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Vancouver's Strathcona Neighbourhood Has An Incredible History

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The Strathcona Neighborhood is Vancouver's oldest residential area. It's located a few minutes east of downtown Vancouver near Chinatown and Clark Drive. The neighborhood is well known for its multicultural heritage, its late Victorian-era architecture and for its charming small town feel. As a result, many people consult a Vancouver real estate agent for information about homes for sale in the area.

Furthermore, the Strathcona Neighborhood also has an incredible history that makes Vancouver homes for sale in the area highly desirable. To see why this is the case, here's a brief look at the Strathcona Neighborhood's interesting history.

The Strathcona Neighborhood got its start in 1865 when Stamp's mill was established.
The area now known as the Strathcona Neighborhood was organized when English sea captain Edward Stamp built a mill located near present day Dunlevy Avenue to take advantage of the area's proximity to the Burrard Inlet. Several workers began to build small dwellings near the mill to be closer to their jobs. These workers called the area the "East End" of Vancouver because their neighborhood was close to the eastern most point of the city. This name for the neighborhood would remain until the 1950s.

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The first beginnings of organization for the neighborhood are established in the mid 1860s by a saloon owner.
The Strathcona Neighborhood was first organized when a silver tongued retired sea boat captain named "Gassy Jack" Deighton persuaded local mill workers to help him build a saloon south of the mill. His way with words and his personality also persuaded the mill workers to organize a small squatter community around the saloon.

This loose organization improved after British Colombia was admitted into the Dominion of Canada.
The neighborhood began to expand and thrive once British Colombia was admitted into the Dominion of Canada. Many newcomers built beautiful Victorian style homes with lovely pitched roofs and clean sight lines. They also built the first schools and churches in the area.

The neighborhood began its modern development into a working class neighborhood after Vancouver was incorporated into a city in 1886.
The Strathcona neighborhood began its modern development into a working class neighborhood in the mid 1880s and 1890s when immigrants from mainly China and Italy moved into the neighborhood. Many of these immigrants worked in the sawmills and canneries that were located in the area. Other newcomers built some neat examples of Queen Anne style homes, which featured lovely bracket and shingle work.

The first twenty years of the 20th century see the neighborhood grow into a leading centre for Jewish immigrants.
Many Jewish immigrants moved into the neighborhood in the 1890s. Their influence grew during the first twenty years of the 20th century when many Jewish immigrants successfully opened businesses in nearby Gaston. This success encouraged other Jewish immigrants from Eastern European countries to immigrate to British Colombia. This influx of new immigrants also made Strathcona the new social and economic centre for British Columbia's Jewish population.

The period between 1930 and 1970 sees the neighborhood fight for its heritage after surviving the Great Depression and World War II.
The Great Depression and the events of World War II impacted many people living in the neighborhood. This caused Vancouver city government officials in the early 1950s to reconsider the value of many of the older buildings in Strathcona's. Many attempts were made to convert several blocks along Dunlevy, Georgia and Keefer Streets into public housing projects and parks. In 1968, neighborhood leaders are able to convince local, provincial and federal officials to provide funding for a massive rehabilitation project, which allowed the neighborhood to keep most of its eclectic mix of homes and mixed-use buildings intact.

Since then, the neighborhood has seen increased efforts to restore its older homes and buildings.
Many homes and buildings have undergone significant restoration efforts over the last 40 years. For example, several Victorian era homes located along Atlantic, East Georgia and Keefer Streets have been restored back to their splendor. These efforts were made possible after several years of talks with the City of Vancouver and grants that allowed the neighborhood to use its RT-3 Zoning Code effectively.

As you can see, Vancouver's Strathcona Neighborhood has an incredible history! For more information about Vancouver homes for sale in this neighborhood, please contact a Vancouver realtor today.


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