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Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station

107 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/09/22

Exterior view of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station, 2004; City of North Vancouver, 2004
Oblique view
P.G.E. Station, circa 1914; Collection Marjorie Koers
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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/02/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station is a one-storey wooden building with a shallow-pitched gabled roof and deep flared eaves. The station is situated just south of its original location at the south foot of Lonsdale Avenue near the waterfront.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) Railway Station is associated with its location in Lower Lonsdale, the commercial core of North Vancouver, and the earliest, most historic area of commercial buildings on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet. Lower Lonsdale grew explosively from the turn of the twentieth century until the general financial depression in 1913 halted the ambitious construction of the previous years. The area represents a formative period in B.C.'s economy, driven at the time by major industries including logging and shipbuilding. The streetcar, ferry to Vancouver and the PGE railway all converged at the south foot of Lonsdale Avenue, the major transportation hub on the North Shore. Today, water and bus transit continue to meet at this strategic location, and the PGE station serves as a reminder of the area's historic significance.

The PGE Railway Station is valued as a rare surviving structure of the early railway era on the North Shore. The PGE was incorporated in 1912 to provide railway services from Vancouver to Prince George. The railway had an important role in the economic growth of North Vancouver, providing a link to the resources of the interior of the province, as well as passenger services to Horseshoe Bay and West Vancouver. The station is significant as representing small- to medium-sized railway stations across the nation, typically side-gabled or hipped roof structures with bellcast eaves, supported by large triangular brackets, provided to shelter waiting passengers.

The building is also valued for its association with its architect, Harold Cullerne (1890-1976), who designed the structure while in the employ of the Office of the Chief Engineer of the PGE.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Pacific Great Eastern Station include its:
- rectangular form, modest scale and regular massing
- location at the south foot of Lonsdale Avenue
- orientation with the waiting room facing south and the baggage area facing the street
- wood frame construction
- arrangement of loading bay doors for freight and double-hinged doors for passengers
- shallow gable roof, clad with cedar shingles, with bellcast eaves and large brackets
- regular fenestration
- multi-paned double-hung wooden-sash windows, in multiple assembly to provide extensive glazing in the south-facing waiting room
- cedar shingle cladding above a narrow lapped wooden siding base
- original interior layout, with tongue-and-groove woodwork
- documented original colour scheme, including the stained cedar shingle roof



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

Recognition Date


Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type




Station or Other Rail Facility

Architect / Designer

Harold Cullerne



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Planning Files, City of North Vancouver

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