700 Chilco Street

The Glass Manor, 700 Chilco Street; About Town, November 1, 1957, cover.

The Glass Manor, 700 Chilco Street; About Town, November 1, 1957, cover.

The lot at the south-east corner of Alberni Street and Chilco Street was empty until the 1950s.

Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 65; Lot 17.

1900 Block Alberni Street - Detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1900 Block Alberni Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1952 Alberni Street, 1942 Alberni Street and 1932 Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

1952 Alberni Street, 1942 Alberni Street and 1932 Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

In 1912, Joseph Ambrose Russell hired Henry Barton Watson to design an apartment building for the site.

Drawing of the Russell apartments; by Henry B. Watson, architect; [about 1912], Vancouver City Archives, M-11-73; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/drawing-of-russell-apartents-by-henry-b-watson-architect.

Drawing of the Russell apartments; by Henry B. Watson, architect; [about 1912], Vancouver City Archives, M-11-73; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/drawing-of-russell-apartents-by-henry-b-watson-architect.

Note: The small house at the left of the drawing (above) appears to be 1952 Alberni Street.)

The apartment building was going to occupy lots 17 and 18 at the southeast corner of Alberni Street and Chilco Street. It was just down the hill from the Russell house at 1973 Robson Street.

The building received a permit from the City of Vancouver.

District: Vancouver
Permit: 4119
Owner: Russell, J. A.
Architect: Watson, Henry Barton [VDW]
Builder:
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 17-18
Date (Y-M-D): 1912-12-31
Street Number: 752
Street Name: Chilco Street
Value: $200,000.00
Remarks: Apartments/rooms; six-storey concrete apartment house [VP]; [architect added VDW Feb 13, 1913 p24]
Reference ID: VN-3300-3301-2896

Heritage Vancouver; Vancouver Building Permits; http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/; searched July 29, 2018.

Vancouver Daily World, February 13, 1913, page 24.

Vancouver Daily World, February 13, 1913, page 24.

For unknown reasons, construction of the Russell Apartments did not go ahead, and the site was still vacant in 1931.

Chilco Street, between Alberni Street and Robson Street, 1931, Vancouver, B.C. [from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon]; detail; Vancouver City Archives, Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

Chilco Street, between Alberni Street and Robson Street, 1931, Vancouver, B.C. [from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon]; detail; Vancouver City Archives, Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

The lot remained vacant throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

West Georgia Street near Chilco Street, Stuart Building, Stanley Park Armouries; 1953; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 82247 [cropped]; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/262/82247.jpg.

West Georgia Street near Chilco Street, Stuart Building, Stanley Park Armouries; 1953; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 82247 [cropped]; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/262/82247.jpg.

In 1957, the Glass Manor appeared on the site, with an address of 700 Chilco Street.

700 Chilco Street; source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

700 Chilco Street; source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

Vancouver Sun, October 19, 1957, page 26, columns 3-4. [Note: although the illustration in this newspaper advertisement is similar to the first illustration on this page, the roofline is slightly different.]

Vancouver Sun, October 19, 1957, page 26, columns 3-4. [Note: although the illustration in this newspaper advertisement is similar to the first illustration on this page, the roofline is slightly different.]

The Glass Manor, 700 Chilco Street, Google Streets; searched January 12, 2019; image dated August 2011.

The Glass Manor, 700 Chilco Street, Google Streets; searched January 12, 2019; image dated August 2011.

 

Sources

Thanks to Murray at Vancouver As It Was: https://vanasitwas.wordpress.com/ for information on Joseph Russell’s proposed apartment on Chilco Street.

Henry Barton Watson, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/322 : “CHICO [sic: Chilco] STREET, a six storey apartment block for J.A. Russell, 1913 (Vancouver Daily World, 13 Feb. 1913, [page] 24).

“Apartment Building Planned,” Vancouver Daily World, February 13, 1913, page 24.

Glass Manor, 700 Chilco St, Vancouver; http://www.glassmanpm.com/en/Vancouver/building/Glass+Manor/1995.

Leon Glassman, obituary, Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 16, 2017; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=leon-glassman&pid=187260952. “Their first [building], Glass Manor, overlooking Lost Lagoon, was among the first luxury high rises in the West End.”

“The Glass Manor, 700 Chilco Street,” About Town, November 1, 1957, page 5 and cover illustration.