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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

 

1925 Nelson Street

Vancouver Daily World, October 12, 1921, page 8, columns 2-4.

 

I added a new page on 1925 Nelson Street, which was on the north side of Nelson Street, west of Gilford Street.

I included information on the architect, the builder, and the later uses of the property.

1925 Nelson Street - District Lot 185 - Block 68 - Lot 32 - detail from City of Vancouver Archives - fire insurance plan - plate 125 - October 1928

1925 Nelson Street; District Lot 185; Block 68; Lot 32; detail from City of Vancouver Archives, fire insurance plan, plate 125, October 1928 [courtesy of Heritage Vancouver Society].

 

Thanks to Patrick at Heritage Vancouver Society for information on this property.

Mrs. Simon John Tunstall (Marianne Lawson Innes) (1862-1935)

Mrs Simon J Tunstall - Vancouver City Archives, Port P591-2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mrs-simon-j-tunstall

Mrs Simon J Tunstall – Vancouver City Archives, Port P591-2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mrs-simon-j-tunstall

 

I updated the page on Mrs. Simon John Tunstall, (Marianne Lawson Innes) (1862-1935), who lived at 2037 Pendrell Street in 1913.

I added information on her family and on the sale of a building that housed the Bute Street Hospital.

 

Bute Street Hospital and Hemrich-Bros Garage with Texaco sign - 1960 - Vancouver Public Library - VPL Accession Number 13447; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1251/13447.jpg

Bute Street Hospital and Hemrich-Bros Garage with Texaco sign – 1960 – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 13447; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1251/13447.jpg

1069 Denman Street

1069 Denman Street - detail from City of Vancouver Archives - CVA 1348-14 - 1069 Denman - date 1968: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1069-denman;rad

1069 Denman Street – detail from City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 1348-14 – 1069 Denman – date 1968: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1069-denman;rad

 

I updated the page on 1069 Denman Street, which was on the west side of Denman Street, south of Comox Street.

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

 

1069 Denman Street and 1075 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver Vol. 1; 1913-1920; Chas. E. Goad Company; Plate 63; Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay; Vancouver City Archives; 1972-582.38; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

1876 Beach Avenue

1882 Beach Avenue, 1878 Beach Avenue, 1872 Beach Avenue and 1868 Beach Avenue; about 1900; detail from English Bay beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P5.2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-3.

1882 Beach Avenue, 1876 Beach Avenue, 1872 Beach Avenue and 1868 Beach Avenue; about 1900; detail from English Bay beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P5.2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-3.

 

I updated the page on 1876 Beach Avenue, which was on the south side of Beach Avenue, east of Gilford Street.

I added illustrations and historical references. The lot became part of the beach-front park at English Bay.

 

2042 Beach Avenue

2000 Block of Beach Avenue, south side; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.

2000 Block of Beach Avenue, south side; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.

 

I updated the page on 2042 Beach Avenue, which was on the south side of Beach Avenue, between Chilco Street and Stanley Park.

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

 

2062 Beach Avenue, 2060 Beach Avenue, 2058 Beach Avenue, 2056 Beach Avenue, 2052 Beach Avenue, and 2042 Beach Avenue; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Plate 63; Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay]; Vancouver City Archives, 1972-582.38; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

2062 Beach Avenue, 2060 Beach Avenue, 2058 Beach Avenue, 2056 Beach Avenue, 2052 Beach Avenue, and 2042 Beach Avenue; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Plate 63; Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay]; Vancouver City Archives, 1972-582.38; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.