This site is about the history of the West End in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, starting in the late 1800s and running to about 1920. It deals mostly with the West of Denman area, which runs from Denman Street on the east to Stanley Park on the west, and from Coal Harbour on the north to English Bay on the south.
This is an outline of what is on the site:
- Historical Background, including street layout and street names
- Houses and individual named buildings
- Biographies and business names
The About page gives more details on the general nature of this site.
At this point, I haven’t included many pictures showing the buildings that are currently on each site. Below are sources for some current buildings. I don’t have any connection to these sites, but they are useful:
- Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building Location Map for West End: http://www.6717000.com/downtownmaps/map6-l.php
- Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building List for West End: http://www.6717000.com/region-6.html#listofbuildings
Ted Thomas sent me a photograph of 1898 Robson Street from the early 1970s. The street address was 710 Gilford Street by the time Ted was living in the house from 1972 to 1975.
The rent for his one bedroom apartment was $115.00 per month. His front window looked out onto Robson Street, but the view was partially obscured by the monkey puzzle tree, which was as tall as the house. The ceilings in the house seemed incredibly high.
The garages for the property were originally stables. Someone had nailed an old horseshoe above the garage door.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, an elderly British couple, were the managers of the apartments in the house. They were the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. And there was a Manx house cat, which Ted called “Tom.”
Thanks, Ted, for the photograph and for the details of what it was like to live in the house in the 1970s.
I updated the information on Xenophone Bragis. He appeared in the 1915 directory as X. Bragris. He appears to have been born in Greece about 1884.
I updated the page on Vancouver elites, with information on society directories.
I added a new page on Charles Frederick Boyce. He was a civil engineer for Norton Griffiths Steel Construction Company.
He was later a sales manager for Balfour Guthrie and Company, who were shipping merchants, importers and exporters, and suppliers of building materials.
He lived at 891 Chilco Street from 1916 to 1920.