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Time Traveller: Here's North Vancouver's Lonsdale Avenue in 1908

You can see land cleared for more City of North Vancouver urban growth behind the real estate office of broker and alderman George McBain

This image, taken in 1908, shows the office building of G.A. McBain & Co. Real Estate Brokers and Notaries Public which stood at 518 Lonsdale Ave.

The building, now long demolished, was built in a version of the Colonial Revival style. George McBain can be seen standing with his wife and daughter at a side entrance, and recent land clearing for the early city is visible in the background.

McBain served as a City of North Vancouver alderman from 1917-18, and is most remembered for donating the lot of land used for St. Andrew’s United Church in 1912. 

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open for drop-ins on Monday and by appointment Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-4 p.m. Contact: [email protected]

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