British Columbia’s southwest coast has gone through many drastic changes since Captain George Vancouver landed on its soggy shores at the end of the 18th century. No doubt one could make the argument that the the most salient progressions came in the last few decades. In any case, we’re going back more than 100 years and looking a few more into the future as we examine Lotus Land’s always evolving skyline and some of its most notable structures.

Science World ca. 1984Science World 1984Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

1985Science World 1985Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2012Science WorldPhoto: christianyves/Flickr 

Coal Harbour ca. 1930Vancouver Coal HarbourPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

2010Vancouver Coal Harbour presentPhoto: ecstaticist/Flickr

Downtown ca. 1974Looking North over Vancouver, BCPhoto: R R Horne/Flickr

2011VancouverPhoto: UBC

Granville Bridge ca. 1934Granville Bridge 1934Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

201–?Granville Bridge 2018Photo: designboom

Lions Gate Bridge ca. 1938Lions Gate Bridge ConstructionPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

2012Lions Gate BridgePhoto: ChiliGrenade

Granville Street ca. 1967Granville Street 1967Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2010Granville Street 2010Photo: caseyyee/Flickr

Vancouver ca. 1931Vancouver aerial past-1Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2009Vancouver aerial present-1Photo: ecstaticist/Flickr

Gastown ca. 1913Sun Tower Dominion BuildingPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

2013Sun Tower Dominion building (2)Photo: no1nose/Flickr

Chinatown ca. 1945Chinatown 1945Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

1978Chinatown 1978Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2012Chinatown 2012Photo: mzzoomer

False Creek ca. 1970False CreekPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

2013False Creek 2013Photo: Milo Vosch/Flickr

202–?Vancouver viaduct futureRendering: City of Vancouver

Sun Tower ca. 1911Sun Tower ConstructionPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

1927Sun Tower 1927Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2011Sun Tower 2011Photo: SunTowerBuilding.com

Hotel Vancouver ca. 1931Hotel Vancouver constructionPhoto: City of Vancouver Archives

2013
Hotel VancouverPhoto: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

Downtown and Stanley Park ca. 1930Vancouver aerial past-2Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2011Vancouver aerial present-3Photo: TIA International Photography

2016Trump tower hotel condo VancouverPhoto: Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Harbour Centre ca. 1977Vancouver Harbour Centre 1977Photo: Gregory Melle/Flickr

2013vancouver convention centrePhoto: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

Carnegie Community Centre ca. 1931photo (1)Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2013photoPhoto: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

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