1800 Georgia Street

Two unknown men standing at the entrance to Ensign Motor Supply Company, 1800 West Georgia Streeet, about 1926. Detail from Vancouver City Archives, Str N46.01 – [Ensign Motor Supply Company, 1800 West Georgia St.], about 1926, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ensign-motor-supply-company-1800-west-georgia-st.

 

Vancouver City Archives, Str N46.01 - [Ensign Motor Supply Company, 1800 West Georgia St.], about 1926, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ensign-motor-supply-company-1800-west-georgia-st

Vancouver City Archives, Str N46.01 – [Ensign Motor Supply Company, 1800 West Georgia St.], about 1926, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ensign-motor-supply-company-1800-west-georgia-st.

1800 Georgia Street was a small, one-storey building at the southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street. For a time it was a grocery store and confectionery. The site was vacant in the 1921 and 1922 Vancouver directories. Later it became the location of a marine engine business.

The available photographs suggest that the building above may not be the original building on the site. This building may earlier have been the Victory Tea Rooms, which was at the northwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street. (The 1919 Vancouver directory listed George L. Kipp’s grocery at 1801 Georgia Street.)

 

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913. [There is some doubt about the date: the small building in front of the arena does not appear in the Vancouver directories until 1919. As well, the name “Victory Tea Rooms” may refer to the end of the First World War.]

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913.

 

Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913.

Detail from Arena at 1805 Georgia at Denman, VPL Accession Number: 6549, Date: 1913.  There is some doubt about the date: the small building in front of the arena did not appear in the Vancouver directories until 1919. As well, the name “Victory Tea Rooms” may refer to the end of the First World War.

 

Another possibility is that the tea room and the Ensign Motor Supply Company occupied two different buildings, even though they seem to have the same general proportions.

 

1800 Block Georgia Street - detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1800 Block Georgia Street – detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.

 

1814 Georgia Street, 1800 Georgia Street and 1815 Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1; Vancouver City Archives, 1972-582.23; 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 1800 West Georgia Street in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched October 1, 2019]. (The small value and the notation “Repairs/Alterations” indicate that the permit was not for the construction of a complete building.)

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-849
Owner: Gamage, Mrs. M.
Architect:
Builder: Baker, S. B.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-05-10
Street Number: 1800
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $100.00
Remarks: Office/Store; Repairs/Alterations;
Reference ID: VN-19215248-10

 

By contrast, the 1918 permit for Mr. Kipp’s store building at 1801 West Georgia Street was for the more substantial amount of $1,000.

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 9709
Owner: Kipp, J. L.
Architect: Pender Carpenter Shop
Builder: Pender Carpenter Shop
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 64 Sub: Resub: Lot: 1
Date (Y-M-D): 1918-11-28
Street Number: 1801
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $1,000.00
Remarks: Office/Store; store building [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-1240-1241-22

 

Addresses at 1800 to 1808 Georgia Street from 1911 to mid-1980s (Vancouver directories, newspapers and other sources).

 

