Frederick Buscombe’s home at 2020 Barclay Street was a large half-timber and shingle house. The well-known Vancouver architectural firm of Parr and Fee designed the original house in 1905, along with a major addition to the house in 1913.
The property consisted of lots 14, 15 and 16 in District Lot 185, Block 68. The house itself was in the middle of lots 15 and 16.
This is the information on the original house permit:
Owner: Fred Buscombe, Mayor of Vancouver;
Architect: Parr & Fee;
Builder: Schindler, Mr. J. ;
Frame dwelling; residence;
DL 185; Block 68; Lot 14, 15 & 16;
 Barclay Street & Chilco Street;
There is another reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched November 7, 2014], which is the permit for a frame stable on the property:
|Architect:||Coffin & McLennan|
|Legal Address:||DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:|
|Street Name:||Barclay Street|
Children in yard of 2050 Barclay Street with 2020 Barclay Street in background; http://bookmongre.wordpress.com/tag/edwin-j-galloway/
The GRF Antiquarian site [http://bookmongre.wordpress.com/tag/edwin-j-galloway/] wonders if the children in the photograph above are at 2050 Barclay Street, which was just to the west of 2020 Barclay Street. It appears that the children are in the yard of 2050 Barclay, and that the house behind the fence in the background is 2020 Barclay Street.
Frederick Buscombe had moved into the house by 1906. The directory listings were sporadic at first. The 1906 and 1907 street directories said that the address was 2010 Barclay; the 1906 and 1907 listings for Frederick Buscombe said it was 2004 Barclay. After a few years, the listings settled on 2020 Barclay Street.
In 1913, Mr. Buscombe hired the original architects to design an addition to the house. This picture appeared in the Vancouver Province on August 30, 1913.
The Buscombes continued to live in the house until the early 1920s. At some point before 1920, Mr. Buscombe had conveyed the house and other real property to Mrs. Buscombe. Mrs. Buscombe then sued for a declaration that the property was hers alone. Mr. Buscombe claimed that the property was vested in Mrs. Buscombe in trust for the whole family. Justice William Henry Pope Clement agreed with Mrs. Buscombe.
By December 1921, the Buscombes had moved out of the house. By 1923 they were living at Fairacres in Burnaby, British Columbia, which was the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tracey Ceperley.
Mr. and Mrs. Alex C. McDougall occupied the 2020 Barclay Street house for about a year. In 1923, the house was vacant for a time.
In 1924, Mrs. Evelyn Elizabeth Jones (1867-1934) moved into 2020 Barclay Street. Mrs. Jones was the widow of Edwin Arthur (or Ralph) Jones. She later moved around the corner to live with her son-in law, Isador Claman, at apartment 10 in the Chatelaine Apartments at 905 Chilco Street.
In 1925, the house at 2020 Barclay Street was again vacant.
In 1926, the house was the home of Ivy Lodge Baby Home.
Ernest and Florence Kirkpatrick were proprietors of the baby home, which looked after deserted, abandoned, sick and otherwise needy babies. In 1928, ten influential people came together to take over the liabilities of the home and to establish it as a public institution that would solicit donations from charitable members of the public. In 1932, the Ivy Lodge moved to 1250 West Broadway.
Miss Jean Mollison, the proprietor of the Glencoe Lodge at the corner of Burrard Street and Georgia Street, was looking for a new place to set up her high-class lodgings. In 1931, the Glencoe Lodge had become the Hotel Belfred. The economy was bad, so the hotel closed in 1932, and the building was torn down. The Glencoe Lodge service station appeared on the site shortly afterward. Miss Mollison set up the New Glencoe Lodge at 2020 Barclay Street.
By 1935, Miss Mollison was operating the Glencoe Lodge Coffee Shop at 1213 Granville Street. The house at 2020 Barclay Street was now a rooming house called The Chateau; Mrs. May Fayolle was the proprietor.
In 1936, Mrs. E. Hilda Boyd took over as the proprietor of 2020 Barclay Street and called it York House. Her husband, James, was also living in the house.
The Boyds stayed at 2020 Barclay Street throughout the 1940s. On Sunday, November 20, 1949, a fire started on the second floor of the house. It spread quickly and destroyed much of the house. Sixteen people were left homeless.
By 1954, all signs of the old houses on the south side of the 2000 block of Barclay Street were gone, replaced by three-storey and four-storey apartment buildings.
John Edmeston Parr, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1380; “BARCLAY STREET, at Chilco Street, for Frederick Buscombe, 1905; major addition, 1913 (C.R., xvi, 22 March 1905, 6; Province [Vancouver], 30 Aug. 1913, 3, illus.).”
2020 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver Public Library, Barclay Street houses, VPL Accession Number: 7173.
2020 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver Public Library, Chilco Street near Barclay, VPL Accession Number: 7174
2020 Barclay Street, rear, detail from Vancouver City Archives, PAN P103 – [View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street], 1908, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street
2020 Barclay Street, rear, detail from Vancouver Public Library, Nelson Street houses, VPL Accession Number: 7159.
“Builds Larger House,” Vancouver Province, August 30, 1913, page 3. [Includes reproduction of architect’s drawing of house.]
“Judgment Rendered After Year’s Wait: Mr. Justice Clement Gives Written Decision in Buscombe vs. Buscombe,” Vancouver Sun, September 18, 1920, page 16.
“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/269W-JXH : accessed 07 Nov 2014), Evelyn Elizabeth Warwick, 1898; from Marriage, Stokesley, Yorkshire, England, , “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” findmypast.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGF-5VW : accessed 07 Nov 2014), Evelyn Elizabeth Jones, 21 May 1934; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13150, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952856.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD83-3HF : accessed 08 Nov 2014), James Boyd and Emily Hilda Middleton, 27 Sep 1928; citing South Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074552.
“At the Annex,” Vancouver Sun, December 16, 1921, page 6: “Mr. and Mrs. L. McDongall and family of Calgary have arrived in town and are guests at the Hotel Vancouver Annex, prior to taking the residence of Mrs. Fred Buscombge, Barclay Street, for the next year.”
“Ivy Lodge to be Financed: Ten Citizens Will Direct Re-establishment,”Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1928, page 4.
“Ivy Lodge Baby Home is Doing Notable Work Under Difficulties,” Vancouver Sun, December 10, 1928, page 17. [Includes photograph of 2020 Barclay Street.]
“Fond Memories Arise From Dust of Old Glencoe Lodge,” Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1932, page 24 [Includes photograph of Glencoe Lodge (later Hotel Belfred), and description of New Glencoe Lodge at 2020 Barclay Street.]
“West End Boarding House Fires [sic] Leaves 16 Homeless.” Vancouver Sun, November 21, 1949, page 34. [Includes photograph of house in flames.]
2000 block of Barclay Street, 1954, Detail from First Beach, Vintage Air Photos, BO-54-211, http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.