These Vancouver Apartments Are Filled With Character And That’s Just The Lobby

Many West End apartment buildings were built during 1950 to 1970 in Vancouver. These buildings had a similar design and Emily Carr photographer Chris Gergley put together a series of images focusing on the uniqueness of each apartment lobby. Photographed from outside looking through the glass entrances, a personality of each building emerges from the décor and colours.

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In 1950, these apartments were rented for less than your mobile phone bill and gym membership.

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Most of these apartment buildings don’t have elevators and didn’t include an in-suite laundry.

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An apartment back in the day cost 2-3 times the average annual income to buy. It’s at least 10x that now.

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Maintenance fees were less than 2 large pizzas today.

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Door to door peddlers were common and disliked in those days similar to spam emails today.

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There’s a strong American and Californian influence in some of the building names.

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If your building had a buzzer, it was considered modern.

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Discover all of Chris Gergley’s photos here.

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