1818 Barclay Street

1818 Barclay Street [tentative identification]; detail from postcard: A Residential Street, View in the West End, Vancouver, B.C.; https://www.flickr.com/photos/45379817@N08/8003767675/in/album-72157625226575294/.

1818 Barclay Street was on the south side of Barclay Street, just west of Denman Street.

 

1818 Barclay Street; June 1939; detail from View looking Southwest in 900 block Denman from Barclay; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 25038; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/237/25038.jpg.

1818 Barclay Street; June 1939; detail from View looking Southwest in 900 block Denman from Barclay; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 25038; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/237/25038.jpg.

 

1818 Barclay Street; detail from First Beach, BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1818 Barclay Street; detail from First Beach, BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 68, Lot 2.

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.

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

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.

 

1818 Barclay Street; 1913, detail from Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street; 1972-582.29 – Plate 54; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.29; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

1818 Barclay Street; 1913, detail from Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street; 1972-582.29 – Plate 54; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.29; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-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 February 1, 2019].

 

Municipality: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Harvey, R. V.
Architect: Honeyman & Curtis
Builder: Baynes & Horie
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 1 & 2
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-12-09
Street Number:
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $400.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling addition
Reference ID: VN-8222-8223-32

The listed owner is “R.V. Harvey,” who was probably Robert Valentine Harvey. He was born in Liverpool, England on August 29, 1872. He arrived in Vancouver about 1899, and was a school instructor and later headmaster at Queen’s School in Vancouver. In 1908, he became Warden at University School of Victoria. In September 1914, he enlisted as a Captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans in the Second Battle of Ypres, and he died in a prison hospital on May 8, 1915.

Vancouver directory listings for 1818 Barclay Street from 1897 to 1920:

1897 to 1900 Robson, Charles William [listed as “Denman and Barclay”]
1901 Robson, Charles William [listed as “Robinson, C.W.,” at 1841 Barclay]
1902 Robson, Charles William
1903 to 1904 Harrison, David Howard
1905 Kent, Herbert William
1906 to 1911 Harrison, Katherine Stevenson
1912 to 1916 Harrison, George Stevenson
1917 to 1920 Harrison, Katherine Stevenson

In the 1920s the house was a private residence and a rooming house.

Vancouver Province, January 31, 1926, page 29, column 1.

Vancouver Province, January 31, 1926, page 29, column 1.

Edmonton Journal, June 25, 1927, page 22, column 5.

Edmonton Journal, June 25, 1927, page 22, column 5.

 

The house was for sale in 1941.

 

Vancouver Province, August 5, 1941, page 17, column 5 [edited image].

Vancouver Province, August 5, 1941, page 17, column 5 [edited image].

It was for sale again in 1944.

 

Vancouver Province, February 10, 1944, page 19, column 1.

Vancouver Province, February 10, 1944, page 19, column 1.

 

The house continued to offer rental accommodation in the 1940s and early 1950s.

 

Vancouver Province, June 16, 1945, page 22, column 4.

Vancouver Province, June 16, 1945, page 22, column 4.

 

Vancouver Province, August 4, 1951, page 35, column 5.

Vancouver Province, August 4, 1951, page 35, column 5.

 

In January 1956, the contents of the house were for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 28, 1956, page 49, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, January 28, 1956, page 49, column 2.

 

In February 1956, a house-wrecking company demolished the house.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1956, page 38, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1956, page 38, column 7.

 

In 1956 a new building was under construction on the site.

1818 Barclay Street; 1957; detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; Vancouver City Archives, Item : Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

1818 Barclay Street; 1957; detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; Vancouver City Archives, Item : Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

 

Rental suites in the building became available on December 1, 1956.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 27, 1956, page 40, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, October 27, 1956, page 40, column 3.

 

In late 1956, a corporation called Datchet Court Limited took over the ownership of the building. In 1963, Datchet Court was the subject of a shareholder dispute.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 26, 1963, page 21, columns 3-6.

Vancouver Sun, October 26, 1963, page 21, columns 3-6.

 

In April 1985, a fire and explosion destroyed the building.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 6, 1985, page 1, columns 1-2 [first portion of article].

Vancouver Sun, April 6, 1985, page 1, columns 1-2 [first portion of article].

Vancouver Province, April 7, 1985, page 3, columns 1-3.

Vancouver Province, April 7, 1985, page 3, columns 1-3.

 

In October 1985, a firm of architects applied to construct a 27-unit apartment building on the site.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 26, 1985, page G13, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, October 26, 1985, page G13, column 5.

 

The building was called “Linscott Court,” and the original marketing was for condominium units.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 4, 1986, page F3, pages 8-10.

Vancouver Sun, October 4, 1986, page F3, pages 8-10.

 

The building later became a rental building.

 

Linscott Court, 1826 Barclay Street, Vancouver; http://www.dorsetrealty.com/properties/view/175.

Linscott Court, 1826 Barclay Street, Vancouver; http://www.dorsetrealty.com/properties/view/175.

 

Sources:

Saint Michael’s University School; Saint Michael’s University School, School Ties, page 17http://www.smus.ca/sites/default/files/assets/publications/pdfs/smus_sch_ties_spring03.pdf

1901 Census of Canada, District: BC Burrard (#1); Subdistrict: Vancouver (City/Cité) D-4, page 7, line 5.

1911 Census of Canada, District: BC Nanaimo (#10); Subdistrict: 8, Saanich Ward I, page 12, line 35.

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