The other day, I lamented how Calgary tore down too many of its best buildings. Unfair to pick out Calgary, I realized in retrospect (and also unwise, since once day the Wild Rose will rule over all of us, and I for one am happy to bow before our new Albertan Overlords). Vancouver was even worse. Eve Lazarus documents a veritable architectural Armageddon here in Vancouver; it’s impossible to look through the list Lazarus runs through and not feel disgust at so much loss.
The original Vancouver Art Gallery building (pictured above), at 1145 West Georgia, was built in 1931. It was expanded post-WWII to three times its original size. All of it was demolished in 1985, two years after the VAG moved into its current home. The Trump Tower now stands where the original VAG used to be. I think the Fortis BC building is also planted on old VAG ground.