North Vancouver, B.C. Canada
"The Gospel Hall brethren are a group of independent Christian assemblies throughout the world that fellowship with each other through a set of shared Biblical doctrines and practices. Theologically, they are evangelical and dispensational....they usually describe themselves simply as "Christians" gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus,...They are not a denomination in the normal sense of the word....Gospel Hall brethren would claim to follow the "pattern" of New Testament church doctrine...As such they recognise no central ecclesiastical authority, no formal creed, no prescribed liturgy nor any ordained salaried ministry. Each assembly is an autonomous locally functioning body of baptised believers, recognising the final authority of the Bible and led by a plurality of elders." (Link 1.)
The 1921 City Directory confirms the 4th and Lonsdale NW corner location. It lists The Gospel Hall in North Vancouver at #403 Lonsdale Ave in 1921. This was the middle of the three stores in the 1912 building on the north west corner of Lonsdale Ave. at West 4th Street. The building also is listed as having rooms. The Des Brisay Department Store occupied #401 in 1913 and at least to 1920. Others who occupied #403 during the time The Gospel Hall was a resident were Lonsdale College of Music and Tailor Richard Willoughby. The last listing of the Gospel Hall at this address was 1929.
The hall has wood panelling on the side walls up to the windows and covering the front wall. A large lectern is in the front of the hall and chairs provide seating.
(SW Observation of the Sanctuary: The simple hall had wood panelling on the sides up to the windows. The front was also wood panelled, this time to the ceiling. In a recess there was a large lecturn "my guide told me that is what to call it" and a chair on each side. The chairs were casually placed in the hall.)
Thank you: To Allan McCurrie for his helpful information. Photo: Taken November 2012 by SW.
Link 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_Hall_Brethren
Link 2: http://www.gospelhall.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1160&Itemid=60