I updated the page on Street Layout and Street Names. I added a map from the late 1880s, showing the proposed layout of streets in the West End.
I added a “Streetcars” page that briefly describes the streetcar lines that served the West of Denman area.
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.
I updated the page on Vancouver elites, with information on society directories.
I updated the page on Stanley Park.
I am starting to fill in the structure of this site. Eventually I hope to have individual entries on each house (and other buildings, too), and on each of the families who began living in the West of Denman area in 1920 or earlier.
When An Old House Whispers…: James Johnstone’s interesting site on the history of houses and buildings in Vancouver.