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Huffington Post - Why We Need to Preserve Vancouver’s Industrial Buildings

Posted on June 24, 2014


There's a growing interest in preserving heritage in Vancouver, but it's not just the city's residential homes that contain fascinating and noteworthy histories. Vancouver's industrial buildings have some interesting stories behind them.

You wouldn't know just from looking at it, but there's one building in the city's new office hub in Mount Pleasant that is now in its fourth incarnation reflecting the changing nature of work in the city.

From the '30s to the '60s, the unassuming, two-storey building at 149 West 4th housed Reliance Foundry and reflected the heavy industrial character of False Creek. From the '70s to the '90s, it was home to Auto Marine Electric, a more light industrial use. From the '90s until today, it was the headquarters for Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). And soon, it's likely to house a high-tech firm.

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