If you landed in the parking lot, you might be intrigued. You might notice some unexpected things – the colourful tenant signs, the naked man tied to a horse. But, you would need to set foot in the door and walk in for a distance to realize that you were in a hive of artist’s studios – furniture designers, painters, button-makers, milliners.
1000 Parker Street’s first wooden building went up around 1896 to house Restmore mattresses. Over the years, it has served as a Woodward’s toy storage facility and home to the Vancouver Revolver and Rifle Club.
These days, it is oodles of art that is causing excitement at 1000 Parker. With its high ceilings, aged wooden beams and cheaper rent, the building attracted an artists’ community that has continued to thrive. And once a year– during the Eastside Culture Crawl – the public descends to check it all out.