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Vancouver Now & Then: Mount Pleasant's Ashnola Apartments

Time travel to see what this familiar building looked like in the 1940s.
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The Ashnola Apartments on Main Street in Vancouver

This beautiful old-timer has outlasted all of its original neighbours and now stands alone at the entrance to Mount Pleasant. It was originally built in 1912 by Dr. Israel Powell, whose accomplishments include organizing and naming the streets in the area after provinces.

Fortunately, it’s designated as a Heritage ‘B’ structure so it should stick around for a while. 

Its current retail tenant sells donuts, giving you yet another reason to check it out. 

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The Ashnola Apartments in Vancouver now and then. Historic image via Vancouver Archives, modern image by John Bentley/Vancouver Now & Then

John Bentley is an architectural photographer who has photographed the inside and outside of thousands of buildings around Vancouver. Using images from the Vancouver Archives he offers a glimpse of the past and present on his site Vancouver Now & Then

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