821 Denman Street

821 Denman Street, Vancouver Province, October 21, 1905, page 24, columns 4-6.

821 Denman Street, Vancouver Province, October 21, 1905, page 24, columns 4-6.

 

William Edmund Thompson built this house in 1899.

 

“Vancouver’s Growing Time,” Vancouver Daily World, September 30, 1899, page 3, column 4.

 

821 Denman Street - under construction - detail from C T W Piper [in front of his] residence - 1768 Robson Street - City of Vancouver Archives - CVA 466-2

821 Denman Street – under construction – detail from C T W Piper [in front of his] residence – 1768 Robson Street – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 466-2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/c-t-w-piper-in-front-of-his-residence-1768-robson-street-near-denman-street.

By the fall of 1899, the Thompson family was living in the house.

 

Vancouver Province, October 6, 1899, page 8, column 1.

 

The house first appeared in the Vancouver directory in 1900.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 66; Lot 1.

 

1800 Block Robson Street - Denman Street to Gilford Street - detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 - Sheet 43

1800 Block Robson Street – Denman Street to Gilford Street – detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43.

 

1800 Block Robson Street - Denman Street to Gilford Street - detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 - Sheet 43

1800 Block Robson Street – Denman Street to Gilford Street – detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 43.

 

1800 Block Robson Street - south side - Denman Street to Gilford Street - detail from Goad's Atlas of the City of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 Plate 7

1800 Block Robson Street – south side – Denman Street to Gilford Street – detail from Goad’s Atlas of the City of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 Plate 7.

 

821 Denman Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-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 April 18, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-2138
Owner: O’Brien, W. E.
Architect:
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-10-25
Street Number: 821
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $100.00
Remarks: Garage; New;
Reference ID: VN-19215276-12

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1900 to 1920:

 

1900 to 1906 Thompson, William Edmund
1907 Macaulay, Henry Charles
1908 Vacant
1909 to 1910; 1917 to 1920; O’Brien, William Edward
1911 Elkin, Frank Lusty
1912 Bampton, Bertrand
1913 Evans, William D.
1914 Ravey, Martin James
1915 to 1916 Murphy, Agnes

 

In 1906, the house was for sale.

 

W E Thompson - Residence for Sale - Vancouver World - July 27 1906 - page 17

W E Thompson – Residence for Sale – Vancouver World – July 27 1906 – page 17.

 

In 1914 and 1916, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.

 

Vancouver Daily World, June 26, 1914, page 20, column 7.

 

821 Denman Street - Auction - Vancouver Province - December 2 1916 page 27

821 Denman Street – Auction – Vancouver Province – December 2, 1916 page 27.

 

In 1927, 1939 and 1951, the house was for sale.

 

821 Denman Street - For Sale - Vancouver Sun - August 11 1928 page 27

821 Denman Street – For Sale – Vancouver Sun – August 11 1928, page 27.

 

Vancouver Province, July 18, 1939, page 16, column 6.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 31, 1951, page 34, column 1.

 

821 Denman Street, detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

In 1955, house wreckers demolished the house.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 15, 1955, page 35, column 1.

 

The lot was later the location of the Canadian Bank of Commerce (which became the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce after a merger with the Imperial Bank of Canada in 1961).

 

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and 1961 Chevrolet police car, photo probably dated 1963; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 41494; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/466/41494.jpg.

 

In March 1963, a gunman attempted to rob the bank, but the bank manager overpowered the gunman.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1963, page 5, columns 7-8.

 

Dairy Queen and Breka

In 1999, the bank closed this location and merged it with its branch at Georgia Street and Burrard Street. (The bank later opened a branch at 1720 Robson Street.)

The building at 821 Denman Street became a Dairy Queen.

 

821 Denman Street; Google Streets, searched April 17, 2019; image dated April 2017.

 

In 2018 the front of the building was vacant.

 

821 Denman Street; Google Streets, searched April 17, 2019; image dated October 2018.

 

It later became the location of a Breka Bakery and Café; http://www.breka.ca/locations.

 

Sources

“Bank Quits Denman,” West End Times, December 3, 1999, volume 9, issue 49, page 1 [includes photograph of Denman Street branch at 821 Denman Street].

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