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, 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

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

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

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

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

George Torrance Cunningham (1889-1965)

Alderman George Cunningham of Cunningham drug chain, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 42557; Date: December 13, 1957; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/520/42557.jpg

Alderman George Cunningham of Cunningham drug chain, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 42557; Date: December 13, 1957; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/520/42557.jpg

I added a new page on George Torrance Cunningham. He was a druggist who lived at 1825 Robson Street in 1913 and 1914. His first store was at the corner of Nelson Street and Denman Street. He later operated a large chain of drug stores in British Columbia and Alberta.

Eustace Haselwood Grubbe (1876-1951)

Eustace Grubbe, detail from [Vancouver Football Club at Brockton Point], (1901-1906), Vancouver City Archives, Sp P87, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-football-club-at-brockton-point

Eustace Grubbe, detail from [Vancouver Football Club at Brockton Point], (1901-1906), Vancouver City Archives, Sp P87, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-football-club-at-brockton-point

I added a new page on Eustace Haselwood Grubbe, who was an accountant, banker, and accomplished athlete. He lived at 1919 Beach Avenue in 1904; at 743 Denman Street from 1908 to 1910; and at number 36, 2046 Beach Avenue in 1915 and 1916.

Carl von Mackensen (1878-1967)

I added a new page on Carl von Mackensen. In the 1913 Vancouver directory, the resident at 778 Gilford Street is “C.V. Mackensen.”

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 107

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 107

Although it is not certain, it appears that this person was Carl von Mackensen, sometimes known as Karl Mackensen von Astfeld.