The Gospel Mission or ‘Pigeon Mission’ as it is known by street people, is in many ways an old fashion mission.
Built in the 1890’s, the building is a typical brick two-story building located in Gastown on the north side of a small park called ‘Pigeon Square’.
Both the park and surrounding builds date back to the early years of Vancouver, B.C., which was originally, called ‘Granville Town’.
It’s located on the second floor and there is a faded reminder of the buildings past painted on the side of it, that says,”Saloon, beds 20 cents”.
The mission is one of the oldest ones in Vancouver.
The date of it being turned into a mission is sketchy, but I have spoken to people who have been coming there since the 40’s.
The A.C.O.P. has had a mission in that area since 1920’s.