1999 Beach Avenue

1999 Beach Avenue, August 3, 1967; A remaining house on Beach Ave., Vancouver; University of Northern British Columbia Archives; Item 2013. [rotated and cropped]; http://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/remaining-house-on-beach-ave-vancouver.

1999 Beach Avenue was at the northeast corner of Beach Avenue and Chilco Street. It was one of a group of four houses.


Chilco Street and Beach Avenue, 1968 [cropped]; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1348-28; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/chilco-and-beach-ave-looking-east.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 71; west half of Lot 13.


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.


1999 Beach Avenue, 1997 Beach Avenue, 1991 Beach Avenue, 1995 Beach Avenue, 1993 Beach Avenue, 1987 Beach Avenue and 1985 Beach Avenue; 1994 Pendrell Street; 1996 Pendrell Street, 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.


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.


2000 Block of Beach Avenue, south side; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.


By about 1908, all four houses were present.


Beach Avenue and Chilco Street; detail from English Bay Pier pilings and view of Beach Avenue, about 1908; Vancouver City Archives, Be P102; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-pier-pilings-and-view-of-beach-avenue.


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].

Vancouver directory listings from 1906 to 1920.

1906 to 1907 Dalton, William (Willie)
1908 Carman, Harold Elgin
1909 Stahlschmidt, Charles Burnaby
1910 to 1912 Gzowski, Harold Northey
1913 to 1914 Innes, Anthony William Vancouver
1915 Head, George Herbert
1916 to 1918; 1920 Hogg, John Pitcairn
1919 to 1920 Hogg, Margaret Gardner Forrest


From the 1930s to the 1970s, the house offered a variety of rental accommodations.


Vancouver Sun, November 7, 1931, page 22, column 8.


Vancouver Province, May 1, 1934, page 15, column 1.


Vancouver Sun, December 10, 1946, page 17, column 5.


Vancouver Sun, June 27, 1959, page 44, column 4.


Vancouver Sun, December 29, 1961, page 27, column 3.


Later Years


1900 block of Beach Avenue, north side, near Chilco Street, January 1, 1967; detail from English Bay; Vancouver City Archives, 2010-006.005; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-12.


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.


1964/6 and 1988 Pendrell Street at the southeast corner of Chilco Street, 1968; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1348-5; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1964-6-and-1988-pendrell-at-s-e-corner-of-chilco.


The tenants in the Beach Avenue houses tried to delay the demolition.


Vancouver Province, March 14, 1973, page 37, columns 3-4.


However, the old houses did not survive long, and by 1975 the new building was heading to completion.


English Bay Beach, Vancouver, 1975; British Columbia Archives; Item I-21624; https://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/english-bay-beach-vancouver-20.


The new building has an address of 1995 Beach Avenue. It is 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.


Vancouver Sun, September 13, 1975, page 55, columns 8-9.


The building later became a strata-titled ownership building.


1995 Beach Avenue (“Huntington West”); Google Streets, searched March 28, 2019; image dated May 2017.




“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.]

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