1875 Beach Avenue

1875 Beach Avenue; detail from panoramic view of English Bay beach and Sylvia Court Apartments; July 19, 1919, Vancouver City Archives, PAN N77; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/panoramic-view-of-english-bay-beach-sylvia-court-apartments-decorated-in-great-peace-celebration-and-bathhouses-from-english-bay-pier.

1875 Beach Avenue was on the north side of Beach Avenue, east of Gilford Street. It was the site of a series of businesses, including a shoemaker’s business, a confectionery, and a series of grocery stores.

Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 71; west half of Lot 6.

The street numbers for 1873 Beach Avenue and 1875 Beach Avenue were out of order, since these properties were west of the higher-numbered properties at 1881 Beach Avenue and 1883 Beach Avenue.

 

1800 Block Beach Avenue - 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

1800 Block Beach Avenue – 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.

 

1875 Beach Avenue; 1875 Beach Avenue; 1883 Beach Avenue and 1881 Beach Avenue; 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay; Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

 

There is one apparent reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched June 19, 2019]. 1873 Beach Avenue also appears to be part of this building.

District: Vancouver
Permit: 6461
Owner: Straube, V. J.
Architect: Straube, V. J.
Builder: Percey, J. S.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: W 1/2 6
Date (Y-M-D): 1914-04-02
Street Number:
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $1,300.00
Remarks: Office/store
Reference ID: VN-3500-3501-400

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1915 to 1924:

1915 Doyle, Frank
1917 Royal Dairy
1918 Vacant
1919 Gibbon, John Elmslie
1920 to 1922 Kenyon, Thomas
1923 to 1924 Vacant
1925 Miller, Frank H.

 

The Royal Dairy was here in 1916.

Vancouver Daily World, June 24, 1916, page 2, column 1.

 

In 1918, a soda fountain was for sale at this location.

Vancouver Province, April 26, 1918, page 21, column 1.

 

In the early 1920s, Thomas Kenyon’s grocery story operated on this site.

Vancouver Daily World, July 26, 1920, page 17, column 5.

 

In 1924, a confectionery was for sale at this location.

Vancouver Province, March 21, 1924, page 24, column 8.

 

William Arthur Gale’s grocery store was at 1875 Beach Avenue from about 1926 until 1950.

Location of 1873 Beach Avenue and 1875 Beach Avenue; detail from Sylvia Hotel, possibly 1940s, https://sylviahotel.com/history/ (W.A. Gale grocery was at 1875 Beach Avenue from the late 1920s until 1950.)

 

Vancouver Sun, November 22, 1950, page 49, column 4.

 

The lot at 1875 Beach Avenue later became part of the Sylvia Hotel facilities.

 

Former location of 1875 Beach Avenue; Google Streets; searched June 20, 2019; image dated September 2018.

 

William Gale became a manufacturer of art ware and concrete products. In 1970, he and his wife, Dorothy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

Vancouver Province, August 6, 1970, page 34, columns 7-8.

 

William Gale died in Vancouver on February 15, 1980.

Vancouver Sun, February 18, 1980, page 39, column 4.

 

Dorothy Gale died in New Westminster, British Columbia on February 14, 1986.

Vancouver Sun, February 15, 1986, page F5, column 8.

 

Sources

William Arthur Gale

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL19-RVZ : 8 November 2017), William Arthur Gale, 1980; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/48c2c0d2-6eba-42a1-b916-c335bf4b85d3.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLZ-FYD : 8 November 2017), Dorothy Emma Agnes Gale, 1986; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/36c51e49-ffc4-480d-87e9-02323908a715.