A Walk Down Memory ‘Alley’, Hogan’s Alley in Pictures

Overview

Prior to the building of the Georgia Viaduct, a vibrant black community had resided in the Strathcona neighbourhood then referred to as “Hogan’s Alley”. Although activists successfully rallied against the proposed plan for a highway, the viaducts were still built. The construction took over much of the area and displaced what was then a pillar of Vancouver's black community. Here is a look back at Hogan’s Alley.

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The coloured squares of this map show the location of archival pictures, taken by the city before the demolition of Hogan's Alley. 

These pictures were taken by the city in 1969, as they planned the construction of the viaducts.

221 Prior St. 

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218 Union St. 

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232-240 Union St.

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264 Union St.

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800-804 Main St. 

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828 - 830 Main St.

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The neighbourhood was home to one of the most iconic restaurants of the time, Vie’s Chicken and Steak House. Visiting musicians, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, and Sammy Davis Jr. we’re among the many patrons of the popular restaurant. Even the legendary Jimi Hendrix spent time here! His grandmother, Nora Hendrix, lived in the neighbourhood and was a cook at Vie’s.

Ironically, the city is now planning to demolish the Georgia Viaducts as part of the Northeast False Creek Development. The plans include a Black Cultural Centre of Vancouver, however due to funding concerns there is still some uncertainty on the timeline of this project.

For more information and archival pictures of Hogan’s Alley, check out the Vancouver Archives.