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. 1984 Science World 1984 Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

1985 Science World 1985 Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2012 Science World Photo: christianyves/Flickr 

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

2010 Vancouver Coal Harbour present Photo: ecstaticist/Flickr

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

2011 Vancouver Photo: UBC

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

201–? Granville Bridge 2018 Photo: designboom

Lions Gate Bridge ca. 1938 Lions Gate Bridge Construction Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2012 Lions Gate Bridge Photo: ChiliGrenade

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

2010 Granville Street 2010 Photo: caseyyee/Flickr

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

2009 Vancouver aerial present-1 Photo: ecstaticist/Flickr

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

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

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

1978 Chinatown 1978 Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2012 Chinatown 2012 Photo: mzzoomer

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

2013 False Creek 2013 Photo: Milo Vosch/Flickr

202–? Vancouver viaduct future Rendering: City of Vancouver

Sun Tower ca. 1911 Sun Tower Construction Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

1927 Sun Tower 1927 Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2011 Sun Tower 2011 Photo: SunTowerBuilding.com

Hotel Vancouver ca. 1931 Hotel Vancouver construction Photo: City of Vancouver Archives

2013
Hotel Vancouver Photo: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

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

2011 Vancouver aerial present-3 Photo: TIA International Photography

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

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

2013 vancouver convention centre Photo: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

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

2013 photo Photo: BuzzBuzzHome/Instagram

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