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 goes 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:
- General historical background, including information on street layout and street names
- Houses and individual named buildings
- Biographies and named businesses
Each house and building will eventually have its own page, with links to other information on this site and elsewhere.
Similarly, each head of a household or family will have their own page, with links to other information on this site and elsewhere.
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 often 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
The About page gives more details on the general nature of this site.
Each time I add a new page, I include a short post on the blog part of the site, including a short description of the subject of the page, along with a link to the page.
Navigating this site.
Although this is a basic WordPress site, it does allow you to find information in several ways.
Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. These dropdown lists are sometimes finicky, but they do work.
The general categories for most street names and biographies also lead to separate pages. At this point, some of the pages are just placeholders, but they will get further details when the information is ready.
Use the search box near the top right of the screen. This search applies to everything on the site, including the blog posts and the general pages.
Click on tags in the tag cloud. They apply to the general occupations of the heads of families. These tags apply only to the blog posts, not to the general pages.
Please let me know what you think.
If you have any questions, comments, or additional information, I would be pleased to hear from you.
I updated the page on 2020 Barclay Street.
Frederick Buscombe’s home at 2020 Barclay Street was a large half-timber and shingle house. The well-known Vancouver architectural firm of Parr and Fee designed the original house in 1905, along with a major addition to the house in 1913. The house became the Ivy House Baby Home in the mid-1920s, and was later a boarding house. It was largely destroyed by a fire in 1949.