Eighty years on the second floor at Seymour and Dunsmuir: the longest surviving nightclub in Vancouver. The Railway Club.
Some things are best not seen in bright light. But oh, if that carpet could talk …
That’s Councillor Andrea Reimer on the left (above), talking with Jessica Quan of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and getting ready to acknowledge the cultural importance of the club and its roster of distinguished Canadian performers (kd lang, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies) – not to mention the social tale it tells of class divisions and politics in Vancouver.
The club was established in 1931 by the railway workers who couldn’t have access to the railway engineers’ club. First order of business: prohibit access to the club by railway engineers.
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation launched “Places That Matter” to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary of incorporation in 2011. The public nominated sites where people, places and events shaped Vancouver’s future (more info and a list of sites here). With each accepted nomination, there’ll be ceremonies and plaques, to be presented over several years.
For The Railway Club:
That’s Steve Sillman in the centre (above), the owner of the club for the last four years, with Andrea and Baila Lazarus of the VHF Board . More on the story here.
UPDATE: Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation for some upcoming Places That Matter plaques:
#47 Saturday Dec 15: Bloedel Conservatory, 3pm presentation, Queen Elizabeth Park, Little Mountain. Free entry to attendees until 4pm. See the invite. All are welcome!
#48 Sunday Dec 16: Burrard View Park 4pm presentation. Meet in the dining room at 650 North Penticton St.Cottage Hospice followed by a community walk to the Trinity Street Christmas Light Festival (5-9pm), refreshments. See the invite. All are welcome!