Morton Lodge

Morton Lodge - Detail From Red and White truck - Detail from City of Vancouver Archives CVA 99-4562; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/red-and-white-truck-being-loaded-in-front-of-red-and-white-store-on-morton-street;rad

Morton Lodge – Detail From Red and White truck – Detail from City of Vancouver Archives CVA 99-4562; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/red-and-white-truck-being-loaded-in-front-of-red-and-white-store-on-morton-street;rad.

 

Morton Lodge - Detail From English Bay Beach, City of Vancouver Archives - AM1535 - CVA 99-214 - date 1917; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-14;rad

Morton Lodge – Detail From English Bay Beach, City of Vancouver Archives – AM1535 – CVA 99-214 – date 1917; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-14;rad.

 

Morton Lodge was on the north side of Morton Avenue, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

 

Morton Lodge - Detail from [View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses from the pier], Vancouver City Archives - AM1504 - CVA 1504-2 [about 1920]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-from-pier;rad

Morton Lodge – Detail from [View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses from the pier], Vancouver City Archives – AM1504 – CVA 1504-2 [about 1920]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-from-pier;rad

The building seems to have appeared in 1909, although it was not in the Vancouver directories until 1910.

 

Vancouver Province, August 16, 1909, page 16, column 5.

 

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 61; Lot 2.

 

1800 Block Beach Avenue - 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

1800 Block Beach Avenue – 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 Morton” 1895 [sic] Morton Avenue; 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay; Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

There are three references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched August 5, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 12663
Owner: Morton Estate
Architect:
Builder: Jones, J. C.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1920-11-22
Street Number: 1813
Street Name: Morton Avenue
Value: $320.00
Remarks: Repairs; [added block]
Reference ID: VN-1625-1626-15

 

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-4797
Owner: Morton Estate
Architect:
Builder: Haughton, W.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1922-11-09
Street Number: 1813
Street Name: Morton Avenue [Morton Street]
Value: $150.00
Remarks: Miscellaneous; Repairs/Alterations;
Reference ID: VN-19225341-8

 

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-6190
Owner: Yorkshire & Canadian Trust, Ltd.
Architect:
Builder: Scatter, J.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1923-07-14
Street Number: 1813
Street Name: Morton Avenue
Value: $100.00
Remarks: Miscellaneous; Repairs/Alterations; Apartments
Reference ID: VN-19235373-29

 

Over the years, the building went by several names, including “The Morton,” “Morton Block,” “Morton Rooms,” “Morton Apartments,” and “Morton Lodge.”

 

Other Businesses in the Building

The main function of Morton Lodge was to provide rental apartments, but a series of other businesses occupied the ground floor from time to time.

In 1909, the city license commissioners received an application for a café liquor license for the ground floor premises of the Morton Block.

 

Vancouver Province, August 11, 1909, page 17, column 2.

 

The license commissioners refused the application.

 

Vancouver Daily World, September 21, 1909, page 8, column 7.

 

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 814 [edited image].

Vancouver Province, September 23, 1921, page 20, column 6.

 

Vancouver Daily World, March 27, 1923, page 15.

 

Vancouver Province, May 9, 1942, page 27, column 2.

 

Apartment Rentals

Morton Lodge was a rental apartment house until the mid-1950s.

 

Vancouver Daily World, June 1, 1910, page 28, column 5.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 28, 1920, page 10, column 6.

 

Vancouver Province, October 20, 1930, page 14, column 7.

 

Vancouver Province, June 12, 1940, page 24, column 3.

 

In 1941, the property was for sale, including the two houses at 1816 Pendrell Street and 1822 Pendrell Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1941, page 20, column 6.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1952, page 37, column 7.

 

Morton Lodge, with 1822 Pendrell Street and 1816 Pendrell Street at rear; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

 

Vancouver Province, March 27, 1956, page 38, column 1.

 

 

Morton Lodge, with 1822 Pendrell Street and 1816 Pendrell Street at right; 1957, detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street, Vancouver City Archives, Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

 

In the 1950s, developers built a tall apartment building on the site. It is called “Ocean Towers” and it has an address of 1835 Morton Avenue.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 29, 1957, page 8, columns 3-6.

 

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg.

 

Exterior photograph of Ocean Towers, 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 49487; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/889/49487.jpg.

 

A legal dispute over the sale of shares in Ocean Towers ended in the Supreme Court of Canada in 1968.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 6, 1967, page 25, columns 1-2.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 30, 1968, page 14, columns 7-8.

 

 

Sources

Ocean Towers

Much of the commercial and legal history of Ocean Towers appears in the reports of this court case: Burrows v. Becker, [1969] Supreme Court Reports 162, 1968 CanLII 57, 70 Dominion Law Reports (second series) 433 (Supreme Court of Canada); https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/1968/1968canlii57/1968canlii57.html; affirming Burrows v. Becker, 1967 CanLII 565, Dominion Law Reports (second series) 100;  (British Columbia Court of Appeal); https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcca/doc/1967/1967canlii565/1967canlii565.html.

 

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  3. My maternal grandparents were the caretakers here probably from 1936 until the early 1940’s. My parents were living here with them when i was born in 1940. I have some old grainy photos of my grandparents sitting on the beach with Morton Lodge in the backgound.

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