2030 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.

2030 Beach Avenue was on the south side of Beach Avenue, west of Chilco Street.

2030 Beach Avenue - detail from Buildings on the beach side of Beach Avenue - 1913; http://www.vancouverarchives.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-002.1.jpg

2030 Beach Avenue – detail from Buildings on the beach side of Beach Avenue – 1913; http://www.vancouverarchives.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-002.1.jpg

2030 Beach Avenue - detail from Dominion Day at English Bay Beach - July 1 1911 - Vancouver City Archives - Be P101; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dominion-day-at-english-bay-beach

2030 Beach Avenue – detail from Dominion Day at English Bay Beach – July 1 1911 – Vancouver City Archives – Be P101; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dominion-day-at-english-bay-beach

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 71, east half of Lot 25.

2000 Block 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

2000 Block 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

2000 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

2000 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.

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 is one reference to lots 24 and 25 in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched May 9, 2016]. (This permit appears to relate to the Englesea Lodge, which is was on lot 24. The street number for Englesea Lodge later became 2046 Beach Avenue.)

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Davidson, Annie
Architect: White, W. P.
Builder: Cook, E.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: 24-25
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-09-28
Street Number: 2044
Street Name: Beach Avenue
Value: $115,000.00
Remarks: Brick apartments
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-2640

In 1924, Annie McKiel Davidson, the wife of Augustus Alexander Davidson, applied to the Province of British Columbia to settle the title to the foreshore that adjoined lots 24 and 25. The federal government had given a “quit claim” in 1906, which was intended to transfer the federal Crown’s interest in the foreshore to Mrs. Davidson.

The Province of British Columbia and the federal Crown signed the “Six Harbours Agreement” in 1924. The agreement clarified the nature of federal and provincial jurisdiction over six harbours in British Columbia.

The federal Crown had formerly understood that it had jurisdiction over parts of harbours, including English Bay, and this would likely have been the basis for the 1906 quit claim to Mrs. Davidson. However, after the Six Harbours Agreement came into force,  it appears that the provincial Crown would have had jurisdiction over the foreshore of English Bay.

The agreement stated that the province could issue documents to clarify the title for individual land owners. It is possible that the agreement was the reason that Mrs. Davidson obtained her quit claim from the province.

The Port of Vancouver website includes maps that show the the port’s current areas of jurisdiction in the Vancouver area:

2030 Beach Avenue - foreshore quit claim - British Columbia Order in Council - 0213-1924; http://bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/arc_oic/0213_1924

2030 Beach Avenue – foreshore quit claim – British Columbia Order in Council – 0213-1924; http://bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/arc_oic/0213_1924

Augustus Alexander Davidson lived at 2030 Beach Avenue from 1906 to 1925.

Vancouver Province, August 11, 1925, page 17, column 1; Vancouver Province, August 12, 1925, page 20, column 8.

Vancouver Province, August 11, 1925, page 17, column 1; Vancouver Province, August 12, 1925, page 20, column 8.

The house later offered rooms for rent.

Vancouver Province, September 19, 1927, page 19, column 2.

Vancouver Province, September 19, 1927, page 19, column 2.

Vancouver Province, September 18, 1935, page 19, column 2.

Vancouver Province, September 18, 1935, page 19, column 2.

In 1951, house-wreckers demolished the house.

Vancouver Sun, September 14, 1951, page 34, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, September 14, 1951, page 34, column 3.

The City of Vancouver added this site to the rest of the park space along the shore of English Bay.

2000 Block (south side) and 1900 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue, January 1, 1967; detail from English Bay; Vancouver City Archives, 2010-006.005; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-12.

2000 Block (south side) and 1900 Block (south side) of Beach Avenue, January 1, 1967; detail from English Bay; Vancouver City Archives, 2010-006.005; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-12.

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

Ron McDougall, Vancouver Beginnings IX; June 27, 2017; https://rtmcdougall.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/: “We lived on Burrard Street until 1950 when we moved to 2030 Beach Avenue into a house located at the entrance to Stanley Park. Gran did not move with us, she remained at Burrard Street and continued to rent out rooms. The house was between Englesea Lodge and the pier. It was a huge house.”