Capistrano Apartments (1924 Comox Street)

 

Capistrano Apartments on Comox Street [1924 Comox]; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 30116; about 1930; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30116.jpg.

Capistrano Apartments on Comox Street [1924 Comox]; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 30116; about 1930; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30116.jpg.

The Capistrano was a Spanish-style two-storey building at 1924 Comox Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 70, Lot 9.

1900 Block Comox Street - Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1900 Block Comox Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

The architect was Enoch Evans (1858-1939), who came to Vancouver from Walsall, Staffordshire, about 1912. He and his son, George Norris Evans, designed many schools, public buildings apartment buildings in Vancouver, including The Capistrano and the Beach Lodge Apartments at 1080 Gilford Street.

The Capistrano Apartments first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1930.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1930, page 1494 (Comox Street)

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1930, page 1494 (Comox Street)

1924 Comox Street, about 1985, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 790-1755; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1924-comox-street.

1924 Comox Street, about 1985, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 790-1755; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1924-comox-street.

By the 1980s, the owners were planning to demolish the building, and the tenants tried to save it. They were unsuccessful, and a new building went up on the site.

 

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Capistrano Apartments

“West End tenants want building saved,” by Miguel Moya, Vancouver Sun, March 12, 1985, page A13:

Some West End tenants are asking Vancouver Centre MP Pat Carney to save their 55-year-old apartment building from demolition.

Tenants of The Capistrano at 1924 Comox had hoped for federal funds to convert the building to a co-op, but the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp turned them down in January.

The building’s owners have a demolition permit but so far have been unsuccessful in finding a buyer to redevelop the site. The tenant say demolition is inevitable unless the building is converted to social housing.

Although The Capistrano is not among Vancouver’s designated heritage buildings, it is on the city’s inventory of buildings with potential heritage value and is listed as having architectural significance.

The two-storey building’s design is a Spanish mission revival style.

The tenants say it should be retained for its heritage value and to provide affordable, family housing, which is becoming increasingly scarce in the West End.

“What we are talking about is a living heritage,” said Lynne Werker, and architect and tenant in the building.

Bob Mack, who has lived in The Capistrano for 14 years, said since 1982 the owners have been renewing their demolition permit and issuing the tenants extensions on eviction notices.

The owners, two dentists, supported the tenants’ application for co-op funds, and Mack said the building would be ideal for a co-op.

“It is very well built and it has been surveyed and found to be in very good shape.”

The tenants had asked CMHC for $1.5 million to buy the building and do renovations that would have included an upgrading of the building and increased the number of suites from 12 to 22 by adding a third floor.

Mack said the tenants are asking the public to write Carney to ask her to intervene and get CMHC to approve co-op funds for the building.

 

Enoch Evans, Architect

Enoch Evans, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/800: “E. Evans & son: Capistrano Apartments, Comox Street at Gilford Street, 1928-29 (C.R., xlii, 5 Dec. 1928, 48). . . Beach Lodge Apartments, Gilford Street at Comox Street, 1930 (inf. Architectural Inst. of British Columbia).”

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSQB-M1V : 29 August 2015), Enoch Evans, Walsall, Staffordshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Walsall subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

1921 Canada Census, Enoch Evans, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 5, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 5; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLV5-QFR : 13 April 2017), Enoch Evans, 1939.

“Enoch Evans, Architect, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1939, page 2, column 2; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dzJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2163%2C2996605.

Enoch Evans, death notice, Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1939, page 13, column 1; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dzJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3537%2C3067105; [link leads to centre of page; death notice is in column 1].

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL54-F29 : 13 April 2017), Matilda Elizabeth Evans, 1933.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZR-MP2 : 21 January 2016), George Norris Evans and Gladys Mary Radcliffe, 08 Jun 1921; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12906, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,869.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTJ-C7J : 13 April 2017), George Norris Evans, 1964.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRF-WMK : 13 April 2017), Frank Enoch Evans, 1947.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD83-3XQ : 21 January 2016), William Evans and Margery Elizabeth Partington, 12 Jun 1928; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,552.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT5-TPV : 13 April 2017), William Evans, 1965.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZY-RMK : 21 January 2016), Robert Hillcoat and Gertrude Evans [indexed as James L Evans], 28 Jul 1919; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11389, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,110.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPD-732 : 13 April 2017), Gertrude Hillcoat, 1948.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ2-JJL : 21 January 2016), Leonard Wilfred Slade and Ada Marie Evans, 17 Jun 1915; citing Vancouver B C, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2V-LRQ : 13 April 2017), Ada Marie Slade, 1937.

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