1012 Denman Street

1012 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 January 14, 2020].

Although the Vancouver directories from 1900 to 1907 did not list 1012 Denman Street, a newspaper advertisement in 1900 did refer to this address.


Vancouver Province, September 12, 1900, page 6, column 6.



Vancouver directory listings from 1908 to 1920.


1908 Lees, Wilfrid Bernard
1909 Armstrong, Robert
1910 Hodge, George Cadenhead
1912 Graburn, Nelson
1913 Trounce, Nina Marian
1914 to 1915 Vacant
1916, 1918 Saunders, Charles Wilson
1919 Barrack, Saleem (“Sam”) Farhood
1920 McLeod, John Alexander


Around 1908, 1012 Denman Street was a contact address for several real estate advertisements, although they did not necessarily refer to listings for 1012 Denman Street itself.



Vancouver Daily World, June 27, 1908, page 20, column 5.



Vancouver Daily World, July 2, 1908, page 18, column 7.



The house itself often had rooms for rent, and auctioneers held several furniture sales at 1012 Denman Street.


Vancouver Daily World, November 10, 1911, page 36, column 4.



Vancouver Daily World, November 15, 1911, page 22, column 6.



Vancouver Daily World, October 2, 1912, page 4, column 6.



Vancouver Province, October 10, 1912, page 27, column 1.



Vancouver Daily World, October 25, 1913, page 2, column 5.



Vancouver Province, August 16, 1919, page 25, column 4.



Vancouver Province, November 7, 1919, page 28, column 2.



Vancouver Province, July 7, 1920, page 18, column 5.



Fairholme Kindergarten

In 1927, Fairholme Kindergarten was at 1012 Denman Street.


Vancouver Province, August 28, 1927, page 14, columns 7-8.


In previous years, the kindergarten had been at the Canadian Memorial Hall, in the 1800 block of West 16th Avenue in Vancouver.


Vancouver Province, September 6, 1925, page 24, column 5.



Canadian Memorial Hall, Dedicatory and opening services of Canadian Memorial Chapel, 1928; [unpaged; page 18 of reproduced images]; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcbooks/items/1.0373079#p17z-5r0F:


The kindergarten’s principal was Miss Adeline Mabel Denham (often called “Mabel Denham” or “A. Mabel Denham.”) She was born in Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland, England on April 13, 1882. Her parents were Walter Edward Denham (1852–1909) and Emily Pawson (1850–1904).

Mabel arrived in Canada in 1924. She sailed on S.S. Ausonia, which landed in Quebec City on May 18, 1924. She was on her way to stay with her sister, Muriel, who had married Robert Somerville in Lytton, British Columbia on November 4, 1915.


Ancestry.com. Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 – T-15248. Name: Adeline Mabel Denham; Gender: Female; Estimated birth year: abt 1881; Birth Place: Newcastle-on-Tyne, England; Age: 43; Date of Arrival: 18 May 1924; Port of Arrival: Quebec; Port of Departure: Harrogate, England; Ship Name: Ausonia.


In 1927, while the kindergarten was at 1012 Denman Street, Mabel also offered rental accommodation in the house.


Vancouver Province, October 16, 1927, page 27, column 4.


In February 1928, Mabel bought a house at 1743 Pendrell Street.


Vancouver Province, February 5, 1928, page 40, column 3.



Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1928, page 997 [edited image].


In December 1928, the contents of 1012 Denman Street were for sale.


Vancouver Province, December 11, 1928, page 17, column 3.


Mabel later became a rural school teacher in several parts of British Columbia.


Vancouver Province, August 20, 1947, page 4, columns 3-5 [selected portions]


Mabel never married, and she died in Vancouver on October 27, 1976.



Further Rentals in the 1920s and 1930s

The house at 1012 Denman Street continued to offer rental accommodation in the early 1930s.


Vancouver Province, June 26, 1930, page 23, column 7.


Vancouver Province, February 8, 1933, page 16, column 7.



Bay Transfer

From about 1935 to the 1950s, Bay Transfer had its business at 1012 Denman Street.

Further information appears on the page for 1008 Denman Street.


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, 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.




Walter Edward Denham (father of Adeline Mabel Denham)

Walter Edward Denham (1852–1909); Birth: SEP 1852, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Death: 23 AUG 1909, Leeds, England (ancestry.ca).


Emily Pawson (mother of Adeline Mabel Denham)

Emily Pawson (1850–1904); Birth: ABT 1850, Stepney, Middlesex, England; Death: 15.12. 1904;  Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (ancestry.ca).


Adeline Mabel Denham

Adeline Mabel Denham (13 April 1882 – 27 October 1976); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LYBT-783

Adeline Mabel Denham (1882–1976), Birth: JUN 1882, Newcastle, Northumberland; Death: 1976, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XK9-MPY : 1 October 2014), Adeline Mabel Denham, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7J8Z-1N2 : 6 May 2019), Adeline Mabel Denham in household of Mary Annie Perkin, Bilton with Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPLH-6S3P : 17 September 2018), Adeline Mabel Denham in entry for Hannah Maria Denham, 16 Jul 1923; citing Probate, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm.


Muriel Denham (sister of Adeline Mabel Denham)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDH-4YN : 11 March 2018), Robert Somerville and Muriel Denham, 04 Nov 1915; citing Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11387, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,108.


Robert Somerville (husband of Muriel Denham)

Robert Somerville (1890–1942); Birth: 14 MAR 1890, Rosyland, Washington, USA; Death: 23 NOVEMBER 1942, Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA (ancestry.ca).


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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