1103 Denman Street

1103 Denman Street; detail from The West End looking up Pendrell Street, Vancouver, B.C. [postcard]; Valentine and Sons Publishing Company.

 

1103 Denman Street [tentative identification] early 1900s; detail from [B.C. Electric Railway] open car operating on Denman Street running to English Bay; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 677-83; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-c-electric-railway-open-car-operating-on-denman-street-running-to-english-bay.

 

1103 Denman Street; detail from The West End looking up Pendrell Street, Vancouver, B.C.; The Coast Publishing Co.; University of British Columbia. Library, Rare Books and Special Collections; Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs; UL_1666_0007; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/langmann/items/1.0369105#p0z-4r0f:

 

1103 Denman Street was on the west side of Denman Street, near the northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street. (A tennis court occupied the south portion of the property.)

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 79; Lots 39 and 40.

 

1800 Block Pendrell Street; detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 45 – Comox Street to English Bay and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

 

1800 Block Pendrell Street; detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 45 – Comox Street to English Bay and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

 

1800 Block Pendrell 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

1800 Block Pendrell 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

 

 

1103 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Plate 63; Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay]; Vancouver City Archives, 1972-582.38; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1898 to 1921.

 

1898 to 1918 Rhodes, Harry
1919 to 1921 Upton, Gerald

 

1103 Denman Street was one of the first houses on Denman Street. In the early days the house did not have proper road access.

 

“Prominent West End Pioneer Dies” [obituary of Marian Rhodes], Vancouver Province, February 17, 1955, page 4, column 3.

In 1898, Harry Rhodes wrote to the City of Vancouver to ask the city to open up the street.

 

 

Vancouver Province, June 7, 1898, page 4, column 1.

 

 

Vancouver Province, April 15, 1903, page 4, column 3.

 

Vancouver Province, June 10, 1916, page 17, column 6.

 

Other members of the Rhodes family lived in the house from the early 1920s until about 1940.

By 1929, a service station occupied the south portion of Lots 39 and 40. It was called the “English Bay Garage,” and the street address was 1105 Denman Street.

 

Vancouver Province, August 21, 1929, page 7, columns 1-2.

 

By 1941, the house at 1103 Denman Street was vacant. Later a one-storey commercial building arose on the site.

By 1944, the address of the English Bay Garage was 1125 Denman Street.

Around 1948, the English Bay Garage changed its name to Sylvia Hotel Garage, still with an address of 1125 Denman Street.

 

Northwest corner of Pendrell Street and Denman Street; 1954; detail from BO-54-211: First Beach; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

Northwest corner of Pendrell Street and Denman Street; 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 one-storey building has continued to occupy the north part of Lot 40 until the present time.

 

1100 block of Denman Street; west side; Google Streets; searched December 20, 2019; image dated May 2019.

 

The Sylvia Hotel Garage was still on the south parts of Lots 39 and 40 in 1963.

 

Vancouver Province, November 9, 1963, page 35, column 8.

 

The south parts of Lots 39 and 40 later became a Shell station with an associated convenience store. (The street number was 1125 Denman Street.)

 

Shell station, northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street; Google Streets, searched December 20, 2019; image dated April 2009.

 

Convenience store, near northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street; Google Streets, searched December 20, 2019; image dated April 2009.

 

In May 2012, the Shell station and the convenience store were gone, and a security fence surrounded the property.

 

Northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street; Google Streets, searched December 20, 2019; image dated May 2012.

 

In June 2017, the property was operating as a parking lot.

 

Northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street; Google Streets, searched December 20, 2019; image dated June 2017.

 

In the summer of 2019, a developer proposed to redevelop the site for a three-storey commercial building.

 

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of 1125 Denman Street, Vancouver. (CBRE); New retail and office building coming to the foot of Denman Street at English Bay, by Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive, August 15 2019; https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/1125-denman-street-vancouver.

 

 

Sources

Denman and Pendrell, speculative design; Taylor Kurtz Architecture and Design Incorporated; http://www.taylorkurtz.com/P-Denman%20and%20Pendrall.html.

1125 Denman Street, Vancouver; CBRE Limited; http://urbanpropertiesgroup.ca/leases/1125-denman-street-vancouver/: “The Subject Property is located on the northwest corner of Denman Street and Pendrell Street in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.”

1125 Denman Street; CBRE Limited; https://wesgroup.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/1125denman_brochure.pdf.

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