1216 Denman Street was on the east side of Denman Street, south of the intersection with Davie Street. It was part of a building that also included 1218 Denman Street.
The building appeared to have a tall, rectangular front, but the roof was actually a gable roof and the building had a false front.
Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 62; south half of Lot 14.
The building did not appear in the 1901 and 1903 versions of a Vancouver fire insurance plan. However, it was present in later plans.
There are two specific references to 1216 Denman Street in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched February 3, 2020].
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 62 Sub: Resub: Lot: 14|
|Street Name:||Denman Street|
|Remarks:||Repairs; alterations to store [VP]|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:|
|Street Name:||Denman Street|
Vancouver directory listings from 1908 to 1920.
|1908 to 1911||Marett and Reid|
|1912||Torrance, William Lorne|
|1913 to 1916||Jopson, James Butcher|
|1918 and 1920||Royal Dairy (Ice Cream Parlor)|
|1919 to 1920||Hendry, James Robertson|
From 1908 to 1911, Marett and Reid’s drug store was at 1216 Denman Street.
A pool hall occupied the premises from about 1913 to 1916.
From about 1918 to 1920, an ice cream parlor operated at this location.
In 1922, some of the contents of a restaurant at 1216 Denman Street were for sale by auction.
In the 1920s, a confectionery shop was operating at 1216 Denman Street.
In the late 1920s, the building was vacant.
In 1931, the Orange Grill was at 1216 Denman Street. George Rochelle was the proprietor.
In April 1931, the contents of a confectionery store (perhaps the Orange Grill) were for sale by auction at 1216 Denman Street.
George Nelson Rochelle died in Vancouver on December 17, 1934.
Honey Dew Tea Rooms
A branch of the Honey Dew Tea Rooms was at 1216 Denman Street in 1931 and 1932.
Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1932, page 925 [edited image].
From 1933 to early 1935, the building was vacant.
From mid-1935 to 1937, the Braemar Bakery had a store at 1216 Denman Street.
In the Vancouver directory street listings from 1938 to 1947, 1216 Denman Street was vacant.
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.
In 1958, a developer built the Berkeley Tower apartment building on the site. (The address is 1770 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/
George N Rochelle (1885 – 17 December 1934); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LB91-2TC.
“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SCGG : 16 March 2018), George Nelson La Rochelle in entry for John La Rochelle, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGG-15Z : 8 November 2017), George N Rochelle, 1934.