.2005 Comox Street was the home of Edwin Caton Mahony. He worked for the BC Mills, Timber and Trading Company, and he designed many aspects of that company’s prefabricated buildings. One of the characteristics of these buildings was a series of vertical strips on the outer wall, about two feet apart. Between each vertical strip was a series of horizontal boards.
Although the house at 2005 Comox Street had this type of walls for the main part of the building, it also had a large veranda around the east and south part of the house.
Joseph Henry Bowman (1864-1943) was the architect for this house: href=”http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1181″>http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1181: Comox Street, at Chilco Street, residence for Edwin C. Mahoney, 1908; demol. (inf. A.I.B.C.).
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 69, Lot 27.
This house does not appear in the Vancouver Building Permits database: href=”http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php? [searched January 25, 2014].
In the mid-1950s, the well-known Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, lived in this house, which he described as an “interesting pre-fab house.” He and Geoffrey Massey designed the modern apartment building that has occupied the site since 1957. The apartment building has the address of 1049 Chilco Street, rather than 2005 Comox Street.
Vancouver directory listings for 2005 Comox Street:
|1907 to 1924||Mahony, Edwin Caton|
G.E.Mills and D.W.Holdsworth, “The B.C. Mills Prefabricated System: The Emergence of Ready-Made Buildings in Western Canada,” Occasional Papers in History and Archaeology, Ottawa, Ontario, no.14 (1975); http://parkscanadahistory.com/series/chs/14/chs14-2f.htm.
BC Mills Timber and Trading Co.: http://www.flickr.com/groups/bcmttc/;
BC Mills Timber and Trading Co. Catalogue, 1904: http://www.lynnheadwaters.com/bcmttc/BCMTaTCo%20Catalog.pdf.
“Arthur Unknown” [on Arthur Erickson], by Danielle Egan, http://danielleegan.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/arthur-erickson.pdf.