It took only a century to grow from our humble beginnings as a place where vacationers pitched their tents to becoming one of Vancouver’s best shopping, arts and cultural destinations. Almost grown up now, we’re looking ahead to the next one hundred years; and the best is yet to come.
It’s been known as a “mud wallow”, occasionally the North Arm Road and then Centre Street, before being officially named South Granville in December of (History of the South Granville neighbourhood, Vancouver, British Columbia.
For many years a modest two storey building on the north west corner of Broadway and Granville was home to Broadway Shoes. But few people knew that the artist Emily Carr had set up her studio on the second floor in 1912 after returning to Vancouver from her two years in France. (More history of the South Granville neighbourhood in Vancouver, British Columbia.)
Piggly Wiggly opened a location in the 3000 block of Granville in the shopfront of the Crescent Apartments. The Safeway company bought Piggly Wiggly’s west coast assets in the eventually converting the stores to the Safeway brand.
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 set up a camp. Hamilton had chosen a spot pretty much at today’s 10th and Granville. And this is where he set to surveying the slope above False Creek in preparation for the Canadian Pacific Railway’s first major subdivision of land on the south shore of the creek. (History of the South Granville neighbourhood, Vancouver, British Columbia.)