Simpson’s Boat House

Simpson’s Boat House, about 1898, detail from English Bay beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-2.

Simpson’s Boat House, about 1898, detail from English Bay beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-2.

Simpson’s Boat House, about 1900; detail from English Bay Beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P9; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-5.

Simpson’s Boat House, about 1900; detail from English Bay Beach, Vancouver City Archives, Be P9; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-beach-5.

Simpson’s Boat House was a boat rental business on the shore of English Bay.

Over the years it had several street addresses: 1820 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1906; 1811 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1907; and 1936 Beach Avenue in 1908.

Simpson’s Boat House, detail from Insurance plan of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, July 1897, revised June 1901, sheet 45, http://data2.archives.ca/e/e427/e010674747-v8.jpg.

Simpson’s Boat House, detail from Insurance plan of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, July 1897, revised June 1901, sheet 45, http://data2.archives.ca/e/e427/e010674747-v8.jpg.

The operators of the business were the Simpson brothers, who lived in the 1800 block of Beach Avenue from about 1890. (Further information appears on the page for Zachariah Simpson:  https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-n-z/biographies-s/simpson-zachariah-1849-1910/.)

Heritage Vancouver’s database of Vancouver building permits has the following entry for the boat house. (The permit is for a later addition, not for the original construction of the boat house.)

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Simpson, Z.
Architect:
Builder: Simpson, Z.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: 40
Date (Y-M-D): 1901-04-30
Street Number:
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $75.00
Remarks: Addition to boathouse
Reference ID: VN-8300-8301-17
District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Simpson, Z.
Architect: Simpson, Z.
Builder: Simpson, Z.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: 27
Date (Y-M-D): 1903-11-25
Street Number:
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $200.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling repairs
Reference ID: VN-8304-8305-46

Vancouver Building Permits, Heritage Vancouver; http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched April 7, 2018].

The City of Vancouver later expropriated this property as part of a land assembly for the park at English Bay.