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1010 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC


Gallery - Exterior
Building Information
Developer Polygon Homes
Architect IBI/HB Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 185
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1010 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit 50+ road and rail options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata



The original town of Yale, British Columbia, during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, circa 1882.

Gallery makes its home in Yaletown, Vancouver. Today’s Yaletown is full of trendy young men and women: career-starters just setting out on the road to gainful employment. Today’s Yaletown is yoga, and community centers, and boutique shopping, and tiny dogs in cute little sweaters.

But that’s all fairly new.

The original town of Yale, British Columbia is still there. It’s in the Fraser Canyon, and it’s home to roughly two hundred people. It was founded in 1848, by the Hudson’s Bay Company, and during the Fraser Gold Rush, it boomed.

It also developed a reputation as “the wickedest little town in British Columbia” – booze, brothels, and packs of gold-seekers frustrated with their lots.

After the rush came the Canadian Pacific Railway. When it reached Fraser Canyon and the original “Yale town”, most of the folks who were left followed it in and took jobs working the track line. They settled together in the area of False Creek, and Vancouver’s Yaletown was born.

That said, the area was little more than an industrial park – a home for the people who worked the railway – until False Creek redeveloped the land for the 1986 World’s Fair. With Expo ’86 came a whole new Yaletown. From then on, it was the place to be – a testament to how far a place and its people can come in a very short time.[1]


Minutes from Gallery is...well...The Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery, to be exact.

To those who are thinking of moving to downtown Vancouver; to those who've never been, but have a mental image of downtown (and the whole city) as a sprawling urban center in the image of New York, or LA, or even Toronto, something must be said: Downtown Vancouver is a small place.

It feels like a big city. It offers big-city venues and opportunities – and life. But enthusiastic walkers can cross the downtown core in roughly 20 minutes. And at the corner of Richards and Nelson Streets, Gallery is almost smack in the middle of the downtown grid.

A five minute bus ride under the Granville Street Bridge will take the traveler to Granville Island for artisan crafts and some of the city’s biggest live theatre venues. A brisk walk toward the waterfront, or a single stop on the SkyTrain, brings one almost to the front door of Rogers Arena, or BC Place – the center of professional sports in Vancouver.

Not into sports? The city’s contemporary art gallery is right across the street (hence the name of the building itself). And its big sister, the Vancouver Art Gallery, is just a few blocks away.[2]


With 185 units over its 23 floors, Gallery is a modest concrete highrise built in the tradition of modern architecture. Over sized windows and private balconies feature prominently in its façade.

Completed in 2003, the building is on the inside edge of Vancouver’s quest to become “the world’s greenest city” by the year 2020. More on that in the “Sustainability” section of this article. For now, it’s important to note the significance of green-space to Gallery’s overall design and construction. In short, the building’s private garden is as important an element as any other.

Layout and Features

Yes, the “Construction” section of the article is on the briefer side of things. That’s because what really sets Gallery apart is on the inside. The building takes its name from the nearby Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver. Appropriately, there is a boldness in the design of the suites and common spaces that isn't often seen in the condominiums in this area. Rich colors, dark wood finishes, and slick low-profile furnishings are the order of the day.

Dramatic hotel-style doors lead into a lobby with 12-foot ceilings. The space is finished in glass, Italian tile, and bamboo, with a central "gathering space" for residents and their visitors.

Many of the individual suites feature a solarium and a dedicated “tech space”. Kitchens have stainless steel appliances and granite worktops.

Overall, prospective residents can expect homes that are bigger. If not in square footage, then in statement and potential.[3]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans from Gallery:


Gallery's amenities include:

  • Lounge (accented with original art)
  • Second level common area with access to landscaped courtyard
  • Reading Room (with zebra-wood fireplace)
  • Billiards Room with (with red glass and teak bar)
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa and change rooms
  • Meeting room
  • Parking
  • Storage
  • Secure video enterphone


Gallery Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Gallery welcomes pets. Check with management for specific restrictions.
  • Both rental and purchase are permitted.
  • There are no age restrictions on residency or tenancy.
  • Barbecues are permitted. Once again, check with management for specific limitations.


As noted above, Gallery's completion date in 2003 makes it part of Vancouver's recent efforts to take home the championship (green)belt: World's Greenest City by 2020.

For Gallery, this means energy efficient windows, a PMR roof for better heat management, low flow/low energy fixtures, and full rain screening for better insulation and reduced wear-and-tear on the building's physical structure.

Add to that a citywide recycling program that's capable of reducing and reusing almost anything. Also, keep in mind the 50+ public transit options that are within easy walking distance of Gallery's front door. All things considered, Gallery is an active part of a city that is actively trying to reduce its carbon footprint and make itself better for the environment.[4]


Yale BC's historic (haunted?) church.
  • As of 2006, there were 186 people in the original town of Yale, BC. Featured on a Season One episode of Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, some folks say Yale's population of lingering spirits is larger than its population of real live people.
  • During its gold rush heyday, the entire town of Yale burned down. Twice. Like many tiny pioneer towns, isolation, extreme weather, and relative poverty made both rescue and medical services more than a little difficult. Why is Yale's community of tormented spirits so large? Because when the town burned, the people went with it.
  • A small post-script: along with its spooky heritage, modern-day Yale and its position in the Fraser Canyon make it quite the spot for white water rafting.[5]


  1. Historic Yale
  2. Walk Score
  3. Gallery - A Virtual Open-House
  4. Vancouver - Green 2020
  5. Travel the Canyon

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