1020 Denman Street was on the east side of Denman Street, between Nelson Street and Comox Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 59; south half of Lot 14.
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 1920.
|1901||Millard, Harry Hugh|
|1902 to 1907||Lees, Wilfrid Bernard|
|1908||Clements, Archibald (“Archie”) Leroy|
|1909||Lawrance, Frederick George|
|1910 to 1911||Chastenay, Alfred Gunton|
|1913 to 1914||Van Dyke, John Robert|
|1919 to 1920||Stokes, William Ronald Hermann|
From about 1935 to the 1950s, Bay Transfer had its business nearby, at 1012 Denman Street.
Further information appears on the page for 1008 Denman Street.
In the 1950s, an Esso service station appeared on the block, with an address of 1004 Denman Street. Further information appears on the page for 1000 Denman Street.
In 1967, a developer demolished the houses 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.
Over 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.
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.”