Englesea Lodge

Englesea Lodge, 1965, detail from View of English Bay beach, looking west toward Stanley Park, showing Englesea Lodge, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 392-143; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nst-5651.

Englesea Lodge, 1965, detail from View of English Bay beach, looking west toward Stanley Park, showing Englesea Lodge, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 392-143; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nst-5651.

Englesea Lodge was a brick apartment building at 2046 Beach Avenue. [The address sometimes appears as 2044 Beach Avenue.]

Englesea Lodge, name at entrance, unknown date; Jan Gates; https://www.flickr.com/photos/manarolanapoletana/2330784708/.

Englesea Lodge, name at entrance, unknown date; Jan Gates; https://www.flickr.com/photos/manarolanapoletana/2330784708/.

There is one reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver’s database of Vancouver Building Permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched March 3, 2018].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Davidson, Annie
Architect: White, W. P.
Builder: Cook, E.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: 24-25
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-09-28
Street Number: 2044
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $115,000.00
Remarks: Brick apartments
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-2640

The name on the building permit was Annie Davidson, who was the wife of Augustus Alexander Davidson. [Further information appears on the page for Augustus Alexander Davidson (1862-1950): https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-d/davidson-augustus-alexander-1862-1950/.]

For many years Englesea Lodge was a respectable West End address, especially for people who were in Vancouver only for a short while, or for people who were waiting for the completion of a new house elsewhere in the city.

When Englesea Lodge was built, there were still several houses and other buildings on the beach side of Beach Avenue. Gradually, however, the Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver officials took steps to acquire the properties on the beach side, allowing the properties to become part of a waterfront park.

Englesea Lodge was the last remaining building on the shoreline. In 1967 the city bought the property for $375,000, and by the late 1970s the city council had voted to demolish the building. After some years of protest and delay, the city was preparing to make its final decision on the building’s fate.

On February 1, 1981, a mysterious fire destroyed the building, allowing the whole shoreline to become a park as the Park Board had desired.

The Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1981, page A3, columns 1-4.

The Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1981, page A3, columns 1-4.

2000 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue; Google Streets; searched March 1, 2019; image dated August 2018.

2000 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue; Google Streets; searched March 1, 2019; image dated August 2018.

 

Sources

The Life and Death of the Englesea Lodge (1911-1981); by Eve Lazarus; http://evelazarus.com/the-life-and-death-of-the-englesea-lodge-1911-1981/

Englesea Lodge – Beach Avenue; Changing Vancouver, https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/englesea-lodge-beach-avenue/.

Englesea Lodge, from the water side, in 1953; Edmonton Journal, February 28, 2014; http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Englesea+Lodge+from+water+side+1953+1911+apartment+block+last+privately+owned+building+south+side+Beach+Avenue+which+Vancouver+park+board+bought+converted+park+over+several+decades/9565461/story.html

The beach at English Bay in 1976, with Englesea Lodge at the western end, by Stanley Park; Vancouver Sun, February 28, 2014; http://www.vancouversun.com/beach+English+1976+with+Englesea+Lodge+western+Stanley+Park/9565463/story.html.

This Week in History: 1967; by John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, February 28, 2014; http://www.vancouversun.com/news/this+week+history+1967/9565460/story.html [history of Englesea Lodge].

Buildings on the beach side of Beach Avenue, by Sue Bigelow, http://www.vancouverarchives.ca/2013/05/10/buildings-on-the-beach-side-of-beach-avenue/ [includes photograph and references to Englesea Lodge].

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada; 1800 to 1950; William P. White (1862 -1932); http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/370: “Englesea Lodge, Beach Avenue, 1911 (Vancouver & Victoria Architecturally, 1911, illus.); Beach Avenue, near Stanley Park, apartment block for A.A. Davidson, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 30 March 1912, 48, illus. & descrip.).”