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2045 Barclay Street - Tudor style house on Barclay Street, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 7150; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1957/7150.jpg.

2045 Barclay Street – Tudor style house on Barclay Street, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 7150; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1957/7150.jpg.

This site is primarily 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

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

Navigating this site. You can find information in several ways.

  1. Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. A few pages are still 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.

Note: if you are interested in Vancouver history, check out Eve Lazarus’s “Top 10 Vancouver History Blogs of 2019,” December 29, 2019; http://evelazarus.com/my-favourite-vancouver-history-blogs-of-2019/.

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William Carey Ditmars (1865-1960)

W.C. Ditmars, detail from studio portrait of Vancouver businessmen who were former residents of St. Catherines, Ont., early 1900s, Vancouver City Archives, LP 71; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-vancouver-businessmen-who-were-former-residents-of-st-catherines-ont.

W.C. Ditmars, detail from studio portrait of Vancouver businessmen who were former residents of St. Catherines, Ont., early 1900s, Vancouver City Archives, LP 71; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-vancouver-businessmen-who-were-former-residents-of-st-catherines-ont.

 

I updated the page on William Carey Ditmars. He was a partner and secretary-treasurer of the general contracting firm of Armstrong, Morrison & Company, Ltd.

He lived at 1835 Barclay Street from 1901 to 1902 and from 1905 to 1910.

I added illustrations and biographical material.

Henry Cecil Akroyd (1873-1940)

Major H C Akroyd - 1914 - Vancouver City Archives - AM54-S4-: Port P378; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/major-h-c-akroyd;rad

Major H C Akroyd – 1914 – Vancouver City Archives – AM54-S4-: Port P378; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/major-h-c-akroyd;rad.

 

I updated the page on Henry Cecil Akroyd. He was a real estate broker and military man who lived at 1919 Beach Avenue from 1910 to 1913.

I added illustrations and information on the death of his wife in Rhodesia in 1965.

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 updated the page on Alfred John Buttimer. He was a cannery manager who lived at 1900 Robson Street in 1905.

He was sometimes called A. J. Buttimer, Fred Buttimer, or Frederick J. Buttimer.

I added illustrations and information on members of his family.