1224 Denman Street was on the east side of Denman Street, south of the intersection with Davie Street.
Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 62; south half of Lot 14.
The house appeared in the 1901 version of a Vancouver fire insurance plan.
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 January 18, 2020].
|Owner:||Hackmuth, E. W. (agent)|
|Architect:||Boldue, L. (contr.)|
|Builder:||Boldue, L. (contr.)|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:|
|Street Name:||Denman Street|
|Remarks:||Repairs; addition to dwelling [BCR]; [added DL]|
Vancouver directory listings from 1902 to 1920
|1902 to 1903||Henderson, Harold Morton|
|1904 to 1905||Sewell, Frank Crompton|
|1908||Marett, Albert Ernest|
|1909||Mitton, Edward Stanley|
|1910||de Lautour, Percival John Deck|
|1911 to 1913||Small, William|
|1915 to 1916||McCullouch, George F.|
|1917||Rene, Emile (Emil) Louis|
|1918 to 1920||Vacant|
The house was often available to rent, and the tenants moved in and out quite frequently.
In 1903, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.
The Edward Stanley Mitton family spent about one year at this location.
Princess Pat Tearoom
Sometime before 1920 there was an addition to the front of the house. (This might be the addition that appears in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database, above.)
According to some sources, the Princess Pat Tearoom was at 1224 Denman Street from 1915 until 1946. The proprietor was Aleck Gregory, who was also a fan of jazz music. He was born in Greece in 1885.
Aleck Gregory had been in Vancouver in 1912. He went back home to fight as an artillery officer during Greece’s war with Turkey.
In 1915, he was back in Vancouver. He was living at the West Hotel at 444 Carrall Street. He and James Lukas were operating the Greek Coffee House at 149 East Hastings Street.
The Vancouver directories did not list Princess Pat Tearooms until 1926. However, “Alex Gregory” was in the directory in 1921, and he was with the Esplanade Pavilion Limited, which was at 1214-1224 Denman Street. Suhlies (or Suhlus) Gost was the manager of the business.
Esplanade Pavilion Limited was incorporated in 1918.
Some references said that the address of the pavilion was 1795 Beach Avenue, which was actually across the lane and south of 1224 Denman Street.)
By 1926, Aleck Gregory was the proprietor at 1224 Denman Street, and the business was called the Princess Pat Tearooms.
In 1929, Aleck was charged with paying his employees less than the prescribed minimum wages.
The Princess Pat Tearooms carried on business at 1224 Denman Street through the 1930s and early 1940s.
There was a shortage of workers during the Second World War, and the tearoom was often advertising for help.
In October 1946, the building at 1224 Denman Street was demolished (along with the building at 1214 Denman Street).
After the Princess Pat Tearooms were gone, Aleck Gregory retired, although he lived in Vancouver until the late 1960s. He died in Vancouver on April 2, 1969.
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.)
Part of the Berkeley Tower development included a low-rise portion on the east side of Denman Street.
Rental units in the tower were available in 1959.
A new owner bought the building in 1967.
In the 1970s, a branch of the Bank of Montreal was at the southeast corner of Denman Street and Davie Street.
Reliance Properties bought Berkeley Tower in 2016, and the company prepared to renovate the building. The building’s tenants objected to the resulting “renovictions.”
In November 2019, the City of Vancouver approved the renovation scheme. The tenants were to receive a variety of assistance options, including compensation for the loss of their tenancies and offers of alternative rental units in the city.
Aleck Gregory (proprietor of Princess Pat Tearoom)
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY1-5JF : 8 November 2017), Alexander Gregory, 1969; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a0c95afc-55fb-4a3e-8a14-2804b23268b9.
“Remember?” [Obituary and memoir of Aleck Gregory], by Bob Smith, Vancouver Sun, April 25, 1969, page 27A.
Berkeley Tower owner increases buyout offer to tenants, by Dan Fumano; Vancouver Sun, November 26, 2018; https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dan-fumano-berkeley-tower-owner-increases-buyout-offer-to-tenants.
“City of Vancouver green lights overhaul of West End rental building Berkeley Towers,” by Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2019; https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/city-of-vancouver-green-lights-overhaul-of-west-end-rental-building-berkeley-towers.