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Vancouver Art Deco Buildings 11: Bank of Nova Scotia

A former Bank of Nova Scotia

This building has long ceased to be a central Vancouver branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia at 1196 Davie Street, however it has some fine, abstract plant motifs on its exterior. Designed by the firm of Sharp and Thompson as a fairly standard stone faced bank with neo-Classical lines, the Art Deco touches lighten it a bit. It was constructed in 1929.

A neatly arranged collection of plant spirals.
More Art Deco vegetal abstraction on the Bank of Nova Scotia, Davie Street.

Vancouver Art Deco Buildings 12: Bank of Nova Scotia, New Westminster

Fishermen at work, a stone relief.

Although largely subsumed by the Greater Vancouver area, New Westminster is a separate city. Often shortened to New West, it has a 1928 branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia in its city centre that has two excellent Art Deco reliefs on its grey, stone façade. Situated at the corner of Begbie and Columbia streets, the two reliefs show some principal British Columbia industries: fishing and logging.

The other New Westminster Bank of Nova Scotia relief: logging.

Vancouver Art Deco Buildings 13: The Power Block

Façade of the Power Block.

Another building from 1929, the Power Block was given an exterior full of original, bright Art Deco colour by its architects Townley and Matheson. This building, at 817 Granville, was covered in superb, Art Deco, terracotta decoration. Amazingly, at one time there were plans to completely completely demolish it, but it was argued and accepted that the façade was of exceptional quality and so it was preserved and survived.

Blue, green and orange are the featured colours on the Power Block.
A floral panel.
A bright, colourful entrance with a vibrant pilaster and capital.

Vancouver Art Deco Buildings 14: The Pacific National Exhibition

Outside the PNE’s Forum.

Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition, commonly abbreviated to the PNE, is located at Hastings Park, far out in the east end of the city. During the 1920s and 30s three large, concrete Art Deco buildings were constructed on its site: the Showmart, the Food Building and the Forum, along with one smaller one the Gardens.

Another of the PNE’s buildings.

Vancouver Art Deco Buildings 15: Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary School

Entrance to Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary School.

Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary (named after Sir Alexander Mackenzie the Scottish explorer) is a public elementary school constructed 1925-1930. The pupils had to wear uniforms that were the same white and blue as the building. Another interesting feature is the separate sets of entrance doors for Boys and Girls. It’s not actually in central Vancouver but rather out on East 39th Avenue, in Southeast Vancouver.

The Girls entrance.

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