2024 Beach Avenue

2030 Beach Avenue, 2024 Beach Avenue and 2020 Beach Avenue; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, about 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.

2030 Beach Avenue, 2024 Beach Avenue and 2020 Beach Avenue; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, about 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.

 

 

2024 Beach Avenue, detail from May 18, 1913, View from the Sylvia Court Apartments, May 18, 1913. Reference code AM1376-: 2013-002.1; https://www.vancouverarchives.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-002.1.jpg.

 

2024 Beach Avenue was on the south side of Beach Avenue, between Chilco Street and Stanley Park.

Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 71; west half of Lot 26.

 

2024 Beach Avenue, 2020 Beach Avenue, 2006 Beach Avenue, and 2000 Beach Avenue; detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 45 – Comox Street to English Bay and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

2024 Beach Avenue, 2020 Beach Avenue, 2006 Beach Avenue, and 2000 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.

 

2030 Beach Avenue and 2024 Beach Avenue, 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.

2030 Beach Avenue and 2024 Beach Avenue, 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.

 

There are two references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1[searched December 4, 2019]. 

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 8778
Owner: Henry, Mr.
Architect:
Builder: Cox, E. [BCR]
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1917-10-01
Street Number: 2024
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $150.00
Remarks: Repairs;sleeping porch [BCR]; [added legal]
Reference ID: VN-1095-1096-3

 

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-5096
Owner: Thomas, L. G. [or S. G.]
Architect: Gardiner & Mercer
Builder: Day labour plan [JOC]
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: N 1/2 of 26
Date (Y-M-D): 1923-01-25
Street Number: 2024
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $7,500.00
Remarks: Office/Store; New; Combined store & dwelling, 2-stories, 33-ft x 67.8-ft, frame construction, concrete fdn; [JOC Jan-26-1923 p1]
Reference ID: VN-19235347-49

 

Joseph Kaye Henry lived in this house from 1903 to 1922.

In 1910, 1915 and 1917, the house was available to rent.

 

Vancouver Province, August 23, 1910, page 22, column 4.

 

 

Vancouver Province, April 10, 1915, page 19, column 4.

 

 

Vancouver Province, April 18, 1917, page 20, column 3.

 

In 1919, the house offered rooms for rent.

 

Vancouver Province, July 24, 1919, page 17, column 3.

 

In 1922, the property was sold.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 6, 1922, page 3, column 3.

 

In 1924, the Promenade Tea Rooms operated at 2024 Beach Avenue.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 20, 1924, page 10, column 8.

 

In 1925, the Vancouver Swimming Pool and Pleasure Pier Limited advertised a project to enlarge the Promenade Tea Rooms and to create an indoor entertainment facility called the “Winter Garden.”

The company had acquired 2024 Beach Avenue from David Llewellyn Godwin Thomas (1880-1967) (also known as “Llewellyn G. Thomas” or “L.G. Thomas”).

 

Vancouver Province, February 18, 1925, page 21, columns 6-8.

 

 

Englesea Lodge and Winter Garden, detail from Aerial view of Vancouver B.C. looking east from English Bay; 1930s; Vancouver City Archives, Air P105; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-vancouver-b-c-looking-east-from-english-bay.

 

Englesea Lodge, from the water side, in 1953; This Week in History: 1967, by John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, February 28, 2014; http://www.vancouversun.com/news/this+week+history+1967/9565460/story.html.

 

By March 1926, the Winter Garden was advertising events at its new facility.

 

Vancouver Province, March 28, 1926, page 13, column 2.

 

Opening night of the Winter Garden, a dance hall at the end of the English Bay Pier, and the Vancouver Swimming Pool, August 21, 1926; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 8866; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1662/8866.jpg.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 30, 1926, page 22, columns 2-4.

 

The building remained in service until 1957. From 1945 to 1949, it was the home of the Navy League of Canada. From 1950 to 1957, it was a storage facility and rehearsal hall for Theatre under the Stars.

 

“About Now,” by Jack Wasserman, Vancouver Sun, September 14, 1957, page 25, columns 6-7.

 

The building was demolished in 1957, and the property became part of Vancouver’s parks.

 

2000 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue; Google Streets; searched March 1, 2019; image dated August 2018.

2000 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue; Google Streets; searched March 1, 2019; image dated August 2018.

 

Sources

 

Vancouver Public Library; Vancouver Building Register; https://ipac2.vpl.ca/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=comres:
Building Name: Winter Garden (1926-31); The Casino (1932-36); Winter Garden (1937-44); Navy League of Canada (1945-49); Theatre Under the Stars (1950-57).
Street Address: 2024 Beach Avenue
Dates from: 1903
Notes: Legal description: D.L. 185, Blk. 71.
Residence of Joseph K. Henry, 1903-1923.
Confectionery, 1924-25.
Tea room and dance hall, 1926-44.
Sea cadet barracks, 1945-49.
Storage and rehearsal hall for Theatre Under the Stars (Vancouver Civic Theatre Society), 1950-57.
Demolition date: late 1957.
Source: City Directory.
Vancouver Parks Board Report for 1957, p. 77 (NW 352.705 V22r).
Date Updated: 16 MAY 1994

 

 

David Llewellyn Godwin Thomas (owner of 2024 Beach Avenue)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XJM-XBM : 1 October 2014), David Llewellyn G Thomas, 1880; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire, Wales, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZD-T9Z : 11 March 2018), David Llewellyn Goodwin Thomas and Lillie Brethour, 23 May 1917; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11371, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,528.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGT2-56T : 27 November 2014), David Llewellyn Goodwin Thomas, 19 Sep 1949; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Port Angeles, Washington,, line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, RG 85, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 082620.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBJ-7DK : 8 November 2017), David Llewellyn Goodwin Thomas, 1967.