Gastown was named after Captain "Gassy Jack" Deighton who had a saloon built in 1867 near the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Soon, businesses followed and in time the community grew into the city of Vancouver.
Today, many buildings remain from the 1886 to 1914 period when Victorian and Edwardian commercial architecture was prominent. During the past decade, the city of Vancouver, the Gastown business improvement association and commercial building owners have shared a commitment to preserve, revitalize and promote Gastown. The area, with some 24,000 residents, is home to 30 per cent of all the social housing in the city. City planners are expecting to see the amount of market housing to double to 4000 units between 2005 and 2015.
The city has been offering financial and administrative incentives to building owners and retailers to conserve their heritage buildings as part of the City's Gastown Heritage Management Plan. All of these efforts have paid off. The area is undergoing resurgence. Buildings are being brought back to life, and new businesses and new residential units are being developed.
While the development of renovated existing structures and modestly scaled social housing has provided the most durable renewal of downtown Vancouver's historic centre, new private sector housing infill projects have also played a role. This particular instance provides considerably higher density r
55 ALEXANDER was designed to reflect Gastown's considerable character and charm, yet appeal to sophisticated urban tastes. The exterior features a handsome brick facade with elegant arched windows and neoclassical metal detailing. With thiteen different floor plans and features like unobstructed Bur
Abbott Place is located across the street from the new Woodward's Development. Enjoy the original character of this classic 1900's heritage conversion through exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and large bright windows.
Located on the Best Block in Gastown, the Alexis & Alexander is a Boutique Heritage Warehouse Conversion. This Building offers a Huge Common Rooftop Deck with Mountain & Water Views as well as shared BBQ. Accept No Imitiation... This is the Real Urban Living Experience!
Heritage plus. This historic building, the second oldest brick structure in Vancouver (1889), is one of the city's most unique live/work developments overlooking Maple Tree Square and offering some view of mountains and harbour. Original character is evident with original wide plank floors.
In recent Years this block has seen a number of buildings converted to residential uses. The first of these at 41 Alexander was completed in 1991 and is known as the "captain French" after the first owner of the building. Other renovations at 25, 27, and 73 Alexander followed soon after.
East offers 22 exclusive chinatown flats. A unique opportunity for modern living in a vibrant Downtown district. Destinctive architecture by Walter Francl architect Inc. is forward thinking yet respectful of the urban and historical contxt of the community. EAST is designed to optimize cre
Indulge your creative side in this wonderful Live/Work Building featuring a communal rooftop garden, large industrial-size elevator, and acoustically correct sound studio, wood, metal, paint & ceramics shops, drying kiln and a dark room and music room - all on the 'edge' of revitalized
Garage is an exclusive collection of 34 homes featuring simple, clean & modern finishings located in the heart of Vancouver's Gastown and completed in 2009. The building is an enthusiastic resuscitation of The Mews & The Garage & Cordage buildings, converting the spaces for res
Koret lofts is a collection of New York style upscale, live/work lofts. Units feature open plan, sandblasted wooden posts and brick walls, 10'2 - 16'7 ceiling, stainless steel appliances, concierge, underground parking & polished concrete floors. Stunning interior were designed by
Mission House is central to many happening spots in the hip, north fringe that borders Gastown to the new design enclave at Railtown. The hundred year old building has a "funky" Ney York loft like feel. In 1982 it was converted to a 17-Unit Condominium.
The Salient Group produces quality loft conversions and The Paris Block is no exception. The "PARIS BLOCK" is situated next to the Abbott Street corridor, Woodward's and all that Gastown has to offer. The sophisticated and secure lobby entrance off Hastings Street features dark slate tile and e
Fabulous Gastown, Historic Loft-style with European street scape, quaint restaurants and coffee shops development! Enjoy listening to the Jazz Festival from your balcony!
Smart brings new dimensions to Gastown Smart brings Busby Perkins + Will's signature style of originality, lightness, technical refinement and dedication to sustainable design tempered by the existing context and character of Gastown. Smart is organized into two distinct vertical volumes that flan
The Taylor Building, loft conversion in historic Gastown, circa 1911 architecture. Large heritage windows & yellow brick construction with turn-of-the-century cornices & details. Ideally situated where the cobbled streets of Gastown meet downtown, steps from Waterfront Stations transit hub &
TERMINUS - historic elements integrated into modern style offering open living space right in the heart of revitalized Gastown. Kitchen fully panelled, sleek & equipped with Bosch appliances. Lighting design is an integral part of the concept not an afterthought. Built-in custom storage, Strand
The Van Horne features a collection of lofts with soaring 16 ft ceilings and large windows that allow for ample light and functional layout. Located in the heart of newly revitalized Gastown, alongside the Carrall Street Greenway and the start of Vancouver's sea wall, the building off
Located in the 100 block of West Hastings in Vancouver, the redevelopment involves a mix of 536 market and up to 200 non-market housing units, anchor food and drugstore, retail, urban green space, public plaza, federal and civic offices, a daycare, and a new addition to the SFU downtown campus: the