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Introduction

West End - Postcard - Looking west down Davie Street

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:

  1. Historical Background, including street layout and street names
  2. Houses and individual named buildings
  3. 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:

  1. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building Location Map for West End: http://www.6717000.com/downtownmaps/map6-l.php
  2. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building List for West End: http://www.6717000.com/region-6.html#listofbuildings

Hewitt Bostock (1864-1930)

Hon. Senator Hewitt Bostock, P.C., Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 1543.

Hon. Senator Hewitt Bostock, P.C., Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 1543.

I added a new page on Hewitt Bostock. He was a rancher, fruit farmer, politician, and Speaker of the Senate. He lived at 1835 Barclay Street in 1918.

Edward Charles Bridgman (1846-1904)

I added a new page on Edward Charles Bridgman. He was a ship captain and shipping pilot. He lived at 871 Denman Street from 1903 to 1904.

Edward Harry Bridgman (1876-1945)

I added a new page on Edward Harry Bridgman. He was an accountant, business manager, politician, and civil servant. He lived at 871 Denman Street from 1905 to 1909.

More information on Edward Harry Bridgman and his family appears on the page for his father, Edward Charles Bridgman.

Ensor Brentnall (1881-possibly 1937)

I added a new page on Ensor Brentnall, who was an engineer and a commercial traveler. He lived at the rear of 2020 Beach Avenue in 1910.

Everett Mark Breed (1880-1954)

Everett Mark Breed, 1940, immigration card to Brazil , https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KNGD-K7K

Everett Mark Breed, 1940, immigration card to Brazil , https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KNGD-K7K

I added a new page on Everett Mark Breed. He was an electrical engineer, an inventor, and the district manager of Allis-Chalmers-Bullock Ltd. in Vancouver. He lived at 1020 Chilco Street in 1910.

John Benjamin Bright (1860-1943)

John B. Bright, C.E., Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company , 1914, Volume 3, page 35, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/35/mode/1up

John B. Bright, C.E., Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company , 1914, Volume 3, page 35, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/35/mode/1up

I added a new page on John Benjamin Bright. He was a civil engineer and railway contractor. He lived at 1949 Barclay Street in 1911 and 1912. He was at 1943 Comox Street from 1914 to 1919.

William Elgie Bland (1864-1948)

William Elgie Bland, detail from Vancouver Town Planning Commission, 1926, https://archive.org/stream/planforcityofvan00vanc#page/8/mode/1up

William Elgie Bland, detail from Vancouver Town Planning Commission, 1926, https://archive.org/stream/planforcityofvan00vanc#page/8/mode/1up

I added a new page on William Elgie Bland, who was a consulting engineer for the Provincial Land and Financial Corporation. He lived at 1913 Beach Avenue from 1913 to 1927. From 1928 to 1948, he lived in an apartment in the Englesea Lodge at 2046 Beach Avenue.

James Thomas Blowey (1853-1934)

James Thomas Blowey, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blowey

James Thomas Blowey, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blowey

I added a new page on James Thomas Blowey, who was a retired furniture dealer. He had been a city councillor in Edmonton, Alberta. He lived at 1847 Pendrell Street in 1911. Later he moved to 1037 Matthews Avenue in Shaughnessy Heights.

Arthur Henry Bradbury (about 1873-1940)

I added a new page on Arthur Henry Bradbury, who was a baker and a grocer. He was at 1208 Denman Street from 1905 to 1912.

Edmund Blow (1889-1975)

I added a new page on Edmund Blow, who was a carpenter and builder. He was also a janitor for the Sylvia Court Apartments, which were at 1154 Gilford Street. He lived at 1154 Gilford Street from 1917 to 1919, and at 1876 Pendrell Street in 1920 and 1921.

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