About Main Level


MAIN LEVEL with Richards Street access for a floor office or a retail unit, in the centrally located Standard Building.  We have a highly desirable location with affordable rates. 

AVAILABLE NOW,  ending on a 5+ year lease term

USE: Office use or Retail

RENTABLE FLOOR AREA: ~5,500 SF rentable floor area (see floor plan below at the area labelled 103 (200), all dimensions approximate) May be combined or restructured to include the available full second floor (~8000sqft).  Landlord open to demising different configurations between the main level unit and the second level.
(ie Offering full main floor (with AC) while maintaining private stair case to access a portion of  the second floor  (~4000sqft) for a total of 10,000 sqft)

VIEWABLE by appointment only. Please contact drew.hardisty@aquilini.com with questions or to schedule a viewing of the suite.


•	Richards Street entrance and back lane access
•	Two-level floor plan
•	Large windows facing street
•	Open work area
•	Multiple offices
•	Boardroom
•	Heritage high ceilings
•	Large windows
•	Air conditioning
•	Heritage finishes
•	Break-out meeting rooms
•	In-suite storage
•	Internal security and fob system
•	Large operable windows, each 6” high, for ventilation and increased light
•	Heat, electricity, janitorial, and garbage / recycling / compost pick-up included
•	24-hour building access
•	Shared washroom facilities


•	Communication lines, internet, water delivery etc.), tenant  to coordinate as needed
•	Computers /electronics
•	Parking
•	Furniture

VIEWABLE by appointment only. Please contact drew.hardisty@aquilini.com with questions or to schedule a viewing of the suite.
  • Improved
  • Est. Monthly Rent: $16,724
  • Floor: 0
  • Size 5,500 SF
  • Type Retail
  • Gross Rent $36.49/SF
  • Base Rent $25.00/SF
  • Additional Rent $11.49/SF
  • Lease Direct
  • Availability Now
  • Last Updated Mar 15, 2018
  • Verified On Mar 15, 2018
  • Source Aquilini Properties LP

About The Standard Building

HISTORY: (Scroll down to bypass to Building Location and Building Offerings)

Back in 1889 this corner (the southwest corner of Hastings and Richards) seems to have M Reynell and Co as tenants. They imported Japanese goods into the city, although they were shown in the street directory as being at 422 Pender Street. In 1890 Fred Cope and Cope and Young were here, both importing dry goods. (Cope and Young had the middle store in the photograph). By 1895 the Bank of BC had premises here, and by 1900 the Royal Bank had taken over. By 1905 all the tenants had changed again – they included the Board of Trade saloon, Mortimore Bros, tailors and the Colombo tea Co. In 1908 there were a number of real estate offices including those of C T Dunbar and Count A V Alvensleben, as well as William E Green’s timber lands office. In 1910 and 1911 the Bank of Ottawa are on the corner, and the Regent Hotel has been established on the upper floors. And then it’s gone – in the 1913 directory it’s called ‘new building’

The building was one of a series of buildings in the city designated ‘The Ferguson Block’ – Mr Ferguson seemed to like to have his name associated with all his developments which gave him name recognition while causing some confusion for researchers today. This Ferguson Block was built in 1889 and the architects were the Fripp Brothers who designed a lot of buildings in the city in only a couple of years from 1888 to 1890. They also designed both the Boulder Hotel (for Mr Ferguson) and Dougall House on Cordova Street.

By 1916 the new building is listed as the Standard Bank Building. It was briefly known as the Weart Building named after its promoter, J W Weart, but it quickly got named after its most important tenant. Like the Birks Building and the Yorkshire Building built in the same period the Standard Bank Building was supplied with ornamental ironwork from the Chicago Ornamental Iron Co. The steel frame was tested by The Robert W. Hunt & Company Engineers’ Bureau of Inspection, Tests and Consultation, of Chicago, (as was the Hotel Vancouver and the Bank of Ottawa). Seattle architects Russell Babcock and Rice carried out the design.

The new building had a variety of tenants – there was the Venetian barber on the main floor, a tea room on the second floor, and the Canadian Red Cross had offices on the third floor, as well as Brighouse and Brighouse, dentists. The other floors had a thorough mix from lawyers, accountants, steelworks offices, lumber mills offices, a fish company, a creosote company and up on the fifteenth floor J W Weart’s own office as well as Winifred Kindleyside’s public stenographers.

Today, with no Standard Bank left in town it’s just the Standard Building, and at 100 years old showing absolutely no sign of being irrelevant to the 21st Century city. The Ferguson Block lasted 25 years. So far the Standard building has 100 years on the clock, and looks good for 100 more.
(Sourced from changingvancouver.wordpress.com)


- Corner of West Hastings Street and Richards Street;
- Steps from the landmark transit hub of Vancouver, The Waterfront Station;
- Close to the Financial District;
- Beside the Granville Entertainment District;
- At the edge of Historic Gastown;
- Surrounded by many popular pubs and restaurants.


- Retail and boutique style offices;
- 300 sqft to 7500 sqft;
- Elegant lobby, with a 24hr Blenz
- 10’-4” ceilings accessible;
- Large operable windows for good air flow;
- Heat, electricity, janitorial, and garbage / recycling / compost pick-up included;
- 24-hour building access;
- Shared washroom facilities.

VIEWABLE by appointment only. Please contact drew.hardisty@aquilini.com with questions or to schedule a viewing of the suite.

The proximity to Vancouver’s main sky-train and bus terminals, sea bus, and the abundanceof parking choices have made the Standard Building an ideal location for many businesses.
  • 24hr access
  • Bike friendly
  • Elevator
  • Heritage
  • Operable windows
  • Restaurant
  • Transit friendly
  • Property Type Office
  • Zoning Office
  • Status Existing
  • Building Class C
  • Total Available Space 17,475 SF
  • Direct Available Space 17,475 SF
  • Sublet Available Space 0 SF
  • Min Divisible 268 SF
  • Max Contiguous 8,000 SF
  • Building Size 115,128 SF
  • Number Of Floors 15
  • Average Floorplate 7,600 SF
  • Year Built 1913
  • BOMA
  • LEED
  • Managed By Aquilini Investment Group
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