1932 Alberni Street was on the south side of Alberni Street, just west of Gilford Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 20.
In 1900, Robert Mackay Fripp and Samuel Maclure announced that they were building a house on Alberni Street for Gilbert Finlay. Since the Finlay family members were living at 1932 Alberni Street shortly afterward, it appears that Mr. Fripp and Mr. Maclure were the architects for this house.
In 1900, Gilbert Finlay applied for a sidewalk on Alberni Street.
There is one reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched January 11, 2019].
|Legal Address:||DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:|
|Street Name:||Alberni Street|
Vancouver directory listings for 1932 Alberni Street from 1907 to 1955.
|1903 to 1904||Finlay, Gilbert Hunter|
|1905||Tait, John Spottiswood|
|1906 to 1909||Cronyn, Verschoyle Francis|
|1910 to 1911||Taylor, Edwin David|
|1912 to 1918||Cook, James F.|
|1919 to 1920||Draney, Charles Robert|
|1921||Cowdry, Augustus Nathaniel (son of John Cowdry)|
|1922 to 1923||Wetmore, John Allen|
|1924 to 1925||Marpole, Mrs. Catherine (widow of D. P. Marpole)|
|1926 to 1927||Doidge, Harold Lees|
|1928 to 1929||Vacant|
|1930 to 1934||Griffin, Mrs. Ellen Jane|
|1935 to 1937||Cook, James F.|
|1937 to 1940||Cook, Mrs. Bertha Jane (widow of James F. Cook)|
|1941 to 1946||Hutchinson, Walter|
|1947 to 1948||Ward, Harry|
|1949 to 1955||Galloway, William Matthew|
In its early years, the house was for rent from time to time.
In 1909, the house was for sale.
By the 1920s, the house was a rooming house.
In 1939, the house was for sale.
From the 1940s to the 1960s, the house continued to be a rooming house.
In March 1959, the lots at 1932 Alberni, 1942 Alberni and 1952 Alberni were for sale as sites for multi-storey apartments and commercial developments. The advertisement below referred to a proposed freeway system through the West End. For many reasons, the freeways did not go ahead.
In 1965, the Briarcrest Apartments appeared on lot 20, with a street address of 1932 Alberni Street.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; FRIPP, Robert MacKay (1858-1917); FRIPP & MACLURE (works in Vancouver) ,. . . ALBERNI STREET, near Gilford Street, residence for Gilbert Findley, 1900 (Province [Vancouver], 28 March 1900, 12); http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1577.
Ken MacKenzie, Freeway Planning and Protests in Vancouver, 1954-1972; Master of Arts Thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1984, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/56370103.pdf.
“The Streets Belong to the People”: Expressway Disputes in Canada, c. 1960-75; by Danielle Robinson, B.A., M.A.; Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, McMaster University, 2012; https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/12753/1/fulltext.pdf.