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Bell's Drygoods Store

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1985]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 cm x12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Bell's Drygoods Store on the site of the Burnaby Village Museum. Caption on original matte read: "Bell Drygoods Store (1985) - Bell Drygoods Store, built in 1918 on 6th Street. Moved in 1974 to the Burnaby Village Museum."
Administrative History
Flora Bell and her husband Bill were the Bells of "Bell's Drygoods", the shop relocated to the Burnaby Village Museum. Donated by the Burnaby Historical Society.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 cm x12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Bell's Drygoods Store on the site of the Burnaby Village Museum. Caption on original matte read: "Bell Drygoods Store (1985) - Bell Drygoods Store, built in 1918 on 6th Street. Moved in 1974 to the Burnaby Village Museum."
Administrative History
Flora Bell and her husband Bill were the Bells of "Bell's Drygoods", the shop relocated to the Burnaby Village Museum.
Donated by the Burnaby Historical Society.
Creator
[unknown]
Other Title Information
Title based on content of photograph.
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Bell, Flora
Bell, William
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Historical Society
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Accession Code
BV017.32.1
Date
[1985]
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-Mar-2018
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Construction of an office complex

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 1977
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.5 x 19.5 cm
Item No.
480-314
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the site of the first office complex built in Burnaby by Marathon Realty just as construction began. A man in a plaid fedora stands to the right, watching the men work below. The site is situated across the street from the Municipal Hall on Canada Way, and consists of a number buildin…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 1977
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-314
Accession Number
2003-02
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.5 x 19.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the site of the first office complex built in Burnaby by Marathon Realty just as construction began. A man in a plaid fedora stands to the right, watching the men work below. The site is situated across the street from the Municipal Hall on Canada Way, and consists of a number buildings.
Photographer
King, Basil
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial
Construction
Names
Marathon Realty
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Newspaper clipping attached to verso of photograph reads: "NEW COMPLEX NOW UNDERWAY A giant hole and a pile of earth are all that mark the site of a new Burnaby office complex being built on Edgar Avenue across from the Municipal Hall. the project is being built by Marathon Realty, the real estate arm of Canadian Pacific."
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Canada Way
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
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Interview with Sev Morin by Rod Fowler April 4, 1990 - Track 2

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Sev Morin’s description of Burnaby’s growth and business development along Kingsway and Hastings, the Lake City Industrial Park, and the purchase of property in 1958 for the Heritage Park and Art Gallery.
Date Range
1950-1990
Length
00:06:16
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Sev Morin’s description of Burnaby’s growth and business development along Kingsway and Hastings, the Lake City Industrial Park, and the purchase of property in 1958 for the Heritage Park and Art Gallery.
Date Range
1950-1990
Photo Info
Sev Morin (left) of Severin's in Burnaby (formerly the Gai Paree) hosting a gala New Year's celebration, 1979. Item no. 480-712
Length
00:06:16
Subject
Buildings - Commercial
Buildings - Civic
Buildings - Industrial
Buildings - Schools - Universities and Colleges
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Lake City Area
Burnaby Mountain Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
April 4, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Severin "Sev" Morin, conducted by Rod Fowler. Sev Morin was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Sev Morin’s banquet hall, restaurant and night club business on Kingsway, originally named the “Gai Paree Supper Club” (1947-1976) and later “Severin’s” (1976-1985) and “Diego’s” (1985-1994), its function as a Burnaby landmark, and the entertainment and political people he met through his business. He also describes his many volunteer activities in Burnaby, including member of the SFU Senate, Rotary Club, Variety Club and Telethon, fund raising for Burnaby Hospital, and tourism related groups, and his political work for the federal Liberal party. He talks about his parents’ origins, the lives of his brothers Rudy and Rene, and the family’s involvement in establishing the “Gai Paree”. He also shares his views about the business and cultural development of Burnaby. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Severin “Sev” Rene Morin was born September 21, 1927, in Bonneville, Alberta, to Rene Pierre Morin (1878-1963) and Anne Marie (nee Lachiver) Morin (1886-1956). Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Morin and their son Rene Francois (1905-1954) immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, from France in 1913, where Rene Pierre Morin worked for the C.N.R. and a second son Adolphe “Rudy” Ferdinand (1922-1969) was born, followed by their third son Severin. In 1943, after R.P. Morin retired, the family moved to Burnaby to a house on Sperling Avenue. Sometime earlier the two older Morin brothers found work in Trail at the smelter and developed musical careers. In 1946/47 the Morin family purchased property on Kingsway and built a banquet hall, the “Gai Paree Supper Club”. Sev and Rudy Morin managed the club and Rene F. Morin moved to Burnaby to join them with his band. The supper club, with its live music and dance floor, became a popular meeting place and wedding venue, eventually expanding into a restaurant and nightclub in the 1970s. The “Gai Paree” was renamed “Severin’s” in 1976 and “Diego’s” in 1985, closing finally in 1994. Sev Morin’s business life included three record stores which he owned with his friend Jack Cullen. Through these businesses Sev Morin was well known in the entertainment and hospitality industry. He and his restaurant also hosted political and social events that made the restaurant a community landmark. Sev Morin contributed many volunteer hours to community and charitable organizations, including an appointment to the SFU Senate, fundraising for the Burnaby Hospital, Director of the Variety Club and Rotary Club, and consultant for a variety of tourism related ventures. He also was active in the federal Liberal Party. Sev Morin and his wife Pauline married in 1950 and had three children. Sev Morin died at age 86 on March 28, 2014.
Total Tracks
10
Total Length
00:56:44
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Morin, Severin "Sev"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-021_Track_2
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track two of interview with Sev Morin

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