Thursday, 2 February 2012
Haunts Of Vancouver: The Dominion Building
Urban legend has it that the architect of the Dominion Building, John Helyer, died at the opening party of this heritage building. Built in 1909, this 14-storey building was the first steel framed high rise to be built in Vancouver. It was also the tallest. It is located at the corner of Cambie and Hastings, bordering on Downtown Eastside, Gastown and Chinatown.
Ever since that opening night party over 100 years ago, rumor has it that John Helyer's ghost can be seen on the staircase between the seventh and eighth floors. Even creepier is that many have reported hearing his footsteps in the stairway. It has never been clear how he came to tumble down the stairs. Did he fall, did he jump or was he pushed. Only the ghosts of the Dominion Building really know.