way back in 1904...
At the turn of the 20th century, Lower Lonsdale was an explosive bustle of commercial development as a booming shipbuilding and logging capital of the lower mainland. The first building on the McDowell block was 101 Lonsdale, significant for its prominent corner location facing two major streets, "Boomtown" frontage, store front "glazing," small cornice brackets, chamfered ground level entry, and double hung wood sash windows. The first tenant was Marcus McDowell who operated McDowell pharmacy from 1904-1948 when he retired and his son took over until he retired in 1973.
112 years after its original construction, 101 Lonsdale has been restored to its original glory! From single paned craftsmen style windows to a cedar shingled gable roof, this unique corner heritage building regains its prominent status as one of the most important addresses in Lower Lonsdale. The exterior is cladded in Edwardian Era true Vancouver heritage colours Pentrall Green and Hastings Red while the interior walls are lined in 800 year old old growth Douglas Fir that has been repurposed from the salvaged 2 x 4s of the original structure.
Lift Breakfast Bakery is honoured to call 101 home and aims to unite the community of Lower Lonsdale with a welcoming meeting place that both honour the integrity of the past while exceeding the expectations of the future.