West End – Postcard – Looking west down Davie Street
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 Percy Hugh Alder. He was a grocer who lived at 1155 Denman Street in 1903. After that, he lived mostly in the West End until 1922. He operated a grocery store at various locations in the West End, including 1084 Denman Street from 1904 to 1906, and 1094 Denman Street from 1908 to 1909 and 1917 to 1922.
Henry Elston Almond – detail from CVA 371-3009 – Administration Board Greater Vancouver Water District
I updated the page on Henry Elston Almond. He was a successful real estate investor. He had a chain of drug stores, as well as a large dairy and ice cream operation. He lived at 1836 Comox Street from 1909 to 1917. Almond Park in Kitisilano is named after him.
Probably 1037 Denman Street – Detail from [B C Electric Railway] open car operating on Denman Street running to English Bay – Vancouver City Archives – AM336-S3-2 – CVA 677-83
I added a new page on 1037 Denman Street
. It was on the west side of Denman Street, between Nelson Street and Comox Street.
Henriette Buck – American Women – Fifteen Hundred Biographies – New York – Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick (revised edition, 1897) – page 133.
I added a new page on Madame Henriette Buck. She was a teacher, writer and mezzo-soprano singer who lived at 746 Gilford Street in 1906. She was the widow of Walter Edgar Buck (1864-1902), who was a singer, music teacher, and director of musical productions.
I added a new page on Robert Fenwick Anderson. He was a hardware merchant who lived at 1048 Denman Street in 1911 and 1912.
I added a new page on Henry Cecil Akroyd. He was a real estate broker and military man who lived at 1919 Beach Avenue from 1910 to 1913.
William Adolphus Akhurst – 1916 – Who’s Who and Why – page 9
I added a new page on William Adolphus Akhurst, who lived at 1844 Barclay Street from 1914 to 1924. He had an engineering background, and he spent much of his career selling industrial machinery and supplies.
I added a new page on Basil Dunell. He was an electrical engineer who worked for the British Columbia Electric Railway. He lived at 1835 Pendrell Street from 1920 to about 1925.
1835 Pendrell Street – 1968 – detail from City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 1348-19 – 1831 and 1835 Pendrell north side – just west of Denman
I updated the page on 1835 Pendrell Street.
1800 Block Pendrell Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park