The Ugliest Building in Downtown


. . . well, one of them anyway . . . is now facing the inevitable: the long vacant small office building on the southeast corner of Seymour and Nelson has finally been purchased by a property development company, and in the course of only two short weeks has been razed to the ground, making the way for what will presumably be another high rise condo tower.

If it hadn’t been so ugly, I’d almost feel bad for it.

Of course, for those who know the building and the corner on which it resides, it raises the question: what’s going to happen to the prostitutes who frequent the corner? Will the new building manager tolerate them? Welcome them as a Vancouver tradition? Run them off entirely?

Unbeknownst to most, the corner has been a traditional one for late night sex trade activities ever since the police ran them out of the Penthouse Club in 1976, so it’s unlikely that after 30 years, they’re going to disappear overnight.

For the some reason that some New Westminsterites are not only amenable, but even enthusiastic, to move into condos built on the Woodlands Home for Children (i.e. children’s insane asylum) and BC Penitentiary, perhaps it’ll be a mark of Vancouver street cred to be able to claim living in the prostitute condo. Who knows.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ron (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    FYI – the GBL Architects website has a rendering of the project to be constructed:

  2. maikopunk (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    if you’re nice, we can go for sushi at the old hooker restaurant on the corner of Richards and Helmcken.
    Seymour and Nelson, Seymour and Nelson… I used to park there when we went to Luvafair – the boys on the corner would watch the car.

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