The Places They Called Home

Jack Ford, Ann Frost, Gary Pennington, Jackie Hooper, Bob Adamson

Hotel Vancouver #3, #2 with Washington Court and Homes on Thurlow at Nelson, 1931. VPL 4259
The Story

From 28-person rooming houses to window boxes and scrub boards, storytellers recall their homes and living conditions while growing up in the West End.

“That was the transition: We went from the rooming houses to the walk-up apartments to the highrises.”

— Bob Adamson —



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West End Stories Connect Youth to Past. Linda Givetash. 19 March 2014.