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Vancouver, BC

Featured Building: Picasso

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The Mount Pleasant area is one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods and considered by many to be Vancouver's first suburb. Between 1888 to 1912, the area first began to develop. During these years, the main businesses were breweries, which were built there because of a stream running through the area. Due to the presence of the breweries, the stream became known as Brewery Creek. The only brewery building remaining from this era is the 1903 Vancouver Brewery building, which is now converted to condominiums.

The classic-looking Picasso exterior

When the street car arrived in 1890, the area really began to expand. The intersection at Main and Kingsway quickly became a hub for both commercial and industrial enterprises. As the area grew, it first was called False Creek, then The Hill, and finally Mount Pleasant. In conjunction with the commercial and industrial growth was a substantial residential growth. This was partly because it was easy to commute to the Brewery Creek industrial and commercial area as well as Vancouver City Centre. This growth continued into the 20th century.[1]

The Picasso was constructed in 1969, as a result of the continued demand for housing in the Mount Pleasant area. It was built as a wood-framed, four story apartment building with 97 units. It has proved to be a popular and well maintained building. In 2004, the roof, boiler, and pipes were replaced and the hallways and lobby were updated. The building is managed by Condex Property Management.

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