Originally Posted by Overground
Personally I wish they would have kept the square like this. As you can see from shadows there used to be buildings on the south side of Robson that would have created a traditional, enclosed square. Something this city lacks. With landscaping and or paving the square, I think it would have been better than what we currently have.
old robson square.
(all images from vpl archives)
view of the square from east side of howe street, at grade:
from south of robson, overhead view:
so, opposite the square on the northeast corner of howe and robson, you had the york hotel, with retail at the street level:
then, on the southeast corner of howe and robson, you had the court house block (offices):
across the street, effectively closing the square was the sprott-shaw building on the southwest corner, and the clement block from midblock, which also had some retail at street level:
the best photo i can find of the sprott-shaw building, later ckmo radio building (on the left)
clement building (dance school upstairs)
view of the southeast corner of hornby and robson (sprott-shaw at the end), with partial view of the entire block: