At the turn of the century, realtors Charles Broadhurst and Frederick Whitaker commissioned the construction of what became known as the Broadhurst & Whitaker Block. Home to the offices of C.F. Broadhurst Real Estate and F.A. Whitaker Real Estate on the ground floor, the building was a cornerstone of Cedar Cottage—a thriving village centre with dozens of shops, a post office, brewery, and silent movie theatre. A tram stop at 18th and Commercial drew visitors and merchants from all across the region.

View of the 3500 block Commercial Street looking north from 20th avenue, circa 1913

Over a century later, the building was acquired by Hudson Projects with the intent to re-establishing this local landmark. The following images are captures of the original building taken by photographer Adam Blasberg before the process of restoration.