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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 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:

  1. General historical background, including information on street layout and street names
  2. Houses and individual named buildings
  3. 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:

  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

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.

 

Robert Moen

Ebenezer Duncan McLaren (1850-1935)

Ebenezer D. McLaren, Detail, [Cascade Lodge No. 12] about 1897, Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Cl P9.05; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ebenezer-d-mclaren-cascade-lodge-no-12

Ebenezer D. McLaren, Detail, [Cascade Lodge No. 12] about 1897, Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Cl P9.05; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ebenezer-d-mclaren-cascade-lodge-no-12

I added a new page on Ebenezer Duncan McLaren. He was a minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He lived at 1847 Pendrell Street in 1913.

William Robinson Bonnycastle (1874-1951)

I added a new page on William Robinson Bonnycastle. He was an electrical engineer. He lived at 1950 Haro Street from 1914 to 1922. He lived at 1950 Robson Street from 1942 to 1948.

Francis Ferguson Busteed (1858-1921)

Francis Ferguson Busteed - Vancouver Province - October 3 - 1921 - page 1

Francis Ferguson Busteed – Vancouver Province – October 3 – 1921 – page 1

I added a new page on Francis Ferguson Busteed. He was a civil engineer and railway superintendent. He lived at 901 Chilco Street in 1917 and 1863 Comox Street in 1918.

Alfred John Buttimer (1867-1934)

[Alfred John] Buttimer, detail from Vancouver City Archives, M-3-27.1 - [Fish Commissioner Williams, on chair, and Buttimer seated on step]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/fish-commissioner-williams-on-chair-and-buttimer-seated-on-step.

[Alfred John] Buttimer, detail from Vancouver City Archives, M-3-27.1 – [Fish Commissioner Williams, on chair, and Buttimer seated on step]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/fish-commissioner-williams-on-chair-and-buttimer-seated-on-step.

I added a new page on Alfred John Buttimer, who was a cannery manager. He was probably the F. Buttimer who lived at 1900 Robson Street in 1905. He was sometimes called Fred Buttimer or Frederick J. Buttimer.

1017 Denman Street

Denman Street - between Nelson Street and Comox 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

Denman Street – between Nelson Street and Comox 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

I added a new page on 1017 Denman Street.

William Hobart Billings (1877-1933)

I added a new page on William (“Bill”) Hobart Billings. He was an insurance agent who worked with H. Bell-Irving & Company Ltd. He lived at 1851 Comox Street from 1902 to 1904, at 1860 Nelson Street from 1905 to 1906, and at 1017 Denman Street from 1907 to 1916.

George Gordon Bushby (1867-1932)

George Gordon Bushby, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, 1914, volume 4, page 201, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/199/mode/1up

George Gordon Bushby, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, 1914, volume 4, page 201, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/199/mode/1up

I added a new page on George Gordon Bushby. who was the manager of B.C. Marine Railways Company, and president of the Compressed Gas Company. In 1913, he lived in Englesea Lodge at 2046 Beach Avenue. In 1914, he was at 2047 Pendrell Street.

James F. Bennett (possibly 1880-1964)

I added a new page on James F. Bennett. He was an employee of Gault Brothers, a wholesale dry goods and men’s furnishings company. He lived at 761 Denman Street in 1917 and 1918. He may have moved to California in the 1920s.

John Charles Butler (1860-1935)

I added a new page on John Charles Butler. He was a painter, decorator, and building contractor. He lived at 1040 Denman Street from 1915 to 1919.

George Guy Burton (1857-after 1911)

I added a new page on George Guy Burton. He was a clerk with the Vancouver Gas Company and the proprietor of the Morton Rooms. He lived at 1813 Morton Avenue in 1910 and at 1086 Denman Street in 1911.

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