100 Powell St, Vancouver BC
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Under construction in 1886, this imposing three-storey brick building survived the Great Fire, and is Vancouver’s oldest brick building. Noble Stonestreet Hoffar was the architect for this Victorian Commercial building, built for the Oppenheimer Brothers.
The building served as the Brothers growing wholesale grocery business, the Oppenheimer Klondike Supplies and Dry Goods, during the gold rush. David Oppenheimer, ‘Father of Vancouver’, was City Mayor between 1888-91, and the building served as a temporary City Hall during that time.
In 1902 the warehouse was sold to UK glass manufacturers Pilkington Brothers. The building is a key component of the significant Pilkington Glass group of buildings, which includes the adjacent warehouses at 102 and 120 Powell Street.
By 1991, the building was abandoned and abused. It was bought by rock musician Bryan Adams, and restored by Don Stuart Architects.
Now known as the Warehouse Studio, it serves as a state-of-the-art recording studio for the musician.
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