1204 Denman Street

1204 Denman Street was on the east side of Denman Street, south of Davie Street.

The available fire insurance plans do not show an individual building with this address.


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.


A 1929 reference said that the location was “one door from Davie Street.”


Vancouver Province, January 19, 1929, page 14, column 6.


There was a small one-storey building attached to the south wall of 1200 Denman Street, and 1204 Denman Street seems to have referred to that building.


Southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie 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.


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 24, 2020].


District: Vancouver
Permit: 10903
Owner: Bradbury, Arthur H.
Architect: Owner
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1919-11-05
Street Number: 1204
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $250.00
Remarks: Repairs; Alterations to stair [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-1433-1434-12


Vancouver directory listings from 1915 to 1949.


1915 to 1919 Not listed under Vancouver names
1920 to 1923 English Bay Bakery
1924 to 1925 Bradbury, Arthur Henry
1926 to 1928 English Bay Bakery
1929 to 1932 Hemstitching Shop (sometimes English Bay Hemstitching Shop)
1933 Vacant
1934 to 1942 Beach Lunch
1943 to 1944 Vacant
1945 to 1948 Willow Nut Shop
1949 Not listed under Vancouver names (Willow Confectionery at 1200 Denman Street. It later moved to 2637 Commercial Drive.)


This 1930 image shows the sign for the English Bay Hemstitching Shop, which appears to be in the small building to the south of 1200 Denman Street.


Southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street; August 3, 1930; detail from English Bay scene; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 99-2121; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-scene-4.


In 1931, the contents of a bakery and confectionery at 1204-1208 Denman Street were for sale by auction.


Vancouver Sun, January 7, 1931, page 16, column 5.


The English Bay Hemstitching Shop was still advertising in June 1932.


Vancouver Province, June 29, 1932, page 18, column 2.


From the mid-1930s to the 1940s, a café and a confectionery were at 1204 Denman Street.

In the 1930s, Knud Jensen was the operator of the “Beach Lunch” café at 1204 Denman Street.


Sun British Columbia Directory, 1934, page 789 [edited image].


Sun British Columbia Directory, 1934, page 1167.



Vancouver Sun, October 19, 1945, page 13, column 4.


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


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


Berkeley Tower

In 1958, a developer built the Berkeley Tower apartment building on the site. (The address is 1770 Davie Street.)


Berkeley Tower Apartments under construction, detail from Residences in the 1700 block of Davie Street, July 1958; Vancouver City Archives, Bu P508.3; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/residences-in-1700-block-of-davie-street.


Further information appears on the page for 1224 Denman Street: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/streets-a-to-h/denman-street/1000-to-1200-block-denman-street/1224-denman-street/.

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