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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

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.

Hugh Arthur Edward Bragg (1880-after 1926)

I added a new page on Hugh Arthur Edward Bragg. He was a salesman for A.E. Austin and Company, a firm of estate agents, insurance and investment brokers. Hugh lived at 1101 Gilford Street in 1911. The head of A.E. Austin and Company was Albert Ernest Austin (1878-1931);

1898 Robson Street

1898 Robson Street - west side - early 1970s - also called 710 Gilford Street - courtesy of Ted Thomas

1898 Robson Street – west side – early 1970s – also called 710 Gilford Street – courtesy of Ted Thomas

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.

Xenophon Bragis

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.

X. Bragris (with two “r”s) appears in the 1915 Vancouver directory as having a confectionery business at 1890 Georgia Street. He was living at 1888 Georgia Street that year.

 

 

Vancouver elites

I updated the page on Vancouver elites, with information on society directories.

 The Vancouver Social Directory and Club Register, 1914, title page


The Vancouver Social Directory and Club Register, 1914, title page

William Stanley Berryman (1889-1948)

I added a new page on William Stanley Berryman (often called “Stan”). He was an accountant and a salesman for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company. He lived at 1989 Beach Avenue in 1914; at 1994 Pendrell Street in 1914; and at 1874 Pendrell Street in 1918 and 1919.

Charles Frederick Boyce (1876-1953)

Charles F. Boyce, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 395

Charles F. Boyce, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 395

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.

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