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]
This site includes:
- General historical background, including information on street layout and street names
- Houses and individual named buildings
- 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.
Navigating this site. You can find information in several ways.
- Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. A few pages are still 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.
I updated the page on 1920 Pendrell Street, which was on the south side of Pendrell Street, west of Gilford Street. It appears that this was an alternative address for 1919 Beach Avenue. (Further information appears on the page for 1919 Beach Avenue.)
I added illustrations and information on later uses of the property.
1919 Beach Avenue [1920 Pendrell Street] and 1929 Beach Avenue, 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63.
1872 Pendrell Street and 1874 Pendrell Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.
I updated the page on 1874 Pendrell Street, which was on the south side of Pendrell Street, east of Gilford Street.
I added illustrations, a list of residents from 1911 to 1920, and information on the later uses of the property.
Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 254.
I updated the page on Henriette Buck. She was a teacher, writer and mezzo-soprano singer who lived at 746 Gilford Street in 1905 and 1906.
I included information on her parents and her later life, including her death in 1911
1900 Haro Street, 1905 [tentative identification]; detail from “Mr. Peter McNaughton’s residence, north side of Barclay, between Gilford and Chilco streets,” Vancouver Province, September 16, 1905, page 24, columns 2-3.
I updated the page on 1900 Haro Street
I added a new image which I have tentatively identified as a photograph of the house about 1905.
I updated the page on 678 Gilford Street, which was part of the property at 1890 Georgia Street.
I added illustrations and information about a series of restaurants that occupied the north portion of the property.
I updated the page on 2060 Beach Avenue.
I added illustrations and newspaper extracts relating to the house and to the later uses of the property.