Streetcars

B.C. Electric Railway Co. car number 35 “Robson” at the English Bay Beach stop on Denman St.; between 1900 and 1902; Vancouver City Archives, LP 35; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-c-electric-railway-co-car-35-robson-at-english-bay-beach-stop-on-denman-st.

I added a “Streetcars” page that briefly describes the streetcar lines that served the West of Denman area.

West End streetcar lines. Base map: Detail from Thomson Stationery Co. Limited, Plan of the City of Vancouver, Hermon & Burwell, January 1, 1902; Plan of the City of Vancouver, 2015-055.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plan-of-city-of-vancouver.

1898 Robson Street

1898 Robson Street - west side - early 1970s - also called 710 Gilford Street - courtesy of Ted Thomas

1898 Robson Street – west side – early 1970s – also called 710 Gilford Street – courtesy of Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas sent me a photograph of 1898 Robson Street from the early 1970s. The street address was 710 Gilford Street by the time Ted was living in the house from 1972 to 1975.

The rent for his one bedroom apartment was $115.00 per month. His front window looked out onto Robson Street, but the view was partially obscured by the monkey puzzle tree, which was as tall as the house. The ceilings in the house seemed incredibly high.

The garages for the property were originally stables. Someone had nailed an old horseshoe above the garage door.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, an elderly British couple, were the managers of the apartments in the house. They were the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. And there was a Manx house cat, which Ted called “Tom.”

Thanks, Ted, for the photograph and for the details of what it was like to live in the house in the 1970s.