings, designed by McCarter & Nairne and used initially as the Nagle Brothers Garage. It was developed by Ed Baynes of builders Baynes and Horie, and was probably the city’s first parking garage. The redevelopment added three extra residential storeys, with a clear delineation of the original cornice.

Before image c2006; after image 2011

Stella

Stella

Stella on Kingsway in Mount Pleasant, just south of Broadway, marks the first time that a full service car dealership has located underneath a residential tower in the city. The service centre is underground, the showroom on the ground floor, and Acton Ostrey’s contemporary mid-rise completed at the end of 2008 sits on top. The new building replaced a much smaller scale car repair and dealership.

Before image 2005; after image 2009

33 West Pender

33 W Pender

33 West Pender is a condo building in a location better known for non-market housing. Completed in 2009, Acton Ostrey’s modern design is even more dramatic at the back with a series of projecting boxes and coloured glass panels. Although the site had been cleared for many years, there had been a warehouse building on the site that was once the home of Cathay Importers

Before image 2006; after image 2009

The Flack Block

Flack Block

The Flack Block was first built in 1889 with goldrush money and designed by William Blackmore. It used to sit across from the courthouse; now that site is the park called Victory Square. Acton Ostrey’s 2008 refurbishment for the Salient Group adds an almost invisible extra floor, seismic upgrades, and reintroduces a beautifully carved replica of the long-lost original doorway. It features a great coffee spot on Hastings, and superb sandwiches on Cambie Street.

Before image 2005; after image 2009