Vancouver Hidden Gem: The Permanent

Walking down the 300 block of West Pender in Vancouver, you may stop to admire an old building, with its pedimented raised entryway leading to heavy wooden doors, it’s an solid example of early Vancouver architecture. As impressive as the facade may be, it’s a modest cloak for a truly stunning interior. The Permanent still boasts most of its original elements, including heavy, ornate plaster moulding throughout and many stained glass windows, one for each of the provinces at the time. But the space is dominated by a 30+ foot stained glass skylight that one may expect to find in Paris or London, as opposed to Vancouver.

Built in 1907, The Permanent was originally the first Bank of Canada in Vancouver, and is set to become a multi-use Venue, opening this fall.

Jason Statler – Photography

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