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2045 Nelson Street, about 1908; detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, PAN P103; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

2045 Nelson Street, about 1908; detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, PAN P103; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-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, 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.

Detail from an updated version of the map in "Vancouver's Old Streams," Waters: Journal of the Vancouver Aquarium, Volume 3, Number 1, First Quarter, 1978; Lesack, Paul; Proctor, Sharon J., 2011-03-23, "Vancouver's Old Streams, 1880-1920", http://hdl.handle.net/11272/IKHNQ V5 [Version]

Detail from an updated version of the map in “Vancouver’s Old Streams,” Waters: Journal of the Vancouver Aquarium, Volume 3, Number 1, First Quarter, 1978; Lesack, Paul; Proctor, Sharon J., 2011-03-23, “Vancouver’s Old Streams, 1880-1920”, http://hdl.handle.net/11272/IKHNQ V5 [Version]

This site includes:

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

See the About page for more information on the general nature of this site.

Each house, building and family has its own page, with links to other information on this site and elsewhere.

The following sites provide links to selected information about buildings that currently exist in this area. (I am not affiliated with these sites.)

  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

Navigating this site. You can find information in several ways (some of which may work better on a full-sized computer than on a tablet or smartphone).

  1. Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. Some pages are currently just placeholders, but they will include further details when the information is ready.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

 

1940 Beach Avenue

1940 Beach Avenue, detail from View from the Sylvia Court Apartments, May 18, 1913. Reference code AM1376-: 2013-002.1; https://www.vancouverarchives.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-002.1.jpg.

 

I updated the page on 1940 Beach Avenue, which was on the south side of Beach Avenue, near the intersection with Chilco Street.

I added historical references and information on the later uses of the property.

 

Former location of 1940 Beach Avenue, 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

1047 Denman Street

1037 Denman Street, 1047 Denman Street and 1055 Denman Street; detail from “The West End, 1947” [sic]; Figure 1, Residence on the Margin of the Central Business District, by Rosemary Ann Pickard McAfee, M.A. Thesis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, 1967; https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/831/items/1.0093622.

I updated the page on 1047 Denman Street, which was a small house on the west side of Denman Street, north of Comox Street.

I added historical references and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1037 Denman Street, 1047 Denman Street, 1055 Denman Street; detail from detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 54 [Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

1055 Denman Street

1055 Denman Street - Vancouver City Archives - AM1348 - CVA 1348-12 - 1968; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/1055-denman-at-n-w-corner-with-comox

1055 Denman Street – Vancouver City Archives – AM1348 – CVA 1348-12 – 1968; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/1055-denman-at-n-w-corner-with-comox.

 

I updated the page on 1055 Denman Street.

I added historical references and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1037 Denman Street, 1047 Denman Street, 1055 Denman Street; detail from detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 54 [Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

John Sutherland Johnstone (1875-after 1912)

“Wanted” poster for John S. Johnstone who “absconded from Saskatoon, 10th August, 1913” [detail]; Local History, Saskatoon Public Library, ID Number DOC-2010-1; http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/csdata/images/lhr/web/doc/2010/doc-2010-1.jpg.

John S Johnstone, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 803

John S Johnstone, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 803.

 

I updated the page on John Sutherland Johnstone, who lived at 1055 Denman Street in 1911.

I added information on his later life in Saskatchewan, along with information on his family.

1174 Denman Street

1174 Denman Street – detail from City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 258-1 – [English Bay – showing beach and buildings at corner of Davie Street and Denman Street] – 1923; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/description-in-progress-7032;rad

I updated the page on 1174 Denman Street, which was on the east side of Denman Street, south of the lane between Pendrell Street and Davie Street.

I added historical references and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1174 Denman Street, 1178 Denman Street, 1180 Denman Street, 1182 Denman Street, and 1184 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48; [Cardero Street to Comox Street to Denman Street to Beach Avenue/Burnaby Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-64-cardero-street-to-comox-street-to-denman-street-to-beach-avenue-burnaby-street.

846 Denman Street

846 Denman Street and 1787 Haro Street; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

 

I updated the page on 846 Denman Street, which was on the east side of Denman Street, between Robson Street and Haro Street.

I added historical references and information on the later uses of the property.

 

846 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 49 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-49-cardero-street-to-georgia-street-to-denman-street-to-haro-street.