2045 Barclay Street

2045 Barclay Street - Tudor style house on Barclay Street, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 7150; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1957/7150.jpg.

2045 Barclay Street – Tudor style house on Barclay Street, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 7150; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1957/7150.jpg.

2000 Block Barclay Street - North side - 2000 Block Haro Street - South Side - Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

2000 Block Barclay Street – North side – 2000 Block Haro Street – South Side – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Plate 62 [Chilco Street to Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park boundary to Pendrell Street]; 1972-582.37; detail; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-62-chilco-street-to-burrard-inlet-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-pendrell-street.

Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Plate 62 [Chilco Street to Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park boundary to Pendrell Street]; 1972-582.37; detail; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-62-chilco-street-to-burrard-inlet-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-pendrell-street.

2045 Barclay Street was a house that Samuel Maclure designed for Lewis Griffith McPhillips, who was a prominent lawyer.

The house itself was on lots 19 and 29. At the west end of the block, Lot 18 was apparently vacant until the early 1950s. To the east, lots 21 and 22 were the site of 901 Chilco Street.

There are several references to lots 19 and 20 in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched November 24, 2018].

The first permit relates to the main house.

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: McPhillips, L. G. [Lewis Griffith]
Architect: Maclure, Samuel
Builder: Hepburn, W.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 18, 19 & 20
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-07-26
Street Number: [2045]
Street Name: Chilco Street [Barclay Street]
Value: $7,000.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling
Reference ID: VN-8264-8265-43

 

The second permit is for a garage.

District: Vancouver
Permit: 6750
Owner: McPhillips, L. G.
Architect: Owner
Builder: Coulson, G. C.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 18, 19 & 20
Date (Y-M-D): 1914-06-01
Street Number: 2045
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $700.00
Remarks: Office/Store; One-storey frame garage [DBR] [added legal desc.]
Reference ID: VN-3500-3501-689

 

The third permit appears to be for an addition to the main house.

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-2119
Owner: McPhillips, L. G.
Architect:
Builder: Caulson, G.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 20
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-10-24
Street Number: 2045
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $750.00
Remarks: Dwelling/House; Repairs/Alterations; Frame addition [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-19215275-42

 

The fourth permit seems to be for a separate house with an initial street number of 2043 Barclay Street. (Later directory references have 2035 Barclay Street as the address.)

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-2120
Owner: McPhillips, L. G.
Architect:
Builder: Caulson, G.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 19
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-10-24
Street Number: 2043
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $2,250.00
Remarks: Dwelling/House; New; Alterations [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-19215275-43
2045 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver, B.C. from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon, 1931; Vancouver City Archives; Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon.

2045 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver, B.C. from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon, 1931; Vancouver City Archives; Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon.

Vancouver directory listings for 2045 Barclay Street:

1905 to 1941 McPhillips, Lewis Griffith

The house was vacant in 1942. By 1943 it was a rooming house.

In late 1943, the federal government converted the house into apartments. Tyldesley and Company auctioned the house contents.

Vancouver Sun, December 11, 1943, page 24, column 8.

Vancouver Sun, December 11, 1943, page 24, column 8.

In 1944, the Vancouver directory showed that George Oldfield was living in the house. (The directory did not list individual occupants for the apartments.)

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1944, page 936 [edited image].

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1944, page 936 [edited image].

George Oldfield was a military veteran and civil servant. He later lived in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

The Times (Nanaimo), March 13, 1975, page 20, column 8.

The Times (Nanaimo), March 13, 1975, page 20, column 8.

By 1945, the individual occupants of the apartments did appear in the directory.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1945, page 1308.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1945, page 1308.

The house continued as a rooming house until the 1950s.

Vancouver Sun, September 22, 1950, page 51, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, September 22, 1950, page 51, column 7.

In 1953, a new building called the Willowstan Apartments began construction on lot 18, at the west end of the block. The street address was 990 Lagoon Drive.

Vancouver Sun, February 28, 1953, page 16, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, February 28, 1953, page 16, columns 7-8.

The Willowstan was ready for tenants at the end of 1953.

Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1953, page 25, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1953, page 25, column 3.

Willowstan Park apartments, 990 Lagoon Drive; Google Streets; searched November 24, 2018; image dated June 2017.

Willowstan Park apartments, 990 Lagoon Drive; Google Streets; searched November 24, 2018; image dated June 2017.

In 1954, the houses at 2045 Barclay and 2035 Barclay were still standing. The building at the west end of the block was the Willowstan Park apartments. The building at the east end of the block was the Chatelaine Apartments, which had appeared in 1931.

2000 block Barclay Street, north side, 1954; detail from First Beach; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

2000 block Barclay Street, north side, 1954; detail from First Beach; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

Chatelaine Apartments, late 1930s, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 30123; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30123.jpg.

Chatelaine Apartments, late 1930s, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 30123; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/412/30123.jpg.

Vancouver Sun, February 10, 1932, page 14, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, February 10, 1932, page 14, column 7.

According to the Vancouver City Archives caption for the photograph below, this scene is from 1957. It may be a year or two earlier, because the trees have been cleared away from the middle lots of the 2000 block of Barclay Street, but there has been no new construction on the lots. The house at 2045 Barclay is gone, but 2035 Barclay still seems to be standing.

2000 block Barclay Street, north side, detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street (1957); Vancouver City Archives, Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street

2000 block Barclay Street, north side, detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street (1957); Vancouver City Archives, Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street

By October 1956, a new rental apartment building was at 2045 Barclay Street. (The name of the building is currently “Bella Vista”; in earlier years it was sometimes spelled “Bela Vista” with one “l.”)

Vancouver Sun, October 13, 1956, page 38, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, October 13, 1956, page 38, column 3.

2045 Barclay Street; Google Streets; searched November 24, 2018; image dated May 2015.

2045 Barclay Street; Google Streets; searched November 24, 2018; image dated May 2015.

 

2035 Barclay Street

Ben Sparham Realty sold 2035 Barclay Street in 1958.

Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1958, page 45, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1958, page 45, column 2.

The demolition of the house at 2035 Barclay Street was in September 1958.

Vancouver Sun, September 29, 1958, page 34, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 29, 1958, page 34, column 2.

The replacement building was “Barclay Towers.”

2035 Barclay Street, sales brochure; Re/Max Bill Goold Realty; http://media.inspiredrealty.ca/3767/pdf/2035+Barclay+Street%2C+Vancouver.pdf

2035 Barclay Street, sales brochure; Re/Max Bill Goold Realty; http://media.inspiredrealty.ca/3767/pdf/2035+Barclay+Street%2C+Vancouver.pdf

Construction began in 1958. When the building appeared on the market in 1959, the apartments were initially for sale, but it quickly became a rental building.

Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1959, page 39, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1959, page 39, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, September 2, 1959, page 42, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, September 2, 1959, page 42, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, September 2, 1959, page 42, column 6.

 

Sources

2045 Barclay Street

Samuel Maclure, Architect, by Janet Bingham; Ganges, B.C. Horsdal and Schubart Publishers Ltd., 1985, page 138.

Portions of 2045 Barclay Street appear in the following photographs from the Vancouver Public Library:

Large houses; VPL Accession Number: 7167; Date: 190-; (left centre) http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7167.jpg.

Nelson Street houses; VPL Accession Number: 7130; Date: 190-; (right centre, at rear) http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/72/7130.jpg.

 

Willowstan Park apartments

Preliminary plan: entrance court for Willowstan Park Apartments, Lagoon Drive, July 24 1953; Vancouver City Archives; #53-29; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/53-29-preliminary-plan-entrance-court-for-willowstan-park-apartments-lagoon-drive.

 

Barclay Towers

2035 Barclay Street, sales brochure; Re/Max Bill Goold Realty; http://media.inspiredrealty.ca/3767/pdf/2035+Barclay+Street%2C+Vancouver.pdf: “Legal Description Lot C (see 275441L) of Lots 20 and 21; Block 67 District Lot 185 Plan 92; PID 015-739-686.”

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