2050 Barclay Street

In 1899, Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper built a house at 2050 Barclay Street, which was one of the first houses in the West of Denman area. It was called “Parkside” because it was just east of the boundary of Stanley Park.

Parkside, 2050 Barclay Street, reproduced in Building the West, Donald Luxton, editor, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2003, page 185 (source: Jacqueline Tupper)

Parkside, 2050 Barclay Street, reproduced in Building the West, Donald Luxton, editor, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2003, page 185 (source: Jacqueline Tupper)

There is some uncertainty about who was the architect for Parkside. An article in the Vancouver World in March 1899 said that the architect was Cornelius John Soule. However, the Tupper family credits Samuel Maclure as the architect. Soule and Maclure were partners in a Vancouver architectural firm in the late 1890s.

Vancouver Daily World, March 22, 1899, page 3, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, March 22, 1899, page 3, column 4.

According to an article in the Vancouver World in September 1899, the house cost $10,000.

Vancouver Daily World, September 30, 1899, page 3, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, September 30, 1899, page 3, column 3.

There are two references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched January 13, 2016].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Tupper, Sir Charles Hibbert
Architect: Baynes & Horie
Builder: Sjolander
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 17-20
Date (Y-M-D): 1902-12-11
Street Number: [2050]
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $1,400.00
Remarks: Frame addition [probably for the guest house at the rear of the property – BH]
Reference ID: VN-8312-8313-14

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 12403
Owner: Tuffe, C. H. [Tupper, C.H.]
Architect:
Builder: Cameron, A.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1920-10-05
Street Number: 2050
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $125.00
Remarks: Repairs;
Reference ID: VN-1609-1610-8

 

Parkside, 2050 Barclay Street, (detail) reproduced in Building the West, Donald Luxton, editor, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2003, page 185 (source: Jacqueline Tupper)

Parkside, 2050 Barclay Street, (detail) reproduced in Building the West, Donald Luxton, editor, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2003, page 185 (source: Jacqueline Tupper)

The house was originally only on lot 19 of Block 68 of District Lot 185.

Detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

 

Detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

 

A later enlargement of the house extended it into part of lot 18.

2000 Block Barclay Street - South side - 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

2000 Block Barclay Street – South side – 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

 

2050 Barclay Street, early 1900s, detail from Barclay Street houses, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 7173; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7173.jpg

2050 Barclay Street, early 1900s, detail from Barclay Street houses, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 7173; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7173.jpg

 

 

Rear of 2050 Barclay Street, early 1900s, detail from Nelson Street houses, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 7159; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/72/7159.jpg

Rear of 2050 Barclay Street, early 1900s, detail from Nelson Street houses, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 7159; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/72/7159.jpg

 

In 1921, a fire broke out in the pantry of the house. Sir Charles used a garden hose to control the flames until the fire department arrived to put out the fire.

“Sir Charles Tupper in Fireman’s Role,” Vancouver Province, April 9, 1921, page 1

“Sir Charles Tupper in Fireman’s Role,” Vancouver Province, April 9, 1921, page 1

The Tupper family lived in the house until about 1924, when they moved to 1320 West Fifteenth Avenue in Shaughnessy Heights.

Later 2050 Barclay Street became a boarding house. The house was still there through the late 1940s.

“The former home of Sir Charles Tupper on Barclay Street as it appears today,” “West End Memories,” by Irene Phelan Stephan, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1945, page 9 (Magazine section)

“The former home of Sir Charles Tupper on Barclay Street as it appears today,” “West End Memories,” by Irene Phelan Stephan, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1945, page 9 (Magazine section)

 

“‘Parkside’ Holds Cherished Place In the Heart of Old Vancouver,” Vancouver Province, August 29, 1946, page 6.

“‘Parkside’ Holds Cherished Place In the Heart of Old Vancouver,” Vancouver Province, August 29, 1946, page 6.

By 1953, Parkside was gone.

The Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1953, page 11, columns 4-5.

The Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1953, page 11, columns 4-5.

A three-storey walk-up apartment appeared at 2050 Barclay Street. There was a similar apartment at 2070 Barclay Street.

Vancouver Sun, October 6, 1953, page 27, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, October 6, 1953, page 27, column 6.

By 1992, the 1950s apartment had been demolished, and in its place was the Presidio, with an address of 2088 Barclay Street. Richard Henriquez was the architect.

The Presidio, 2088 Barclay Street; https://www.condoinvancouver.ca/presidio.

The Presidio, 2088 Barclay Street; https://www.condoinvancouver.ca/presidio.

 

Sources

Barclay Street houses; Timms, Philip, Barclay Street houses, Vancouver: Vancouver Public Library, 190-.; http://search.canadiana.ca/view/alouette.Vancouver.Public.Library.VPL.LeonardFrankCollection.7173

Cornelius John Soule, http://souleweb.ca/; http://souleweb.ca/Architecture/cjarch.htm” “Parkside” “Probably a collaboration with Samuel Maclure while they were partners.”

“Sir Charles Tupper in Fireman’s Role,” Vancouver Province, April 9, 1921, page 1

“The former home of Sir Charles Tupper on Barclay Street as it appears today,” “West End Memories,” by Irene Phelan Stephan, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1945, page 9 (Magazine section).

“‘Parkside’ Holds Cherished Place in the Heart of Old Vancouver,” Vancouver Province, August 29, 1946, page 6.

“A thousand acre front yard,” Vancouver Province, May 16, 1974, page 49.

4 thoughts on “2050 Barclay Street

  1. This is “Parkside” the home of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper built in 1899. The architects may have been Samuel Maclure and C.J. Soule who were partners in Vancouver at the time it was designed and tendered in 1898. An article in The World newspaper credits Soule – but the Tupper family asserts that Maclure was their architect.

    • Thanks for this information. Yes, the mystery of the actual designer of “Parkside” continues. I hope to be adding more information on the house quite soon, but I haven’t found anything yet that settles this question. Whoever it was, the house was quite a success, both as a design and as a home for the Tuppers and for its later inhabitants.

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