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
I added a new page on William Harry Burley. He was a building contractor and real estate broker. He and his brother, Leonard Burley, lived at 835 Park Road (later called Lagoon Drive) from 1909 to 1911. William sometimes spelled his last name “Burleigh”; Leonard generally used “Burley” for his last name.
I added a new page on Richard Strachan Bull. He was a hardware salesman and manager, first for the firm of Wood, Vallance and Leggatt, and later for a series of other hardware businesses.
I added a new page on George McLaren Brown.In the Vancouver City Archives hard copy of this photograph [Str P182N113], there is a Major Matthews annotation between 1999 Nelson Street (A.E. Tregent) and 1931 Nelson Street (Charles H. Wilson) that says: “Sir Geo McL. Brown, later European Agent, C.P.R.”
The Vancouver directories after 1888 include listings for George McLaren Brown in almost every year until 1901, but nothing shows him anywhere on Nelson Street. However, Major Matthews usually had a good reason when he included information in the archives, so it is possible that Mr. Brown did have a connection with Nelson Street.George McLaren Brown was involved with the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout most of his career. He arrived in Vancouver about 1887, where he started as a ticket agent. Later he was called a district passenger, a general agent, and an executive agent.