1008 Denman Street

1008 Denman Street was on the east side of Denman Street, between Nelson Street and Comox Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 59; Lot 14.

 

Denman Street - between Nelson Street and 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

Denman Street – between Nelson Street and 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.

 

 

1004 Denman Street; 1008 Denman Street; 1012 Denman Street; 1020 Denman Street; detail from Chas. E. Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 55 [Cardero Street to Haro Street to Denman Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-55-cardero-street-to-haro-street-to-denman-street-to-comox-street.

 

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 October 10, 2019].

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1901 to 1921.

 

1901 to 1902 Smith, George Hugo
1903 Davis, Rev. John Hardwick
1904 Sharp, Henry Joseph
1905 to 1906 Dowswell, Robert
1907 to 1908 Hawkes, John Aylesford
1909 to 1911 Porpa, Claude Reginald
1912 Anderson, Eli
1912 to 1913 Porpa, Mrs. Alice (widow of Claude Reginald Porpa)
1914 Phillips, Ruth
1915 Vacant
1916 Hayward, Harry
1917 Vacant
1918 Spooner, Mrs. Francis Woodbury
1919 to 1921 Diege, Helmut William

 

 

In 1901, a realtor was asking for offers for 1008 Denman Street.

 

Vancouver Province, June 12, 1901, page 6, column 6.

 

The house often offered rental accommodation.

 

Vancouver Daily World, June 19, 1908, page 20, column 5.

 

 

Vancouver Daily World, January 3, 1913, page 25, column 6.

 

 

Vancouver Province, August 5, 1922, page 18, column 6.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, August 28, 1926, page 16, column 7.

 

Advertisements continued to appear for 1008 Denman Street in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Vancouver News-Herald, March 7, 1935, page 6, column 4.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 23, 1940, page 15, column 7.

 

 

Vancouver Province, November 8, 1949, page 16, column 7.

 

Bay Transfer

From about 1935 to the 1950s, Bay Transfer had its business at 1012 Denman Street, which was the only address on the Denman Street frontage from Nelson Street to the lane between Nelson Street and Comox Street.

 

Bay Transfer – 1000 Block Denman Street, east side; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

 

1000 Block Denman Street, east side; 1954; detail from BO-54-211 : First Beach; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

1000 Block Denman Street, east side; 1957; detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; Vancouver City Archives; Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

 

The proprietor of Bay Transfer was Peter Fergusson.

 

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: Peter Fergusson; Occupation: Transfer Man; Year: 1953; Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Electoral District: Vancouver Centre. [1012 Denman Street].

 

Peter Robert Fergusson was born in Scotland on December 18, 1866. Jean McCallum was his third wife.

Jean died in Vancouver on January 24, 1937.

 

Vancouver Province, January 25, 1937, page 11, column 1.

 

On December 11, 1937, in Vancouver, Peter married Lillian (Lily) Sarah Jeffrey Morrison, who was the widow of Edwin Morrison (1861-). Lily was born in Hawkwell, Essex, England on September 29, 1869. She died in Coquitlam, British Columbia on April 4, 1955.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 7, 1955, page 32, column 3.

 

Peter died on September 26, 1960 at Dellview Hospital in Vernon, British Columbia.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 27, 1960, page 29, column 4.

 

Denman Place

In 1967, a developer demolished the houses and other structures on the east side of Denman Street between Nelson Street and Comox Street.

The new building on the site was a concrete tower, with retail shopping areas on the lower parts of the building complex.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 22, 1967, page 27, column 6.

 

 

Denman Place construction site; detail from Vancouver skyline, 1970s [sic], Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1435-87; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/british-columbia-vancouver-skyline-80.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 13, 1967, page 6, columns 1-6.

 

 

Vancouver Province, June 19, 1968, page 17, columns 2-4.

 

For much of its life the building was a hotel.

More recent plans have called for the lower part of the building to become a boutique hotel. The upper floors are to be rental apartments.

