1881 Beach Avenue


1881 Beach Avenue (tentative identification); 1909; detail from The Pier, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.; postcard; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/langmann/items/1.0371414#p0z2r0f:pier.



1881 Beach Avenue [tentative identification]; detail from English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., 1917; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 99-5105; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-vancouver-b-c-15.


1881 Beach Avenue [tentative identification]; detail from Panoramic view of English Bay beach, Sylvia Court Apartments and bathhouses from the English Bay Pier, July 19, 1919; Vancouver City Archives, PAN N77; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/panoramic-view-of-english-bay-beach-sylvia-court-apartments-decorated-in-great-peace-celebration-and-bathhouses-from-english-bay-pier.


1881 Beach Avenue was a one-storey house on the north side of Beach Avenue, east of Gilford Street. (Parts of the house numbering in this block of Beach Avenue were out of order, especially 1873 Beach Avenue and 1875 Beach Avenue, which were to the west of 1881 Beach Avenue and 1883 Beach Avenue.)

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 71; Lot 5.


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.



1800 Block of Beach Avenue, (portion of north side), 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.


Vancouver directory listings from 1903 to 1920.


1903 to 1912 McKie, John
1913 to 1915 Rutherford, Alfred Edward
1916 to 1920 Kendall, George Albert


For much of its life, the house was a private residence or a rooming house.


Vancouver Province, May 31, 1904, page 10, column 6.


In March 1912, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.


Vancouver Province, March 30, 1912, page 2, column 4.



Vancouver Province, July 11, 1912, page 24, column 4.


In 1925, a palm reader was conducting business in the house.


Vancouver Sun, May 28, 1925, page 14, column 8.


The house continued as a private residence through the 1930s. It also offered rental accommodation from time to time.


Vancouver Sun, April 14, 1938, page 18, column 1.



Vancouver Province, May 28, 1938, page 33, column 3.


In 1940, the house was vacant.

In 1945, Ross Lort was the architect for a new apartment building on the site. The address of the new building was 1861 Beach Avenue.


Vancouver Province, May 11, 1945, page 6, column 1.


The building was called “The Promenade.”


Vancouver Sun, November 10, 1950, page 47, column 8.



1861 Beach Avenue, detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.


By the late 1950s, the building was called the Surf Apartment Hotel.


Vancouver Sun, October 17, 1957, page 39, column 4.



The Surf Apartment Hotel, April 1959; detail from Ocean Towers apartments under construction, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 40480; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg.



The Surf Apartment Hotel, early 1960s, detail from Ocean Towers and The Surf Apartment Hotel on Morton Street and Beach Avenue; Vancouver City Archives, Item 2009-001.119; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/not-yet-described-343.



The Surf Apartment Hotel, early 1960s, detail from Beach Avenue at Morton Street with Sylvia Hotel, Ocean Towers, Englesea Lodge and cars, Vancouver City Archives, Item 2009-001.106; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/not-yet-described-330.



1883 Beach Avenue and 1861 Beach Avenue, 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.



Calgary Herald, May 17, 1963, page 73, columns 4-5.



In 1984, the owners of the Sylvia Hotel applied for a permit to build a 17-storey residential complex on the site.


Vancouver Province, August 19, 1984, page 109, columns 7-8.



Vancouver Sun, February 8, 1986, page E10, columns 3-4.



1861 Beach Avenue, Google Streets; searched April 2, 2019; image dated September 2018.


1800 Block Beach Avenue (north side); source: Vanmapp, City of Vancouver; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net/default.aspx. [Includes 1912 Goad’s map of Vancouver and property addresses in 2019.]