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Vancouver Now & Then: The Astoria Hotel in 1923 and 2021

The building dates back to 1913, a time of great growth in Vancouver
Astoria Hotel
The Astoria Hotel at 769 E Hastings St in Vancouver in 1923 and 2021

The Toronto House Apartments at 769 E Hastings St were built in 1913 during Vancouver's growth spurt of the early 1900s.

In 1950 it became the Astoria Hotel, and is currently an SRO rental, with the 1950-era neon signs restored.

Astoria Hotel
The Astoria Hotel at 769 E Hastings St in Vancouver in 1923 and 2021. Photos: John Bentley/Vancouver Now & Then and Stuart Thompson/VPL collection

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