743 Denman Street was on the southwest corner of Denman Street and Alberni Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 65; north half of Lot 29.
There is one reference to Lot 29 in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched June 28, 2019]. However, it is not clear which houses were part of the permit.
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 29|
|Street Name:||Alberni Street & Denman Street|
|Remarks:||Two frame dwellings $1,500 each|
Vancouver directory listings from 1905 to 1921:
|1905||Hulme, John Herbert Donaldson|
|1906||Finlayson, Donald Bain|
|1908 to 1910||Grubbe, Eustace Haselwood|
|1911 to 1913||Ponsford, Alice|
|1914 to 1919||Berridge, Thomas William|
|1920 and 1921||Prowse, Cecil Axford|
In the early 1920s, the house began offering individual rooms for rent, although sometimes the entire house was available.
In 1939, the rooming house business was for sale.
In 1957, the houses at 743 Denman Street, 751 Denman Street and 761 Denman Street were to be demolished, along with the house at 1800 Alberni Street.
A low-rise commercial building later appeared on the site.
In 2018, a developer called Landa Global announced plans to build a 21-storey condominium tower on the site, with affordable accommodations on the lower floors.
“Landa Global to develop luxurious tower at 1810 Alberni Street,” by Peter Meiszner, January 11, 2018; https://urbanyvr.com/landa-global-1810-alberni-denman:
“Vancouver-based Landa Global has acquired a prominent corner at Denman and Alberni in the West End, with plans for a 21-storey luxury condominium tower, with affordable housing units on the lower floors.
The upcoming tower, at 1810 Alberni Street, will have 36 high-end, luxury units on the upper floors, and 24 affordable market rental housing units on the second and third floors.
There will also be 3,906 sq. ft. of commercial retail space on the ground floor. . . .
The building will replace an existing one-storey retail building currently home to Ciao Bello Italian restaurant, a bike rental shop, and the Blind Sparrow restaurant.”
Note: later sources state that the address of the new building would be 1818 Alberni Street: 1818 Alberni by Landa Global; http://vancouver4life.com/1818-alberni-landa-global/.
“Two-lobe floor plan for family-oriented West End development could get the green light this week,” by Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, April 1, 2018; https://www.straight.com/news/1051901/two-lobe-floor-plan-family-oriented-west-end-development-could-get-green-light-week.