.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: http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/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: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched January 25, 2014].
Vancouver directory listings for 2005 Comox Street from 1907 to 1924.
|1907 to 1924||Mahony, Edwin Caton|
The house later became a rooming house.
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 a modern apartment building to replace the old house.
The demolition of the old house took place in the fall of 1956.
The new apartment building had the street address of 1049 Chilco Street, rather than 2005 Comox Street.
The first advertisements indicated that the individual apartments in the new building would be self-owned suites.
Soon afterward, however, the building changed to rentals only.
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/;
The Residency at 1049 Chilco Street, “Arthur Unknown,” by Danielle Egan, https://danielleegan.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/arthur-erickson.pdf [first published in Vancouver Magazine].
The Residency, 1049 Chilco Street, Vancouver, BC; Gateway Management; https://www.gatewayrentals.com/apartments/the-residency.