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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

 

1860 Alberni Street

1860 Alberni Street; 1800 block of Alberni Street (south side) and 700 block of Gilford Street (east side); about 1960; Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis, by Alan Morley; Vancouver, Mitchell Press, 1961, facing page 210; original photograph by George Allen Aerial Photos.

 

I updated the page on 1860 Alberni Street, which was on the south side of Alberni Street, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

I added illustrations and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1878 Alberni Street, 1860 Alberni Street and 1850 Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

Simonizing

 

1842 Alberni Street, 1836 Alberni Street and 1836½ Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

I added a new page on the Simonizing facility, which was at the rear of 1842 Alberni Street sometime during the period between 1910 and 1920. It appeared on a fire insurance map, but it was not in the Vancouver directories from 1910 to 1920.

1836 Alberni Street

1836 Alberni Street - 1968 - Vancouver City Archives - detail from [Houses at] 1830-6 Alberni - AM1348 - CVA 1348-20; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/houses-at-1830-6-alberni;rad

1836 Alberni Street – 1968 – Vancouver City Archives – detail from [Houses at] 1830-6 Alberni – AM1348 – CVA 1348-20; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/houses-at-1830-6-alberni;rad.

 

I updated the page on 1836 Alberni Street, which was on the south side of Alberni Street, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

I added illustrations and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1842 Alberni Street, 1836 Alberni Street and 1836½ Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

1836 1/2 Alberni Street

1800 block of Alberni Street (south side) and 700 block of Gilford Street (east side); about 1960; Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis, by Alan Morley; Vancouver, Mitchell Press, 1961, facing page 210; original photograph by George Allen Aerial Photos.

 

I updated the page on 1836 ½ Alberni Street, which was at the rear of a lot on the south side of Alberni Street, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

I added illustrations and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1842 Alberni Street, 1836 Alberni Street and 1836½ Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

Ismay Fell (1879-1926)

Ismay Fell (detail); Vancouver City Archives: Photograph attributed to Grandview Studio; AM54-S4-1-: A-30-68; [1914 or 1915] (Creation) , http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/m-p-c-ismay-fell;rad

Ismay Fell (detail); Vancouver City Archives: Photograph attributed to Grandview Studio; AM54-S4-1-: A-30-68; [1914 or 1915] (Creation) , http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/m-p-c-ismay-fell;rad

I updated the page on Ismay Fell, who was a Vancouver City policeman. He and his family lived at 1836 1/2 Alberni Street from 1918 to about 1927.

I added illustrations and reference information for Mr. Fell and his family members.

1878 Alberni Street

1800 block of Alberni Street (south side) and 700 block of Gilford Street (east side); about 1960; Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis, by Alan Morley; Vancouver, Mitchell Press, 1961, facing page 210; original photograph by George Allen Aerial Photos.

 

I updated the page on 1878 Alberni Street, which was on the south side of Alberni Street, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

There was also a small house at the rear of the lot, which sometimes had an address of 1876 Alberni Street. At other times it appeared as “1878 Alberni Street (rear).”

I added illustrations and information on the later uses of the property.

 

1878 Alberni Street, 1860 Alberni Street and 1850 Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.