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Vancouver Now & Then: Maxine Beauty School, 1936 and 2020

All that remains is the facade...and maybe a few ghosts.
Maxine Beauty School
Maxine Beauty School was a Mission Revival style building from the 1930s on Bidwell in the West End. Only its facade remains.

If you have ever driven down Davie Street toward Denman you would have noticed this West End landmark on Bidwell. 

Its unique Mission Revival-style architecture is matched by the legends that have survived with it, including bootlegging, brothels, and secret tunnels to the Rogers family mansion a few blocks up the street.

All that remains is the front façade of the original building. The rest has been gobbled up by a 21-storey condo development - its four floors of underground parking failed to unearth any tunnels...but did awaken a few ghosts.

Maxine Beauty School
Maxine Beauty School was a Mission Revival style building from the 1930s on Bidwell in the West End. Only its facade remains. 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