1985 Beach Avenue and 1987 Beach Avenue were part of a single house that had a main address of 1987 Beach Avenue, near the northeast corner of Beach Avenue and Chilco Street. It was one of a group of four similar houses.
Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 71; east half of Lot 12.
Although the four houses had the same general shape, the two westernmost houses on Lot 13 (1999 Beach Avenue and 1991/1997 Beach Avenue) were slightly older than the two houses on Lot 12. In the photograph below, the houses on Lot 13 are present, but lot 12, to the right, is still unoccupied.
By about 1908, all four houses were present.
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 March 28, 2019].
1985 Beach Avenue
Vancouver directory listings from 1910 to 1950:
|1910 to 1913 and 1915 to 1950||McGregor, John Dawson|
|1914||Buckley, Charles Edward|
The house often appeared as a contact address for rental accommodation. (It is not clear if the house itself was the subject of the advertisements.)
1987 Beach Avenue
Vancouver directory listings from 1910 to 1921:
|1910||Howes, Earl Bradford|
|1911||Stephens, Roy E.|
|1913 to 1915||Campbell, Alfred D.|
|1916 to 1918||Tallamy, Lionel George William|
|1919 to 1921||Corble, James Arthur|
In 1910 and 1911, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.
The house offered rental accommodation until the early 1970s.
In 1973, the owner of the four Beach Avenue houses was preparing to demolish the houses to make room for a new apartment building.
The project also involved two houses on Pendrell Street that were behind the Beach Avenue houses.
The tenants in the four Beach Avenues tried to delay the demolition.
However, the old houses did not survive long, and by 1975 the new building was heading to completion.
The new building was called “Huntington West,” probably as a reference to the Huntington Apartments, which were at 1915 Beach Avenue. (Further information appears on the page for 1901 Beach Avenue.)
In the fall of 1975, the developers were advertising rental suites in the new building.
The building later became a strata-titled ownership building.
“More highrises for Kits, West End,” by Bob Smith; The Grape [newspaper], March 14-28, 1973, page 3. [refers to houses on 1900 block of Beach Avenue; similar to “Demolition delay sought by tenants,” Vancouver Province, March 14, 1973, page 37, columns 3-4.]
Huntington West, 1995 Beach Avenue; https://bccondos.net/1995-beach. [Note: this reference states that the building dates from 1996, not 1975.]
Huntington West, 1995 Beach Avenue; https://condos.ca/vancouver/huntington-west-1995-beach-ave [Note: says the building was registered on June 9, 1987. This may be the date that the building became a strata-titled building.]