There are many sources that describe the history of the West End of Vancouver.
The geology of the area
Forests and streams
The first occupants
Canadian Pacific Railway
Wikipedia article on the West End: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End,_Vancouver
Housing Styles: Architects, Designers and Builders
Luxton, Donald. Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2003.