10 Old Photos of Kerrisdale

The Spectacle Shoppe loves having its optical store in Kerrisdale. The diverse Vancouver neighborhood is steeped in history. Things have changed over the years, as you’ll see in our slideshow of 10 old photos of Kerrisdale, but it still retains its charm. Grab your reading glasses and let’s go on a tour of vintage Vancouver.

View of the 2000 Block of West 41st Avenue

Old Photos of Kerrisdale
The 200 block of West 41st Ave was hopping in the 1960s. Vanity Lingerie and Hosiery, which has since been turned into a Starbucks, Purdy’s Chocolates, Felix Market and Marshall’s TV and Appliance were among the prominent retailers at the time. 

The same spot in 2015:

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

 

Bank of Montreal, Kerrisdale Branch at 2102 West 41st Avenue 

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

This photo of the Bank of Montreal is dated sometime between 1960 and 1980. We’re leaning toward the ‘60s based on the clothing. You can see the Kerrisdale Arena as well. The bank still stands in the same spot today.

The same spot in 2015:

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

 

West 41st Avenue Looking East Towards West Boulevard

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

So the times have changed a little. But even when this photo was taken in the 1920s, 41st Avenue was lined with businesses.

The same spot in 2015:

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

 

Magee Secondary School

Old Photos of Kerrisdale - Magee Secondary School

Here is Magee Secondary School in 1921 before the east wing was added. The school held its centennial celebration in 2014 though the building itself was replaced with a contemporary one and reopened in 2000.

Here's the new school: 

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

 

Old Kerrisdale School

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

The Kerrisdale Elementary School building was pretty imposing back in 1925. It’s undergone additions and renovations but it still retains a lot of the original architectural elements.

 

Kerrisdale Theatre Building at 2136 West 41st Avenue

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

This photo from May 1927 shows the old Kerrisdale Theatre. What film were residents watching at the time? Wings of the Storm, which was billed as a “touching human story of a girl, a man & a dog.” It featured canine actor, Thunder, known as “the dog sensation of the screen.”

The same spot in 2015:

Old photos of Kerrisdale

 

 Wooden Road and Sidewalk in Kerrisdale

Old Photo of Kerrisdale

Photographer John Davidson preserved this moment sometime between 1913 and 1915. At the time, many level streets in Vancouver were wooden plank roads and not paved.

 

Apartment Buildings in Kerrisdale

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

This was probably the “it” place to rent in 1965 when this picture was snapped.

 

Old Kerrisdale Baptist Churtch at 5870 East Boulevard

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

This building was the Kerrisdale Baptist Church when the photo was taken in 1922. Everyone appears to be wearing their Sunday best. Check out those sweet antique cars!

 

Royal Hudson Train in Kerrisdale 

Old Photos of Kerrisdale

From April 14, 1977, this photo shows the old Royal Hudson Train. It looks like the kids are having fun climbing all over it.
Morgan Nahanee
Morgan Nahanee

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Morgan is The Spectacle Shoppe’s Lead Technician and Customer Relations Specialist as well as a Principle of Spectacle Shoppe. She is a licensed contact lens fitter and dispensing optician and has been working for The Spectacle Shoppe since 2006. She graduated from Douglas College’s two year Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Fitting Program in 2008. From contact lens fitting to eyeglass repairs and adjustments Morgan is eager to help you with any optical needs. Connect with Morgan Nahanee on Google+