Welcome

The Beach, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., postcard, after 1908.

The Beach, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., postcard, after 1908.

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 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

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, with a description of the subject and a link to the page.

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

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

Navigating this site. This is just a basic WordPress site, but you can find information in several ways, some of which may work better on a full-sized computer than on a 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

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Royal Dairy Ice Cream Parlor

Royal Dairy Ice Cream, detail from 1200 block, east side, Denman Street – about 1919 – View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses -detail – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 447-24; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-2.

Royal Dairy Ice Cream, detail from 1200 block, east side, Denman Street – about 1919 – View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses -detail – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 447-24; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-2.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 906 [edited image].

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 906 [edited image].

I added a brief new page on the Royal Dairy Ice Cream Parlor, which was at 1216 Denman Street in 1920. James R. Hendry was the proprietor.

Further information appears on the page for James Robertson Hendry.

James Robertson Hendry (1875-1929)

Royal Dairy Ice Cream, detail from 1200 block, east side, Denman Street – about 1919 – View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses -detail – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 447-24; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-2.

Royal Dairy Ice Cream, detail from 1200 block, east side, Denman Street – about 1919 – View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses -detail – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 447-24; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-2.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 906 [edited image].

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 906 [edited image].

I added a new page on James Robertson Hendry. He was the proprietor of the Royal Dairy Ice Cream Parlor at 1216 Denman Street in 1920.

He later became a commercial traveller for R. N. Johnston and Company, a wholesale tobacco company.

He lived at 1216 Denman Street in 1919 and at 2043 Pendrell Street from 1920 to 1934. His wife, Maud, was at 2043 Pendrell Street from 1935 to 1941.