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.
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.
In March 1912, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.
In 1925, a palm reader was conducting business in the house.
The house continued as a private residence through the 1930s. It also offered rental accommodation from time to time.
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.
The building was called “The Promenade.”
By the late 1950s, the building was called the Surf Apartment Hotel.
In 1984, the owners of the Sylvia Hotel applied for a permit to build a 17-storey residential complex on the site.