 

 

Sources

Bay Transfer (Peter Robertson Fergusson, proprietor)

Peter Robertson Fergusson (1869–1960); Birth: 18TH DEC 1869, Quoigs, Parish of Ardoch Dunblane; Death: 26 SEPTEMBER 1960, Vernon B.C. Canada (ancestry.ca).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKNL-29BM : 17 March 2018), Peter Ferguson and Lily Sarah Jeffery Morrison, 11 Dec 1937; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number , Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 100,548,085.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTM-4RK : 8 November 2017), Peter Robertson Fergusson, 1960; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/9b08662e-8780-4e74-829f-4f77d5892bcc.

 

Marion Henry (wife of Peter Robertson Fergusson)

Marion Henry (1876–1902); Birth 1876, Dalkeith, Edinburghshire; Death: 5 AUG 1902, Cambusbarron Scotland (ancestry.ca).

 

Ann Fowler (wife of Peter Robertson Fergusson)

Ann Fowler (1886–1918); Birth: FEB.5 1886, Frogfield, Laurencekirk; Death: 30 NOVEMBER 1918, 24 Board Street, Stirling, Scotland (ancestry.ca).

 

Jean McCallum (wife of Peter Robertson Fergusson)

Jean McCallum (1876–); Birth: 1876, Roterham England; Death: Canada (ancestry.ca).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLL5-WL4 : 8 November 2017), Jean Vipond Fergusson, 1937.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3CPK : 13 December 2015), Jean V. Ferguson, 1937; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26297367, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26297367: “Jean V. Ferguson; Birth: unknown; Death: 24 Jan 1937; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: JONES/*/31/002/0009A; Memorial ID: 26297367.

 

Lillian Sarah Pendery [or Pendry] (wife of Peter Robertson Fergusson)

Lilly Sarah Pendery (1868–1955); Birth: 1868, Hawkwell, Essex, England; Death: 4 APR 1955, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKNL-29B3 : 17 March 2018), Peter Ferguson and Lily Sarah Jeffery Morrison, 11 Dec 1937; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number , Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 100,548,085.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRD-5TQ : 8 November 2017), Lillian Sarah Fergusson, 1955; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/83a76000-c87d-4eee-9200-f073dc3da7ea.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3C5V : 13 December 2015), Lillian Sarah Fergusson, 1955; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26292468, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26292468: “Lillian Sarah Pendry Fergusson; Birth: 29 Sep 1869, England; Death: 4 Apr 1955 (aged 85), Coquitlam, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: JONES/*/07/015/0011; Memorial ID: 26292468.”

 

Denman Place

Denman Place Mall; https://denmanplacemall.wixsite.com/mysite/about: “Denman Place Mall was initially developed by J. A. ”Sandy” Reid in 1966. . . . Ultimately, however, the complex was modified to 35 storeys and was owned by Confederation Life and known as the Denman Place Inn.  . . . In 1983, C.T. Management purchased the complex and the residence became the Denman Place Inn. In 1986, Ramada became involved in the management of the complex and renamed the hotel, as the apartments had become, the Ramada Renaissance.  . . . In 1989, the hotel was purchased by the Okabe Corporation and renamed the Coast Plaza Suite Hotel at Stanley Park. . . . The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites and Denman Fitness closed their doors in late 2017. Over the next two years, the tower will be renovated; when completed it will become a boutique hotel and residential rental units.”

Vancouver rental tower and boutique hotel planned above Denman Place Mall, by Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight, June 28, 2016; https://www.straight.com/news/726036/vancouver-rental-tower-and-boutique-hotel-planned-above-denman-place-mall.

“In 2011, Vancouver city council approved a rezoning application to change the use of the building into a rental high-rise.

On June 16 this year, DA Architects + Planners applied for a development permit before city hall to proceed with the conversion of the hotel to a rental tower.

The architectural firm also filed an application to rezone the two levels above Denman Place Mall, where Denman Fitness Centre, Brasserie Bistro, Comox Street Long Bar, and hotel staff offices are located.”

“Sonder to open new boutique hotel in the old Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver’s West End,” by Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive, August 2 2019, https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/sonder-coast-plaza-hotel-denman-place-vancouver. “The Montreal-founded digital short-term rental company, now based in San Francisco, is opening a 66-room boutique hotel, complete with guest amenities, within the lower levels of the 1969-built, 32-storey tower.  . . . Above these lower floors for the new Sonder hotel and retail, the old Coast Plaza Hotel’s guest rooms will be retrofitted into 316 rental apartment suites.”

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