Scratchings of an Old Dog

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Richards Street

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This old house was right in the centre of downtown Vancouver in amongst night clubs and retail. I did this sketch early one Sunday morning and was fortunate enough to meet the owner. He was a retired truck driver and loved his crafty little workshop

For many years you could tell when winter was coming as all the bird houses and decorative bits and pieces would disappear. When they reappeared all freshly painted it was at least as good an indicator of spring as the first robin.


Written by don

March 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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  1. I am really enjoying your sketches of old buildings. They bring back fond memories. I used to spend countless hours walking around Vancouver discovering these wonderfully odd places. It looks like Molly’s Coffee Shop is headed for the wreckers ball shortly. Soon they will all be gone. Just last Sunday I was driving downtown and I thought of the house with the birdhouses and wondered if it was still standing. Unfortunately I got caught in the maze that is now downtown and never found it. Do you remember the Orilla Bldg. on the north side of Robson near Granville – it was probably torn down over thirty years ago? I’m looking forward to revisiting many more Vancouver treasures through your delightful sketches. Thank you.


    March 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm

  2. I loved this house – so glad you got to actually meet the person who lived there – whimsical hearted soul that he was.


    March 13, 2008 at 7:01 am

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