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.

I haven’t yet 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.

This is just a basic WordPress site, but 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. Some of the pages are still just placeholders, but they will include 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. The tags apply to the general occupations of the heads of families. The 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

Charles Cook

I added a new page on Charles Cook.

The Vancouver directories have several listings for Charles Cook, who was a teamster, stableman and chauffeur.

Charles Cook (or perhaps more than one person named Charles Cook) lived at the following addresses:

1913 1878 Alberni Street (rear)
1914 1966 Georgia Street
1916 1894 Alberni Street
1917 to 1918 1894 Alberni Street
1919 1842 Alberni Street (on active service)
1920 1878 Alberni Street (rear) [no given name]
1921 1876 Alberni Street

The Canadian Expeditionary Force does not refer to a Charles Cook (or Charles Cooke)] with the proper addresses or occupations.

John Knox Sutherland (1870-1937)

Nelson, MacPherson, Sutherland Drug Company Ltd., detail from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 2 - 142 - [600 Block West] Hastings Street looking East from Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., about 1902, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/600-block-west-hastings-street-looking-east-from-granville-street-vancouver-b-c.

Nelson, MacPherson, Sutherland Drug Company Ltd., detail from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 2 – 142 – [600 Block West] Hastings Street looking East from Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., about 1902, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/600-block-west-hastings-street-looking-east-from-granville-street-vancouver-b-c.

I updated the page on John Knox Sutherland. He was a pharmacist who lived at 1901 Barclay Street from 1904 to 1937.