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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

Sheldon Dwight Brooks (1878-1946)

S.D. Brooks, detail from The First 25-Year Club, “Pulp, Paper and People: 75 Years of Powell River,” Powell River, 1988, Karen Southern and Peggy Bird, page 79

S.D. Brooks, detail from The First 25-Year Club, “Pulp, Paper and People: 75 Years of Powell River,” Powell River, 1988, Karen Southern and Peggy Bird, page 79

I added a new page on Sheldon (“Sam”) Dwight Brooks. He was an executive in the lumber and pulp mill businesses. He lived at 1100 Gilford Street from 1916 to 1918, and at 1816 Haro Street from 1919 to 1926.

Arthur Brittain Netherby (1881-after 1930)

I added a new page on Arthur Brittain Netherby. He was a banker who lived at 1884 Haro Street in 1919.

Charles Channing Buckland (1873-1936)

I added a new page on Charles Channing Buckland. He was a farmer and former lawyer who lived at 1059 Chilco Street from 1920 to 1923.

Denman Arena

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913. [There is some doubt about the date: the small building in front of the arena does not appear in the Vancouver directories until 1919. As well, the name “Victory Tea Rooms” may refer to the end of the First World War.]

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913. [There is some doubt about the date: the small building in front of the arena does not appear in the Vancouver directories until 1919. As well, the name “Victory Tea Rooms” may refer to the end of the First World War.]

I added a new page on the Denman Arena, which was an indoor ice rink on the northwest corner of Denman Street and Georgia Streets. It could seat over ten thousand people. Besides hockey and public skating, it was also used for curling and other sports, musical performances, and military assemblies.

1801 Georgia Street

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913.

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913.

I added a new page on 1801 Georgia Street. This small building was a confectionery, grocery and tea room at the northwest corner of Denman Street and Georgia Street. It first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1919.

Edgar Vivian Bingham (1877-1974)

I added a new page on Edgar Vivian Bingham, who was a printer. He lived at 1974 Georgia Street in 1910.

Herman R. Browning (possibly 1884-1968)

I added a new page on Herman R. Browning. He was a chauffeur who lived at 1174 Denman Street in 1915 and possibly in 1916.

J.P. Bell [possibly John Potter Bell (1865-1953)]

I added a new page on J.P. Bell. He lived at 2075 Beach Avenue from 1904 to 1908. The Vancouver directory listings do not include his full name or his occupation. J.P. Bell may be John Potter Bell, who was a mill-hand, rancher, and mining prospector.

Benjamin Buckley (1859-1930)

I added a new page on Benjamin Buckley, who was a watchman for the British Columbia Lumber Corporation. He lived at 1844 Georgia Street in 1915.

Harry Leroy Jenkins (1866-1921)

Harry Leroy Jenkins, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1921, page 1

Harry Leroy Jenkins, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1921, page 1

I added a new page on Harry Leroy Jenkins. He was a lumber and timber merchant. He lived at 1846 Nelson Street from 1908 to 1912.

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