Carrall Station

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1 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC

Carrall Station
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Carrall Station - Exterior
Building Information
Developer Cordova Investments Ltd.
Architect Kasian Kennedy Design Partnership
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 81
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 1997
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning HA-2
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

In comparison to many of the condos in downtown Vancouver, Carrall Station’s 1997 completion actually makes it one of the city’s older developments. If it looks even older, that’s because its brick façade was meant to match the real heritage buildings in the neighborhood of Gastown.

In 1867, a particularly talkative entrepreneur who went by the name "Gassy" Jack Deighton came from Yorkshire to open a saloon. When Gassy Jack arrived, Vancouver was little more than a glorified logging camp. But, as was often the way with saloons in pioneer towns, a community began to grow around Jack’s little watering hole, and thus, Gastown was born.

"Gassy Jack" Deighton, still standing in the middle of the action.

Today, Gastown is Vancouver’s only real heritage district, and the low brick buildings still echo an earlier time. Though many of them have been refitted to house boutique shops, restaurants, and pubs, bits and pieces of Gastown’s history – original masonry, brass fittings, lampposts, wrought iron railings and such – are still visible in places. Touchstones of the past in a city that’s moving toward the future at full speed.

In spite of all that’s changed, Gastown is still one of the best areas in the city to meet a few friends for a drink.[1]

Location

Gastown, and its famous steam-powered clock.

At the corner of East Cordova and Carrall Street, from which the building takes its name, Carrall Station lives in the trendy heart of Gastown. The earliest of Vancouver’s commercial centers, Gastown is still home to some of the city’s funkiest shops, finest foods, and most storied – as in talked-about, rather than tallest – buildings.

Gastown may be a historical district, but don’t confuse “historical” with disconnected or out-of the-way. As the “Station” part of the building’s name suggests, this condo is one well connected spot.

Gastowners are minutes away from the hub of Vancouver’s rapid transit system at Waterfront SkyTrain Station. All three of the city’s SkyTrain lines – Millennium, Expo, and Canada – begin there. Including bus service and the West Coast Express Seabus, there are more than 50 public transit options nearby.[2]

Construction

Carrall Station was built along the traditions of modern architecture. The building itself is concrete, though the brick exterior finish, and the tar and gravel roof allow it to match Gastown’s much older structures. But it wasn't designed to look as though it’s been there all along. Instead, Carrall Station is meant to belong in the neighborhood as a kind of meeting point for the old and the new.

Its height is deceiving. Carrall is only five stories high, but a number of those stories house double-height units with upstairs loft spaces and ceilings as high as 18 feet. In terms of natural light, there are plenty of windows, but in trying to remain representative of Gastown’s existing style, those windows are tall, skinny, and heavily segmented.

In that same vein, there are very few private balconies and no rooftop spaces. There is, however, a private courtyard, along with a common patio. Whether the relative sacrifice of green space and outside-inside exposure is worth the expanse of the individual units – and the privilege of a Gastown address – is up to the individual resident.


Layout and Features

Carrall Station's main entrance. Come on in.

Suites at Carrall Station are available in studio, and one bedroom layouts. Some units have particularly high ceilings with loft spaces, while others are standard height. Several suites feature small "Juliette balconies" as well.

Main living spaces are floored with concrete. Kitchen floors are laminate, and loft spaces are wooden. Some more recently renovated apartments have stainless steel appliances and granite worktops.

Carrall Station has a total of 81 residential suites and the added convenience of one commercial unit on the ground floor.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Carrall Station has no free floor plans available for viewing. However, in the reference section at the end of this article, readers can find a link to a short video showcasing some of the more interesting elements of a typical Carrall Station suite.[3]

Amenities

Carrall Station's stone-floored, arch-ceilinged entrance lobby.

The amenities at Carrall Station include:

  • Exercise room
  • Private garden
  • In-suite laundry
  • Bike storage

Bylaws

Carrall Station Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Carrall Station is pet-friendly.
  • Units may be either rented, or purchased.
  • There are no age restrictions on residency.

Sustainability

Carrall Station is a loft style building, completed in 1997 under the unique design challenges that come with bringing a modern structure to a heritage neighborhood. Understandably, it isn't the greenest of places.

However, several newly renovated suites now feature low-energy and low-flow appliances. As the building continues to change with the carbon-footprint-conscious times, residents are encouraged to use environmentally friendly building materials in any further remodeling.

Outside their individual apartments, residents may also choose public transit over private. Keep in mind that Carrall Station takes its name from the fact of its incredible connection to the city's transit network.

Put these small but steady efforts at improvement alongside the fact that Vancouver is making a serious run at the title of "World's Greenest City by 2020," and prospective residents can count Carrall Station among the buildings that do what they can to keep the city a little greener.[4]

Trivia

The Boulder Hotel building: 1902 and today.

Carral Station is at number one East Cordova Street. At number one West Cordova, The Boulder Hotel building went up in 1890. It's still there, and it marks the exact center of the original Granville township that grew to become Vancouver.

The building was designed for A.G. Ferguson, who began as an American tunnel builder and went on to become one of the Granville township's first real-estate moguls. Its unconventional stone masonry made the Boulder something of Ferguson's monument to his own success. As did his tendency to title everything he commissioned "The Ferguson Block".

Interestingly, before Ferguson commissioned the Boulder Building, the land had been home to one of the first and most successful loggers in the area, Frank Hart.[5]


References

  1. Gastown Online
  2. Walk Score
  3. Youtube - Inside Carrall Station
  4. Vancouver 2020: A Green Future
  5. Wordpress - Changing Vancouver


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