Published in "This is East Van " Photography Book, released May 2011

for more info about the project, and where to get the book, check out:

Read about an article regarding this hotel:

the most unliveable place found in what’s considered as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

917 Main Street Vancouver
BC Canada


  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Adrian. You’ve captured a boatload of character in both the building and the people in front of it. You know, this building has had the label of cockroach hotel for more years than I can remember. My husband’s cousin used to own this hotel, and back in 1986 when we had Expo here in Vancouver, he sold it to a group of Turkish investors. I thought at that point it might have been updated or renovated (or bulldozed!), but 24 years later it’s still the dump it always was. It surprises me because this parcel of land is so much more valuable than the building sitting on it. Cheers, S.

  • I was reading the article about it and i swear i almost gagged.

    – adriangeronimo

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    Excellent street shot – so many details and food for thought as well as great composition. I really like the repeated reds in the sign and the shopping trolly. Kasia

  • thanks Kasia!

    – adriangeronimo

  • marcwellman2000
    marcwellman2000over 4 years ago

    wonderful image!

  • thanks a lot marcwellman.

    – adriangeronimo

  • KreddibleTrout
    KreddibleTroutover 4 years ago

    i got a lot of shots of that place. some from years ago. 9 years ago was behind the ’Ho (across the street) taking shots of some stuff tangled in barbed wire when I had an interesting conversation with a 50 year old hooker. good times.

  • good times indeed hahaha i always thought they were gonna shut down a part of that place last year, you know, like where they did the punk concerts and what not. my buddy told me about a stand out show he did there. apparently it was quite the scary crowd lol

    – adriangeronimo

  • KreddibleTrout
    KreddibleTroutover 4 years ago

    yeah. i’ve played in places like that. well… almost. been to many shows in similar venues, though never did see a show at the cobalt when I was in Van. probably should have as it’ll be a frikken condo in 5 years. i have a shot of the back of it from a now impossible perspective as there are now condos where I stood to take the shot. i’ll have to look for it, scan and post it.

  • that would be interesting to see. let me know if you do.

    – adriangeronimo

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyover 3 years ago

    15 May 2011


    Your Hosts,
    Mike & Gene

  • Thanks to you guys!!!

    – adriangeronimo

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaover 3 years ago


    June 01, 2011

  • Awesome!! Thank you!!

    – adriangeronimo

  • Annie Lemay  Photography
    Annie Lemay P...over 2 years ago

    Yes indeed East Van, remember that spot! LOL

  • Annie Lemay  Photography
    Annie Lemay P...over 2 years ago

    Huge congrats for the book too, great idea!

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