Thursday, 29 November 2012
Dwarfed in size by the massive BC Hydro tower, the Delmar Hotel still stands in the 500 block of Hamilton Street. Built in 1912, BC Hydro tried to acquire this Edwardian style building in the 1980's. Much in the same way that owner Fred O'Hagan of the Kingston Hotel refused to sell to telecommunications giant Telus last year, George Riste owner of the Delmar Hotel also stood his ground in the 1980's. Other properties on the block were sold but eventually B.C.Hydro gave up hopes of acquiring the property and designed their building around the site.
In 1990, typographic artwork written with artist Kathryn Walter was installed on the front facade: UNLIMITED GROWTH INCREASES THE DIVIDE.
George Riste died in 2010. He was 89 years old. The Delmar Hotel still stands.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
This mid 1920's painted advertising sign was uncovered last year after the building was sold. Listed for just under $800,000 in February, 2011, new owners uncovered the sign when old stucco was removed. Shelly's Bakery was around for a short time in the 1920's before being bought out by Canadian Bakeries Ltd in 1929.
The building now houses pizzeria Via Tevere.
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Friday, 2 November 2012
Driving through Jasper National Park earlier in the week, couldn't help but be mesmerized by the number of bighorn sheep along the highway. The attraction for these animals appeared to be the salt used to melt ice on the roads.