Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: The Railway Club

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.
City of Vancouver Archives: BU N350 #4920 Matthew Stark. AM54-s4 (1927?)

This awesome “before and now” photo of The Railway Club at 579 Dunsmuir St is courtesy of a great blog Changing Vancouver WordPress.  It’s even more awesome that the building is still standing!

You’re invited to join us at the Railway Club‘s 80th Anniversary Show this Saturday, Dec 8th for a Places That Matter plaque presentation, history and great live music featuring The Modelos, Stingin’ Hornets, Graham Brown Band and surprise alumni special guests. Come at 8:30pm if you want to hear the history! How many of you where there when The Tragically Hip took the stage? Do you have vintage posters and photos to share from a favourite concert? Bring it on Saturday! Look for us at the “heritage” table and join us for a pint….

“New social headquarters of Vancouver’s railwaymen will open at midnight New Year’s Eve” (Vancouver Sun, December 30, 1931). Known as the Railwaymen’s Club it was one of many membership only workingman clubs opening in the city after prohibition was lifted. The Railway Club began as a members-only card club for railway workers and occupied space once belonging to the European Concert Cafe on the upper floor of the 1926 Laursen Building. In 1981, the old club entered a new era when it was revamped as a live music venue presenting some of Canada’s best talent and breaking new acts.”