SkyTrain Explorer Chapter 14: 22nd Street Station

22nd Street Explorer

22nd Street SkyTrain

A couple of Sundays ago, I trekked out late in the afternoon to Columbia Station, entirely forgetting that my intended destination was 22nd Street Station in sunny New Westminster, British Columbia. The reason for the trip to Vancouver's suburb to the south: to explore the neighbourhood as I did for New Westminster Station portion of my SkyTrain Explorer heritage walks around the Greater Vancouver area. Limited at this time to Vancouver proper, Burnaby and New West, the book by John Atkin details the history of buildings and surroundings of SkyTrain stations in the Lower Mainland.

(SkyTrain is an elevated rapid transit system encircling the region. The book does not include walks around the stations located in Surrey, a shame since Surrey's history and current development is very interesting too!)

First up, Grimston Park. Mislabled in Google Maps "Grimstone Park", the sign on the park assures us otherwise. Sitting on the benches facing south gives you a good view of Surrey and the passing SkyTrains. Onwards from there we pass by storied houses, and Atkin leads us to the neighbourhood school and a church converted from a house. A fairly interesting, if overwhelmingly residential, neighbourhood. Of 22nd Street Station itself, the builders retained a small part of the Highland Park rail line beside it.

I've done 9 walks now—10 if you include the Metrotown Station walk, which consists of walking through the mall—and have 5 to go. The remaining walks happen in Vancouver, and I'd like to do a group walk at some point around Broadway Station, a station that serves as a hub for the system as it shares space with Commercial Drive Station. The 22nd Street Station walk (Flickr set with a semi-accurate map) wraps it up for the New Westminster portion of the SkyTrain Explorer tours. John Atkin does not, in this edition, have a tour for Columbia Station nor for any of the Surrey stations. I hope that in a subsequent edition he'll also include stations on the newer Millennium Line and possibly, for a third edition, walks around Canada Line stations.

For those who want John Atkin himself to lead the tour, it's not too late to sign up with the CIty of Burnaby. At this writing, he will guide you through the Royal Oak and Edmonds portions of the book, which I've already covered in my series.

22nd Street SkyTrain

The original Highland Park line track.

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1823 7th Avenue

John Atkin describes this in SkyTrain Explorer as "a house [...] which drew on the ideas of a style known variously as Tudor Revival, English, Cottage, Cotswold, and on and on. We've called it English Revival. The style was found in Shaughnessy and other well-to-do-neighbourhoods in North America where large, instant, 'olde-world' homes appealed to those who wanted a sense of permanence and links to the past. These styles, simplified for smaller suburban lots, were popularized in numerous plan books published in the 1920s and 30s such as British Columbia Homes, a collection of designs by local architects, and Suggestions for Your Home by Arthur Preusch, an architect in St. Paul, Minnesota who's plan book was published in Winnipeg as well as St. Louis." p.104

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Submitted by mandenas on Thu 2009-07-09 09:05 #

Thanks for the picture! It was perfect for my blog post about how to create welcoming neighborhoods. You can see my post here: n-are-you-covered-in-warts/

Thanks again,

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Between 1809 and 1805 7th Avenue

John Atkin describes a house at 1807 7th Avenue, but it appears to not exist?

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Lord Tweedsmuir School

In SkyTrain Explorer, John Atkin encourages us to check out its Art Deco facade.

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John Atkin describes this house as "a wonderful late 40s design dominated by the big brick and granite chimney, and porthole window at the entrance."

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720 19th St.

John Atkin describes this house as "a wonderful late 40s design dominated by the big brick and granite chimney, and porthole window at the entrance."

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Streamline House on Bowler

Says John Atkin: "With flat roofs and no decoration, besides some painted steel railings, the homes [of this style] were too much of a shift for the home buyer accustomed to a more traditional form." p. 109

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