958 Denman Street

 

Denman Street - east side - between Barclay Street and Nelson Street - Vancouver Public Library - VPL 2653 - about 1904 - marked with street names

Denman Street, east side, between Barclay Street and Nelson Street (facing northeast), about 1904; Vancouver Public Library, VPL 2653.

 

958 Denman Street was one of three houses near the southeast corner of Denman Street and Barclay Street. (The house numbers were 944 Denman Street, 952 Denman Street, and 958 Denman Street, although the Vancouver directories in some years identified the houses with different numbers.)

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 58; Lot 14B.

 

Denman Street - between Barclay Street and Nelson Street - detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver - July 1897 - revised June 1901 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Denman Street – between Barclay Street and Nelson Street – detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver – July 1897 – revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

Denman Street - between Barclay Street and Nelson Street - detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver - July 1897 - revised June 1903 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Denman Street – between Barclay Street and Nelson Street – detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver – July 1897 – revised June 1903 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

Denman Street between Barclay Street and Nelson 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 Barclay Street and Nelson 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.

 

944 Denman Street; 952 Denman Street; 958 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver Vol. 1; 1913-1920; Chas. E. Goad Company; Plate 55; Vancouver City Archives; Item : 1972-582.30; [Cardero Street to Haro Street to Denman Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-55-cardero-street-to-haro-street-to-denman-street-to-comox-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 December 25, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 5115
Owner: Gall, J.
Architect: Dixon & Murray
Builder: Dixon & Murray
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1913-06-09
Street Number: 958
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $200.00
Remarks: Dwelling house
Reference ID: VN-3400-3401-988

 

Early Address Listings

The early Vancouver directory listings for 958 Denman Street were not consistent.

In 1900 and 1901, the directory referred to 954 Denman Street.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 946 [surname spelled “Widdincombe”].

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 946 [surname spelled “Widdincombe”].

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 778.

 

As well, the house that was normally called 944 Denman appeared as “950 Denman” in the 1900-1901 directory.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 681.

 

In contrast to the directory listings, a 1900 newspaper notice for Harry Widdicombe properly referred to “958 Denman Street.”

 

Victoria Daily Times, February 23, 1900, page 8, column 6.

 

By 1902, the directory was using “958 Denman Street.” to refer to this house. (Another numbering change was that the house at 952 Denman Street in 1900-1901 appeared as 954 Denman Street in the 1902 directory.)

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1902, page 527.

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1900 to 1920.

 

1900 Widdicomb, Harry Templer (listed as 954 Denman Street)
1901 Smith, Evelyn Fenwick (listed as 954 Denman Street)
1902 to 1903 Smith, Evelyn Fenwick
1904 to 1905 Evans, Alexander Kidd
1906 to 1914 Gall, John Stewart
1915 to 1917 Watt, John W.
1918 to 1919 Janion, Henry Cheshyre
1920 Vacant

 

In 1915, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.

 

Vancouver Province, July 29, 1915, page 13, column 4.

 

Vancouver Province, July 31, 1915, page 23, column 5.

 

From the 1930s to the early 1950s, the house offered rental accommodation.

 

Vancouver Province, February 11, 1936, page 15, column 2.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 27, 1941, page 22, column 1.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 20, 1950, page 29, column 1.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 14, 1953, page 41, column 7.

 

The 1953 Vancouver directory still listed 944, 952 and 958 Denman Street.

 

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1953, page 812.

 

However, in 1954, the houses at 952 Denman Street and 958 Denman Street were gone, and only 944 Denman Street was remaining. It was the site of the Dineland Café.

 

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1954, page 864.

 

900 Block of Denman Street (east side); detail from First Beach, 1954 ; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

Since about 1956, a Bank of Montreal building has been on the site of the former 952 Denman Street and 958 Denman Street. The bank’s address is 958 Denman Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 19, 1956, page 31, column 5.

 

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

 

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

 

958 Denman Street, Google Streets; searched November 18, 2019; image dated May 2012.

 

958 Denman Street, Google Streets; searched November 18, 2019; image dated April 2009.

4 thoughts on “958 Denman Street

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