ARCHIVES CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY
On Friday, April 3rd, the Community Archives will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Regular hours of operation will resume the following week. If you wish to visit the archives on April 9th or the 10th, please Email
the archives or leave a telephone message and you will be contacted by staff. We look forward to assisting you.
OLDEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING DISCOVERIES
Through visitors to the Archives this week, more information about the history of Mission's oldest commercial building - historically known as the Windebank Block
which is located 32995 First Avenue - was discovered.
As a result of an inquiry by a local resident, resources in the Mission Community Archives revealed that in 1960, the building was known as the Thomas Block
and had rooms available to rent as an office or suite. An ad placed in the local newspaper stated: "No children, careless or indifferent people. We cater to the best and will continue to do so." (Fraser Valley Record
: February 10, 1960). The following year, the owner - Mr. Thomas - appeared before council requesting to make "a motor hotel of the building" which was approved (Fraser Valley Record
: April 19, 1961).
Another visitor viewing the Archives new exhibit - Meet Me on Main Street
- recalled how the building once housed the Lighthouse restaurant where she worked during the 1950s. Coincidently while conducting some other research Archivist Val Billesberger discovered an uncatalogued photo of the building when it was a restaurant. If you or anyone you know can provide more information about or photographs of the Lighthouse, please email
the archivist, Val Billesberger.
Fraser Valley Record fonds
You can find out the fascinating story behind the names of local streets by reading our Street Stories