By our read of the landscape, South Granville is the stretch of Granville St. between West 2nd and West 16th, including one residential block (some might argue two in the case of Broadway) on either side of the strip. Bordering it are the neighbourhoods of Kitsilano, Fairview, and Shaughnessey. It’s one of the more tony high street sections of Vancouver, but there’s nevertheless an accessible assemblage of shops and restaurants, among them two of the province’s culinary titans, Vij’s and West. The northern, heavily sloped section of South Granville is also known as “Gallery Row” on account of its many art galleries and interior design shops.
In South Granville at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the old blue and brown of the iconic Kaplan Building on the southeast corner of Broadway and Granville; magnolia blossoms on the residential blocks between Broadway and West 16th; red Chapters branding; the burgundy exterior of the Chali Rosso Art Gallery; the hard-wood floors inside Scott Landon Antiques; Purdy’s Chocolates purple; the exterior of the Stanley Theatre (six colours – including pink/blue neon); Audi silver; the red brick of the Douglas Lodge Building at 12th and Granville; wall of wine shelving at West Restaurant.
PROPER SHAVES AT FRANK’S BARBER SHOP
HOURS OF ART-GAZING UP AND DOWN GALLERY ROW
THE BIG BLUE “KAPLAN” SIGN AT BROADWAY & GRANVILLE
THE MANY CHARMING, OLD TWO STOREY APARTMENT BUILDINGS ON 13TH & 14TH AVE
THE SURVIVING ARISTOCRATIC SIGN AT CHAPTER’S
ALWAYS INTERESTING SURREALIST WORKS AT CHALI ROSSO
RIEDEL DECANTERS (AND THE STAFF) AT COOKWORKS
FREE SAMPLE LADY AT MEINHARDT FINE FOODS
THE 101 YEAR OLD DOME ATOP THE HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH AT 12TH & HEMLOCK
TERRIFYING DRAUGHT COCKTAILS AT THE MARQUIS
THE EVER-CHANGING COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES & INDUSTRIAL ARTIFACTS AT SCOTT LANDON
STAGE PLAYS AT THE STANLEY THEATRE
– South Granville was originally envisioned to be the “Nob Hill of Vancouver”, referencing an elite area of San Francisco known for its mansions.
– There have been 3 iterations of the Granville Bridge: a wooden trestle in 1889, a stronger steel version in 1909, and the current design built in 1954.
– Built in 1908 just off Granville and West 2nd, the Second Avenue Gurdwar was the first Sikh temple in North America.
– Douglas Lodge at Granville and 12th Avenue, built in 1912, towers over nearby low-rise buildings as an indicator of the neighbourhood development ambitions that were halted by the depression in 1913.
– South Granville turned 100 in 2007, and area businesses celebrated by burying a time capsule under the entrance of the historic Stanley Theatre.
– The historic Stanley Theatre, opened in 1930, was originally a film theatre with admission between 10 and 40 cents.