1901 Beach Avenue

1901 Beach Avenue; Beach Avenue from English Bay Pier, about 1909; detail from postcard. Arrow on right points to 1901 Beach Avenue.

1901 Beach Avenue; Beach Avenue from English Bay Pier, about 1909; detail from postcard. Arrow on right points to 1901 Beach Avenue.

1901 Beach Avenue was one of four similar houses on the north side of Beach Avenue, just west of Gilford Street. They first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1903.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 71, East half of Lot 8.

1900 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

1900 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

There are no references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched November 21, 2018].

Vancouver Directory listings from 1903 to 1921.

1903 Foster, Arthur Edward
1904 to 1907 Kerr, John Blain
1908 Clark, Henry Charles
1916 Slocum, Herbert Spencer
1917 to 1918 Henderson, James
1919 to 1921 Keel, Alfred John

By 1923, Reginald and Ronald Rice had a confectionery on this site.

From 1927 to 1931, this was the location of “The Avenue Tea Rooms.”

The Avenue Tea Rooms, about 1932 [sic]; detail from Sylvia Court - English Bay; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 99-2632; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sylvia-court-english-bay.

The Avenue Tea Rooms, about 1932 [sic]; detail from Sylvia Court – English Bay; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 99-2632; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sylvia-court-english-bay.

In 1930, the business was for sale.

Calgary Herald, September 8, 1930, page 11, column 3.

Calgary Herald, September 8, 1930, page 11, column 3.

In 1932, the business became the Sunset Tea Rooms. By 1934, the business was again for sale.

Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1934, page 22, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1934, page 22, column 1.

In 1935, Violet Marion Brown-Webster opened an art gallery that specialized in selling her own creations.

Vancouver Sun, June 1, 1935, page 7, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, June 1, 1935, page 7, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, July 20, 1935, page 19, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, July 20, 1935, page 19, column 3.

Violet supported the Vancouver Sailors’ Home.

Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1938, page 7, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1938, page 7, column 4.

In 1938, the contents of 1901 Beach Avenue went on sale, and the Websters moved to 2741 Carolina Street.

Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1938, page 22, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1938, page 22, column 2.

Frederick Webster died in Vancouver on November 30, 1958.

Vancouver Sun, December 3, 1958, page 34, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, December 3, 1958, page 34, column 4.

Violet Webster died in Vancouver on December 21, 1962.

Vancouver Sun, December 24, 1962, page 26, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, December 24, 1962, page 26, column 6.

In 1939, a confectionery called the Sea Breeze Inn was operating at 1901 Beach Avenue. “Madame Leone” was available to tell fortunes.

Vancouver Sun, August 3, 1939, page 13, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, August 3, 1939, page 13, column 4.

View of North West Beach and Gilford [detail], May 4, 1939; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 16518; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/566/16518.jpg.

View of North West Beach and Gilford [detail], May 4, 1939; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 16518; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/566/16518.jpg.

View of South West Gilford and Pendrell [detail], May 4, 1939; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 16519; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/566/16519.jpg.

View of South West Gilford and Pendrell [detail], May 4, 1939; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 16519; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/566/16519.jpg.

 

Huntington Apartments

In 1941, the Huntington Apartments appeared on the site. Henry Sandham Griffith was the architect for this Tudor-styled building.

Vancouver Sun, October 11, 1941, page 27, columns 1-4.

Vancouver Sun, October 11, 1941, page 27, columns 1-4.

By the 1970s, there were plans to demolish the Huntington to make room for a new, taller building. In 1976, the Vancouver city council voted against the proposal.

However, by 1988 the city council supported a plan to replace the Huntington with a narrow high-rise tower.

The new tower, called “Eugenia Place,” has a street address of 1919 Beach Avenue. At the base of the building are several low walls that reflect the footprints of the original houses and the 1940s Huntington Apartments. There are also several concrete representations of tree stumps.

Eugenia Place, entrance, Henriquez Partners Architects; http://henriquezpartners.com/work/eugenia-place-tower/.

Eugenia Place, entrance, Henriquez Partners Architects; http://henriquezpartners.com/work/eugenia-place-tower/.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature is a tree that grows on the top of the building. It is meant to evoke the height of the trees that grew in this area before they were cleared out in the 1800s.

Unfortunately, the original tree on the building did not survive, and it was replaced in 2017.

 

Sources

Violet Marion Brown (later Brown-Webster) (artist)

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGN-9ST : 11 March 2018), Violet Marion Brown, Oct 1920; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14710, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8M-622 : 11 March 2018), Frederick John Webster and Violet Marien Brown, 06 Dec 1922; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,225.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTX-M7P : 8 November 2017), Marion Violet Webster, 1962; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/85c62e83-e2e9-4092-b8e2-0ed3d21a06a6.

 

Frederick John Webster (husband of Violet Marion Brown)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8M-62P : 11 March 2018), Frederick John Webster and Violet Marien Brown, 06 Dec 1922; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,225.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR9-NJG : 8 November 2017), Frederick John Webster, 1958; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/28997f62-8a02-4128-a1c8-98b978ac2881.

 

Huntington Apartments

Henry Sandham Griffith, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; Huntington Apartments, Beach Avenue at Gilford Street, 1941 (C.R., liv, 30 April 1941, 36); [Engineering and Contract Record]

“Tenants to buy apartment they saved,” by Rich TerMaat, Vancouver Sun, November 30, 1977, page 26, columns 1-2.

“High-rise project has council support,” by Ellen Saenger, Vancouver Sun, January 13, 1988, page A2, columns 1-2.

 

Eugenia Place

Eugenia Place, http://www.condopedia.com/wiki/Eugenia_Place.

Eugenia Place Tower; http://henriquezpartners.com/work/eugenia-place-tower/.

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