Drugs, Adultery & Betrayal: A Blueprint for Murder
A Violent Murder One of the most famous architects in British Columbia history, found in the sitting room of his England home with his head bashed in. Who is to blame? His wife, a scandalous woman, later painted as a sexual predator? Her 18-year-old lover, passionate but ultimately clueless? It is a murder that has had people whispering and speculating for decades. What really happened to Francis Rattenbury that day in 1935? Only his ghost knows for certain. Early Years
Burrard Street from Pender - 1939/2009
The mighty Hotel Vancouver, the 3rd such hotel in the city, is all that remains in this view looking south from West Pender Street. The top photo was taken just after the hotel was completed, I'm guessing, as it sat half built during most of the depression then was rushed to completion in 1939 for the royal visit. In fact, the top photo looks like the area was dressed up for the royal visit. It's interesting to see what the scale of this area of downtown used to be, mostly one to three-story…
Postcard: Belleville and Menzies Sts., Victoria, BC, c.1910
"Belleville Street and Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C." The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd. Montreal and Toronto. Printed in Great Britain. Eastward view of Belleville Street in Victoria, BC taken from the intersection at Menzies Street. Looming large in the background on the left is the CPR Empress Hotel (1908). Off to the right is the grounds of the Provincial Parliament Building (1898) and out of sight to the extreme left was the CPR Steamship Terminal and dock.
A History of Sex Work in Early Vancouver -
When Florence Mackenzie came to Vancouver in 1894 to set up a brothel, prostitution in the city was conducted in a designated area, or red light district, on Dupont Street, now part of East Pender in Chinatown. Five years later, an attempted murder helped to end Mackenzie’s operation, and soon the red light district would be moved to other areas before being outlawed entirely by the time war broke out in 1914.
Postcard: Inner Harbour, Victoria, BC, c.1910
"Victoria, B. C., from Government Buildings" Souvenir Post Card. The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd. Montreal and Toronto. Printed in Great Britain. View looking north from the Legislature Buildings on Belleville Street in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island.
Once Upon a Tram: The British Columbia Electric Railway in Victoria and Vancouver | SkyriseCities
We take a look at the historic streetcar systems in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia.