1096 Denman Street

1094 Denman Street and 1096 Denman Street; detail from The West End looking up Pendrell Street, Vancouver, B.C. [postcard]; Valentine and Sons Publishing Company.

 

1096 Denman Street was near the southeast corner of Denman Street and Comox Street. Although the street address was on Denman Street, the house was actually at the rear of 1772 Comox Street and 1774 Comox Street.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 60; south portion of Lot 13.

 

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.

 

 

1076 Denman Street; 1080 Denman Street; 1084 Denman Street; 1094 Denman Street; 1096 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver Vol. 1; 1913-1920; Chas. E. Goad Company; Plate 55; Vancouver City Archives; Item : 1972-582.39 – Plate 64 [Cardero Street to Comox Street to Denman Street to Beach Avenue/Burnaby Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-64-cardero-street-to-comox-street-to-denman-street-to-beach-avenue-burnaby-street.

 

There is one reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched February 20, 2020].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-4368
Owner: Alden, E. H.
Architect:
Builder: Gibb, D.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1922-09-05
Street Number: 1096
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $1,750.00
Remarks: Office/Store; Repairs/Alterations;
Reference ID: VN-19225328-29

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1914 to 1922

 

1914 Moore, Walter Stuart
1916 Higinbottom, Alfred
1917 Kerr, George
1917 to 1918 Rush, Spencer Stanley Frederick
1919 to 1922 Kitley, Henry Bartlett

 

A series of stores and residences occupied the property in the 1920s and 1930s.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, 1094 Denman Street and 1096 Denman Street were for sale.

 

Vancouver Province, June 9, 1938, page 18, column 8.

 

 

Vancouver Province, August 15, 1942, page 31, column 5.

 

In 1954, a café business at 1096 Denman Street was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 30, 1954, page 43, column 5.

 

 

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

 

In 1955, a portion of the property was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 8, 1955, page 44, column 5.

 

By about 1957, a one-storey infill building was at the front of 1096 Denman Street. The older house at the rear was still present.

 

1096 Denman Street; detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; 1957; Vancouver City Archives; Dist P133; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

 

In 1962, the old houses on Lot 13 were gone, and developers were attempting to build a nine-storey apartment building at 1772 Comox Street. According to news reports, the architectural firm was Lort and Lort.

 

Southeast corner of Denman Street and Comox Street; detail from West End from the air, 1962; Vancouver City Archives, Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

 

However, the Vancouver city council delayed this development, along with several others. The council wanted to reduce obstructions to views in the city by limiting the width of buildings that were taller than 40 feet

 

Vancouver Province, February 21, 1962, page 5, columns 1-2.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, February 21, 1962, page 16, columns 7-8.

 

By the fall of 1963, suites in the Golden Gate apartment building at 1772 Comox Street were available to rent.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 13, 1963, page 41, column 8.

 

 

Golden Gate Apartments, 1772 Comox Street, August 26, 1963; detail from Aerial view from helicopter – West End and Apartment Houses; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 160-14; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-from-helicopter-west-end-and-apartment-houses.

 

Southeast corner of Denman Street and Comox Street; Google Maps, 3D view; searched February 20, 2020.

 

 

Former location of 1096 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched February 20, 2020; image dated April 2009.

 

The infill building at 1096 Denman Street is still present in 2020.

 

Infill building at 1096 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched February 20, 2020; image dated June 2017.