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Lovell Block

Photo Credit: Bob Hare

Address

117 Water St, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Gastown

Type

Commercial

Protection

D

Significance

B

Description

The Lovell Block is one of the oldest buildings in Gastown. This two storey, late Victorian brick-clad commercial structure was built in 1888-89 for pioneer Vancouver businessman John Badcock Lovell (1831-1915).

The Lovell Block is one of the earliest examples in the city of fireproof brick construction. Its sheet metal cornice brackets are identical to those of the Jones Block at 407 West Cordova Street/348 Water Street, built at the same time, indicating the limited availability of prefabricated building elements at this early stage in the city’s history.

The address 117 Water reflects the Lovell Block and 117-131 the F.R. Stewart & Co. at 131 Water, part of Gaslight Square.

Source

Canada's Historic Places