986 Denman Street

986 Denman Street is near the northeast corner of Denman Street and Nelson Street.

Until about 1911, the lot was vacant.

 

Denman Street – east side – between Barclay Street and Nelson Street – Vancouver Public Library – VPL 2653 – about 1904.

 

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.

 

980 Denman Street; 986 Denman Street; 990 Denman Street; 994 Denman Street; 996 Denman Street; 998 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 August 10, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Austin, A. E.
Architect: Brehant [Brehaut], W. W.
Builder: Atkins, J. E.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 58 Sub: Resub: Lot: S 1/2 15
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-12-06
Street Number: 986-990-994
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $2,500.00
Remarks: Frame stores
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-709

 

The owner was Albert Ernest Austin (1878-1931).

The person named as “architect” on the building permit was Wellington Whitfield Brehaut (1870–1915), who was actually a building contractor.

 

Vancouver Province, August 28, 1911, page 21, column 3.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1916, page 2, column 5.

 

Vancouver Province, May 10, 1916, page 15, column 1.

 

The builder was probably James Ernest Atkins (1879-1962).

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 192.

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1913 to 1920.

 

1913 Vacant
1914 Moore, Edith Alice (wife of Walter Stuart Moore)
1915 Webster, Charles
1916 to 1918 Vacant
1919 Morrison, Forrest Ephram
1920 Denman Confectionery
1920 Dudney, Thomas Ernest

 

From the 1920s to the 1950s, a series of grocery stores and confectioneries occupied the site, sometimes with living accommodations on part of the property.

 

Vancouver Province, May 10, 1934, page 19, column 4.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934, page 13, column 6.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 9, 1952, page 48, column 8.

 

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

 

Denman Street and Nelson Street, northeast 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.

 

From the 1950s to the 1970s, a branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia was at 986 Denman Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 28, 1959, page 34, column 5.

 

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

 

Vancouver Province, March 16, 1974, page 34, column 7.

 

A television retail store later took over the site.

 

Vancouver Province, November 15, 1984, page H7, column 2.

 

In 1990 the building was for lease.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 25, 1990, page F3, column 5.

 

Captain Video occupied the property for part of the 1990s.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 6, 1998, page C8, column 1.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 17, 1999, page D15, columns 9-10.

 

A series of retail businesses has continued to occupy the site until the present time.

 

986 Denman Street and 990 Denman Street, Vanmapp, City of Vancouver; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net/default.aspx. [Includes 1912 Goad’s map of Vancouver and property addresses in 2019.]

986 Denman Street and 990 Denman Street; Northeast corner of Denman Street and Nelson Street; Google Maps; 3D view; searched August 9, 2019.

 

986 Denman Street and 990 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched August 9, 2019; image dated May 2009.

 

986 Denman Street and 990 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched August 9, 2019; image dated May 2014.

 

 

986 Denman Street and 990 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched August 9, 2019; image dated October 2018.

 

Sources

 Ernie’s Hot Wax Ltd.; https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmv/6900977051.

 

Wellington Whitfield Brehaut (listed as architect on building permit)

Wellington Whitefield Brehaut (30 December 1870 – 11 May 1915;) https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L618-5PP.

Wellington Whitfield Brehaut (Birth: 30 DEC 1870, Murray Harbour, lot 64 PEI, Canada; Death: 11 MAY 1915, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada) (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVNC-9T5 : 20 May 2019), Wellington Brehaut in household of Joseph Brehaut, Lot 64, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing Joseph Brehaut, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-GF6 : 18 March 2018), Wellington W Brehaut in household of Amelia Fraser, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-QQH : 11 March 2018), Wellington Whitefield Brehaut and Florence Elizabeth Morrison, 28 Sep 1904; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

Florence Elizabeth Morrison (1875–1911); Birth: 1875, London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada; Death: 28 AUG 1911, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK1-72C : 8 November 2017), Florence Elizabeth Brehaut, 1911.

 

James Ernest Atkins (building contractor)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27XY-37M : 16 March 2018), James E Atkins, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 19-50, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,662.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29JH-97J : 13 March 2018), James Ernest Atkins, 1917-1918; citing Seattle City no 10, Seattle City no 11, Washington, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,991,931.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Naturalization Records, 1840-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887-1940; Microfilm Roll: 17; Microfilm Serial: M1524. Name: James Ernest Atkins; Gender: Male; Declaration Age: 45; Record Type: Declaration; Birth Date: 16 Nov 1879; Birth Place: Canada; Arrival year: 1922; Residence Place: California; Declaration Date: 17 Jan 1925; Declaration Place: California, USA; Spouse: Priscilla Atkins; Court: District Court.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5D-P83 : 8 November 2017), Priscilla Atkins, 1950.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTZ-HBP : 8 November 2017), James Ernest Atkins, 1962.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W36M-95N2 : 6 June 2019), James Ernest Atkins, ; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Forest Lawn Memorial Park; citing record ID 180291325, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180291325: “James Ernest Atkins; Birth: 17 Nov 1879, Ontario, Canada; Death: 13 Mar 1962 (aged 82), North Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID: 180291325.”