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

Capistrano Apartments (1924 Comox Street)

Capistrano Apartments on Comox Street [1924 Comox]; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 30116; about 1930; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30116.jpg.

Capistrano Apartments on Comox Street [1924 Comox]; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 30116; about 1930; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30116.jpg.

I added a new page on the Capistrano Apartments, which were at 1924 Comox Street.

The Capistrano was a Spanish-style two-storey building that appeared about 1930. The architect was Enoch Evans (1858-1939).

By the 1980s the owners of the building were planning to demolish it, but they were unsuccessful. A new building of condominium apartments went up on the site.

Henry McDowell (1862-1917)

Harry McDowell, Vancouver Province, July 14, 1958, page 11.

Harry McDowell, Vancouver Province, July 14, 1958, page 11.

I updated the pages on Henry McDowell and his wife, Elizabeth Adelia (“Dell”) McDowell.

Henry McDowell was a pharmacist and proprietor of a coal company. He lived at 1900 Barclay Street from 1903 to 1917.

Elizabeth Adelia (“Dell”) McDowell was at 1900 Barclay Street in 1917 and 1918.

1924 Barclay Street (Windsor Apartments)

Windsor Apartments, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 28345; Date: Date unknown; Photographer / Studio: Dominion Photo Co.; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1780/28345.jpg.

Windsor Apartments, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 28345; Date: Date unknown; Photographer / Studio: Dominion Photo Co.; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1780/28345.jpg.

I added a new page on Windsor Apartments at 1924 Barclay Street.

1924 Barclay Street was a vacant lot until about 1926. The Windsor Apartments first appeared in the 1927 Vancouver directory.

1924 Barclay Street, Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1927, page 416.

1924 Barclay Street, Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1927, page 416.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 68, Lot 9.

The current building at 1924 Barclay Street is also called Windsor Apartments.