The Forgotten East End

Creating a Future for the Strathcona Neighbourhood

Each year Heritage Vancouver draws attention to the Top Ten Endangered Heritage Sites in Vancouver . The Heatley Block in the Strathcona neighbourhood was on the list in 2008 and 2009 and Heritage Vancouver worked as part of the community in the successful preservation of this heritage resource.

The northern part of Strathcona has been identified as one of our most endangered heritage areas in 2010. Strathcona North is home to some of Vancouver´s oldest heritage buildings in Vancouver´s first neighbourhood, later known as the East End.

Heatley Block

Strathcona North of Hastings – The Forgotten East End

Heritage Vancouver invited James Johnstone, Strathcona resident, house historian, and community curator, to take us on a pictorial journey through Vancouver´s Strathcona neighbourhood and on a conversation about why Strathcona North is a significant heritage resource. Much is gone of the old neighbourhood and much is under threat of demolition and redevelopment.

The exploration focuses on the area from East Hastings Street north. Strathcona North is home to the ghosts of R.H. Alexander´s milltown, Japantown, the Alexander Street red light district, and some of Vancouver´s bloodiest labour history. James’ story telling is an opportunity to imagine what it was like then and what it could be like in the future.

Stories and observations from The Forgotten East End by James Johnstone.

More information on Strathcona North 2010 Top Ten Endangered Sites

Heatley Block Story