Illegal replacement of sign at Granville and Broadway on Heritage Building

Granville and Broadway illegal sign

Illegal sign Sept 29, 2015

Illegal sign Sept 29, 2015

A sign at the corner of Granville Street and West Broadway was illegally replaced a few months ago. The new “AEG education” corner sign is now installed on the protected Class A heritage building at 1484-1490 West Broadway.

For the record, we’ve included a photograph of the new sign from September 29, 2015 (see inset). The colour of the sign has also been changed to a red base, from the previous blue base that was more in line with the colour scheme of the building. The former Kaplan sign was a light blue colour.

The news of the illegal replacement of the sign was covered on 980 CKNW: Historic blue neon sign on Granville and Broadway replaced (Emily Lazatin, August 11, 2015). The article noted that “the city did not issue a permit for the sign to be changed” and it was labelled as “an eyesore” by a critic.

Is the City of Vancouver incapable of enforcing sign bylaws? Or is there another reason why the City looks the other way when its bylaws are violated? Did City inspectors fail to notice the work earlier this year (image from Google Maps included below)? Whatever happened to the original sign?

Google Maps view from May 2015

Google Maps view from May 2015 (above) and original photo from February 2014 (below)

Kaplan sign Granville Broadway

Granville and West Broadway, August 3, 2011

Granville and West Broadway, August 3, 2011

Illegal sign at Granville and Broadway. September 29, 2015

Illegal sign at Granville and Broadway. September 29, 2015

Google Maps view from May 2014

Google Maps view from May 2014

5 thoughts on “Illegal replacement of sign at Granville and Broadway on Heritage Building

  1. Wasn’t there a business college and the building used to be owned by the COV… I remember some ‘internal’ controversy when they were trying to lease it out.

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  2. Up until this summer, a tech company leased all (or most of) the top floor. They have since moved to Yaletown to get more office space. I guess this new company came in and decided to change the sign.

  3. I grew up in Vancouver and remember that building as having a rotating Pitman Business College sign. The ground floor was occupied by Welch’s candy. I searched the City of Vancouver archives for an old photo of Granville and Broadway and sure enough, there is one from around the late 1970s(?) that shows the Pitman sign. This is the business college the previous commenter makes reference to. I don’t know when the sign was changed to Kaplan.

  4. The business college was Pitman and the sign was there for many years. The Kaplan sign was not original. A search of the City of Vancouver archives shows the rotating Pitman sign in a photo of Granville and Broadway taken in the late 1970s.

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