26 Feb 2012
Vancouver demolition reveals intriguing ghostsign
Located on corner of Granville Street and Robson Street, it is a colourful specimen in excellent condition, the building which has come down working to protect it from weathering and whitewashing. I especially like the very conversant copy above the manicule which reads, “Capitol, over there”.
“I think the management of the theatre took advantage of the brief period when a building [on the corner] was demolished and before construction started on the new one.”
It appears that the relationship between this sign and demolition in the area now spans 90 years. However, this time the sign will be losing out rather than gaining from the current spat of development work. An RIP is imminent as the bulldozers are soon to turn their attention to its host building. Luckily there have been plenty of photos taken already to record this brief revival in the limelight, one of my favourites is this one from lost ironies who also posted a clip from the film on the blog.
The story of this sign has some similarities to the BP sign in King’s Cross and the ongoing reveal and cover of the Redferns signs in Wandsworth. It is more evidence of the constantly evolving global landscape of signs being revealed and lost, in this instance a lovely discovery if only for a relatively fleeting moment.