1900 Comox Street

1900 Comox Street - about 1910 - detail from postcard - Gilford Street - Vancouver BC - Valentine and Sons Publishing Co

1900 Comox Street – about 1910 – detail from postcard – Gilford Street – Vancouver BC – Valentine and Sons Publishing Co.

1900 Comox Street was at the southwest corner of Comox Street and Gilford Street from 1906 to 1925.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 70, Lot 8.

1900 Block Comox Street - 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 Comox Street – 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 Comox 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.

1900 Comox 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.

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 February 18, 2019].

Vancouver directory listings for 1900 Comox Street:

1906 to 1911 McCrossan, John Alexander
1912 Emmons, Mrs. Jane (wife of William Edward Emmons)
1913 to 1914 Nicholson, Frederick Walter
1915 to 1920 Hillhouse, William Adams

Francis Dawson Elkins was living at 1900 Comox Street in the 1911 Canada census.

Selected newspaper references to residents of this house:

Vancouver Province, August 5, 1910, page 30, column 6.

Vancouver Province, August 5, 1910, page 30, column 6.

Vancouver Province, April 7, 1911, page 5, column 6.

Vancouver Province, April 7, 1911, page 5, column 6.

Vancouver Province, October 24, 1911, page 5, column 3.

Vancouver Province, October 24, 1911, page 5, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, July 14, 1913, page 6, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, July 14, 1913, page 6, column 3.

Vancouver Province, July 11, 1916, page 10, column 3.

Vancouver Province, July 11, 1916, page 10, column 3.

Vancouver Province, March 7, 1925, page 8, column 2.

Vancouver Province, March 7, 1925, page 8, column 2.

The house was demolished between 1925 and 1927.

In December 1925, the architectural firm of McCarter and Nairne designed a new building for the corner of Comox Street and Gilford Street. John Galloway and Sons were the building contractors.

Vancouver Province, June 3, 1926, page 14, column 5.

Vancouver Province, June 3, 1926, page 14, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, September 1, 1926, page 1, column 8.

Vancouver Sun, September 1, 1926, page 1, column 8.

By February 1928, the building was ready for tenants.

Vancouver Province, February 23, 1928, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Province, February 23, 1928, page 19, column 6.

Kenmore Apartments, 1075 Gilford Street, 1943; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 5162; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1/5162.jpg.

Kenmore Apartments, 1075 Gilford Street, 1943; Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 5162; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1/5162.jpg.

1075 Gilford Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1075 Gilford Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1075 Gilford Street; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

1075 Gilford Street; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

1075 Gilford Street; Google Streets; searched February 18, 2019; image dated April 2009.

1075 Gilford Street; Google Streets; searched February 18, 2019; image dated April 2009.

Edward Shackle Davison (1859-1943), who was at 2063 Pendrell Street from 1903 to 1939, lived at 1075 Gilford Street from 1940 to 1943.

The writer Malcolm Lowry and his wife, Margerie, were in apartment 33 of 1075 Gilford Street from January to March 1952.

The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940-1952, edited by Nancy Strobel and, Paul Tiessen, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1988, page 156.

The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940-1952, edited by Nancy Strobel and, Paul Tiessen, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1988, page 156.

 

Sources

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; McCarter, John Young, Kenmore Apartments, Gilford Street at Comox Street, 1925-26 (C.R., xxxix, 16 Dec. 1925, 47; dwgs. at Vancouver City Archives); http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1475.

Changing Vancouver, Kenmore Apartments – Gilford Street; https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/kenmore-apartments-gilford-street/.

BC Booklook, Malcolm Lowry, February 2, 2016; https://bcbooklook.com/2016/02/02/114-malcolm-lowry/.

University of British Columbia, research guides, Malcolm Lowry; https://guides.library.ubc.ca/malcolmlowry.

Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame, Volume 1, edited by Victoria Brooks; Vancouver, Great Escapes Publishing, 2000, page 75: refers to Malcolm Lowry at 1075 Gilford Street.

Prospero, Kenmore Apartments, 1075 Gilford Street; http://www.prospero.ca/residential/downtown-west-end/21-kenmore-apartments

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