March 3rd, 2009
Work on the Flack Block heritage restoration at West Hastings and Cambie Street is almost complete. Joel Solomon of Renewal posted about moving their offices into the Flack Block on their blog. In addition to Renewal, other tenants of the new office space include Tides Canada, Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Penner & Associates, Forest Ethics, Raised Eyebrow, and Rainforest Solutions Project. See more pictures of their office space and some magnificent detail photos of the beautiful stonework on the archway on their Flickr gallery.
Below is an excerpt from Joel’s post:
Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life
by Joel Solomon on January 26, 2009
The Tides Renewal Centre is springing to life. The exquisite renovation of the Flack Block by Robert Fung and Salient Group stands kitty corner from Victory Square on the Cambie and Hastings adjacent to the Woodward’s redevelopment.
This intersection was once the centre of the City. Victory Square was the original site of the Courthouse – across from it rose the Flack Block in 1898, one of the largest and most elaborate buildings in the city at the time. (Yes, the Dominion Building was a late comer to the ‘hood). The location alone ensured it would become a local landmark. The Klondike gold rush spurred a building boom in the 1890’s on Hastings Street, as Vancouver was one of the main supply centres for those heading to the gold fields. For decades afterward, Hastings Street remained the central shopping district in Vancouver. Continue reading “Flack Block: Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life” »