Sterling (1050 Smithe Street)

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1050 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC

Sterling (1050 Smithe Street)

Sterling in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Bonnis Development Corp
Architect Studio One Architecture Inc
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 129
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Torch-on
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1050 Smith Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium



Orpheum Theatre

Sterling was built in a theatrically based neighbourhood called the Granville Entertainment District, where just a few blocks away, are the historic Orpheum Theater (home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Vogue Theater, Commodore Ballroom, and many more.

The Orpheum was built in 1927 for the cost of $1 million. At the center of the theater, hangs a Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier that another hotel once offered $65,000 for. Thankfully, it remains in place.

At the time of its opening, admission for the 1,800 seats was 25 cents, children were 15 cents. Seats could be reserved for 40 cents. Prices doubled for the evening performances. For some women working at this time, an evening performance might cost a day's wages.

The Orpheum today tells many stories. Whether it be the office with the damaged sink, cause by Frank Sinatra working on his golf swing, or the animal room, where elephants, dogs, seals, snakes and birds were trained and awaited their fame on the stage beyond. [1]

The Granville Entertainment District is known for its assortment of bars and dance clubs. This idea began when Vancouver's City Council of the 1990s, opted to keep most of downtown Vancouver's drinking establishments in one place. [2]


Smithe Street

Sterling is located in Downtown Vancouver where views of the breathtaking North Shore mountains and the ocean water of the Burrard Inlet brings a refreshing scent into the air.

Within walking distance from Sterling is Le Crocodile Restaurant, the Winking Judge Pub, Starbucks Coffee, Cafe Crepe, IGA Marketplace, Robson Square, Dunsmuir Street Cycle Track, and Yaletown Park.

The transit in the area is excellent. There are over 40 bus routes within walking distance and three rail lines. The bike lanes in the area are great and the topography is mostly flat. [3]


Exterior of Sterling

It was challenging for the architect to lay out the unique floor plan of Sterling. The site is small and a very irregular shape which resulted in a unique building. Additionally, there are very strict and restraining zoning regulations on the land, which resulted in some interesting setbacks and shapes. [4]

The building is a concrete structure that is supported by a concrete perimeter foundation. The use of concrete is popular in British Columbia because of his high resistance to earthquakes due to the compression strength of concrete and tension strength in the reinforcing re-bar.

The face of the building has an interesting shape. There is one curved portion that is slightly protruding from a portion that is parallel with the street. Keeping to a curving theme, the balconies are curved as well.

The concrete clad areas have decorative patterning. Slight differences in the depth of concrete are control joints. The control joints are used to restrain cracks in the concrete to just the gap. That way, the building remains aesthetically pleasing.

Layout and Features

The suites feature nine foot ceilings, spacious floor plans, a gas fireplace, contemporary baseboards, mirrored doors in the closets, private balconies, braid loop carpets, and hardwood laminate flooring, and in-suite laundry.

Kitchens contain maple cabinetry, recessed halogen pit lighting, under cabinet puck lighting, granite counter tops, a stainless steel double sink, a tile back splash, and stainless steel appliances including a gas cook top, self-cleaning oven, dishwasher and hood fan.

The bathrooms also have maple cabinetry, marble counter tops, and inset vanity basin, a full width mirror, chrome fixtures, a soaker tub, and mosaic tile flooring.

In the way of security, there is a weekday concierge, smoke and heat detectors, a fire suppression system, intrusion alarm systems, controlled access and camera security. [5]

Maintenance fees cover care taking, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, management, and recreation facilities. [6]

Floor Plans

An interior tour of a suite and its views can be seen by clicking on the reference tag at the bottom of the page. [7]


Amenities at Sterling include:

  • Fully equipped exercise center
  • Mosaic tiled steam room
  • Whirlpool
  • Bike room
  • Kitchen
  • Mail room
  • Recreation Room
  • Lounge
  • In suite laundry [8]


Sterling (1050 Smithe Street) Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • Dogs and cats are allowed, with a maximum of two pets in total
  • Rentals are allowed


Halogen light bulbs are used in the fixtures in Sterling. These light bulbs are 67% to 80% more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb, resulting in energy savings, and a smaller hydro bill.

Halogen lights are more efficient than incandescent but not as efficient as fluorescent. 90% of the energy put into an incandescent bulb is transformed into heat. Therefore, by switching out incandescent light bulbs there is is a decrease in the energy used for air conditioning. [9]


First Gas Station in Canada
  • The first gas station in Canada opened on the corner of Cambie and Smithe streets. Before then, buckets full of gas were carried to cars and poured in using a funnel. The gas station was a small open sided shed constructed of corrugated iron.

On top of a pillar a 13-gallon kitchen water tank was fitted with a glass steam gauge and marked off with white dots for one gallon increments. The filling hose was a ten foot long garden hose drained with thumb and finger. [10]


  1. The History of Metropolitan Vancouver
  2. Wikipedia
  3. [ Walk Score}
  4. Studio One Architecture
  5. Les Twarg
  6. BC Condos
  7. Floor Plan Tour
  8. BC Condos
  9. Home Guides
  10. Vancouver History

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