1200 Denman Street

1200 Denman Street, July 19, 1919, detail from [Panoramic view of English Bay beach, Sylvia Court Apartments (decorated in the Great Peace celebration) and bathhouses from the English Bay Pier]; Vancouver City Archives, PAN N77; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/panoramic-view-of-english-bay-beach-sylvia-court-apartments-decorated-in-great-peace-celebration-and-bathhouses-from-english-bay-pier.

 

1200 Denman Street was a three-storey building on the southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 62; north half of Lot 14.

The building did not appear in the 1901 and 1903 versions of a Vancouver fire insurance plan.

 

1200 block of Denman Street, east side; 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.

 

 

1200 block of Denman Street, east side; 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.

 

The building was present in the 1912 plan.

 

1200 Block Denman Street - detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 15 - Broughton Street to Denman Street and Davie Street to English Bay

1200 Block Denman Street – detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 15 – Broughton Street to Denman Street and Davie Street to English Bay.

 

 

Goad's Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1, Plate 64, 1913 [detail], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-64-cardero-street-to-comox-street-to-denman-street-to-beach-avenue-burnaby-street

1200 block of Denman Street, east side; detail from
Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1, Plate 64, 1913 [detail], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-64-cardero-street-to-comox-street-to-denman-street-to-beach-avenue-burnaby-street.

 

There is one apparent reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched March 6, 2020].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Bradbury, A. H.
Architect:
Builder:
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1907-10-28
Street Number:
Street Name: Davie Street & Denman Street (Corner)
Value: $5,500.00
Remarks: Concrete store and apartment flats; [VDW Oct-28-1907 p3;]
Reference ID: VN-19070010-99999-120

 

 

Vancouver Daily World, October 28, 1907, page 3, column 4.

 

Another Permit?

The following reference to another permit in the Heritage Vancouver database indicates that the permit applies to the southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched March 6, 2020].

However, the legal description is District Lot: 185; Block 61, north half of Lot 15. Block 61 is north of Davie Street.

As well, the Vancouver directory references indicate that Arthur Henry Bradbury was associated with various addresses in the 1200 block of Denman Street (that is, on the southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street).

The directory listings for Thomas Smith Heaslip (the son of Samuel Atchison Heaslip) relate to the 1100 block of Denman Street, which is on the northeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street.

Finally, the Vancouver newspapers had advertisements for 1200 Denman Street in early June 1908. The Heaslip permit is not dated until June 30, 1908.

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Hasslip, S. A. [Heaslip]
Architect:
Builder:
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 61 Sub: Resub: Lot: N 1/2 of 15
Date (Y-M-D): 1908-06-30
Street Number:
Street Name: Denman Street & Davie Street (corner) [SE]
Value: $4,500.00
Remarks: Frame store and apartment house; [VDW June-30-1908 p1;]
Reference ID: VN-19080006-99999-116

 

Vancouver Daily World, June 30, 1908, page 1, column 4. [Samuel Atchison Heaslip].

 

Selected Vancouver directory listings from 1908 to 1926.

 

1908 New building
1909 to 1919 English Bay Tea Rooms
1911 to 1912 Reed, James Beresford
1920 to 1926 Royal Bank of Canada: West End Branch

 

Vancouver Province, June 4, 1908, page 15, columns 6-7.

 

 

Vancouver Province, September 20, 1915, page 14, column 1.

 

 

Vancouver Province, January 8, 1918, page 14, column 1.

 

The West End branch of the Royal Bank of Canada was at 1200 Denman Street from 1920 to 1926.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1922, page 1059 (selected portions).

 

 

1200 Denman Street, about 1920, detail from Bathing beach, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., showing small boat dock; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/bathing-beach-english-bay-vancouver-b-c-showing-small-boat-dock.

 

In 1927, the bank moved to the corner of Georgia Street and Bidwell Street.

 

Vancouver Province, March 11, 1927, page 27, column 5.

 

 

This was the Royal Bank’s branch at the corner of Georgia Street and Bidwell Street.

 

RBC Pensioners’ Network British Columbia Cell; Volume 8, Issue 2, April 1, 2013, page 1: http://www.rbc.com/pensioners/associations/files/victoria/RBC_Pen_NL_V8_Iss_2.pdf. (Further information at RBC Pensioners’ Network British Columbia Cell; Volume 8, Issue 3, July 1, 2013, page 1; http://www.rbc.com/pensioners/associations/files/victoria/RBC_Pen_NL_V8_Iss_3.pdf.)

 

A series of retail businesses later occupied this site.

 

Schick Repeating Razor advertisement, Vancouver Province, December 7, 1927, page 19, column 8.

 

Burglars broke into a produce store at 1200 Denman Street in 1932.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 12, 1932, page 2, column 5.

 

A burglary at 1200 Denman Street in 1933 resulted in the death of one of the burglars.

 

Vancouver Province, June 22, 1933, page 1, column 4.

 

 

The following narrow view of part of the building shows the finishing on the outside of the upper stories in 1946.

 

1200 Denman Street, May 1946, detail from B.C. Electric Railway trolley truck [near] the corner of Davie Street and Denman Street stringing trolley wire; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 586-4318; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-c-electric-railway-trolley-truck-near-corner-of-davie-street-and-denman-street-stringing-trolley-wire-3.

 

The building appeared in a 1948 collection of photographs, although the specific date of the photograph is not available. The building seems to have lost the turret that had been on its northwest corner.

 

1200 Denman Street, detail from Air View over English Bay, Beautiful Vancouver, Sun Publishing Company Limited, 1948, page 58.

 

From the late 1940s until the mid-1950s, the east side of the 1200 block of Denman Street was vacant, and it was a parking lot.

 

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

 

In the late 1950s, the Berkeley Tower apartment building appeared at the southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street.

 

1200 block of Denman Street, east side; Google Streets, searched January 18, 2020; image dated May 2019.

 

Further details appear on the page for 1224 Denman Street.