1911 to 1912 No listings under Vancouver streets
1913 Charles E. Jennings sporting goods (1800 Georgia Street)
1914 Kenneth Arthur Craig, machinery; Archibald Walker, automobile engineer (1800 Georgia Street)
1915 A G Guere [sic] and Company, confectionery and skates (1800 Georgia Street)
1916 to 1918 Alphonse Giguere (1800 Georgia Street)
1919 to 1920 Arthur Edmund Carson (confectionery) (1800 Georgia Street)
1921 Vacant (1800 Georgia Street)
1922 Eugene Lacerte (confectionery) (1800 Georgia Street)
1923 Mrs. Eugene Lacerte (confectionery) (1800 Georgia Street)
1924 to 1930 Ensign Motor Supply Company (1800 Georgia Street)
1931 Nautilus Marine Limited
1932 Vacant (1806 Georgia Street and 1808 Georgia Street)
1933 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Brown-Johnston Canadian Limited (1806 Georgia Street); Vacant (1808 Georgia Street)
1934 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Brown-Johnston Canadian Limited (1806 Georgia Street); 1808 Georgia Street not listed under Vancouver streets)
1935 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Brown-Johnston Canadian Limited (lamp shades) (1808 Georgia Street)
1936 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Cottage Tea Room (1806 Georgia Street); Purcell Hall (1808 Georgia Street).
1937 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Barr’s Fountain Lunch (1806 Georgia Street); Purcell Hall; B.C. School of Church Music; Sound Service (acoustical engineering)(1808 Georgia Street).
1938 to 1939 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Barr’s Fountain Lunch (1806 Georgia Street); Purcell Hall; Purcell Hall School of Church Music; Sound Service (acoustical engineering)(1808 Georgia Street).
1940 to 1943 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Barr’s Fountain Lunch (W.J. Barr)(1806 Georgia Street); Purcell Hall; Purcell Hall School of Church Music (1808 Georgia Street).
1944 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Barr’s Fountain Lunch (W.J. Barr)(1806 Georgia Street); Christian Institute (1808 Georgia Street).
1945 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Barr’s Fountain Lunch (W.J. Barr)(1806 Georgia Street); Parkway Gospel Hall (1808 Georgia Street).
1946 to 1954 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Mike’s Café (1806 Georgia Street); Parkway Gospel Hall (1808 Georgia Street).
1955 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street); Juli-Ann Coffee Shop (1808 Georgia Street)
1956 to 1981 Royal Bank (1802 Georgia Street)
1957 to 1961 Seagull Restaurant (1808 Georgia Street)
1963 to 1965 Vancouver Boat Shop (1808 Georgia Street)
Early 1970s Annarva Sales ( furniture and television sales) (1808 Georgia Street)
1973 “The Texan” (family restaurant) (1808 Georgia Street)
1974 to 1981 Annarva Sales ( furniture and television sales) (1808 Georgia Street)
Mid 1980s Australian Sheepskin Products (1808 Georgia Street)

 

Ensign Motor Supply Company

From 1924 to about 1930, the Ensign Motor Supply Company was at 1800 Georgia Street.

 

Calgary Herald, March 15, 1924, page 22, column 8.

 

Ensign Motor Supply first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1921. It was at 1683 West Georgia Street from 1921 until about 1924, when it moved to 1800 West Georgia Street. About 1930, it moved to 1729 West Georgia Street.

 

Ensign Motor Supply Limited, 1729 West Georgia Street; detail from A. Linton and Company Limited and Ensign Motor Supply Limited at 1729-1737 West Georgia Street; 1936; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 99-4982; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/linton-and-company-limited-and-ensign-motor-supply-limited-at-1729-1737-west-georgia-street.

 

By 1938, Ensign Motor Supply was back at 1683 West Georgia Street.

In 1941, the business at 1683 West Georgia was Simson Maxwell Limited. George Simson (1900-1983), the son of Calvert Simson, was one of the directors of Simson Maxwell. Robert Quarrington Maxwell (1909-1967) was the other director.

 

Vancouver Province, April 19, 1941, page 26, column 2.

 

Nautilus Marine Limited

In late 1930 and in 1931, Nautilus Marine Limited was at 1800 West Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, September 18, 1930, page 14, column 7.

 

 

New Building

By 1932, a new building had arisen on the site. The Royal Bank of Canada’s branch was on the corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street, with an address of 1802 West Georgia Street.

 

Southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street; detail from 1802 W. Georgia Street, 1978; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 786-8.02; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1802-w-georgia-street.

 

The Royal Bank had moved from its earlier branch at the corner of Georgia Street and Bidwell Street.

 

RBC Pensioners’ Network British Columbia Cell; Volume 8, Issue 2, April 1, 2013, page 1: http://www.rbc.com/pensioners/associations/files/victoria/RBC_Pen_NL_V8_Iss_2.pdf. (Further information at RBC Pensioners’ Network British Columbia Cell; Volume 8, Issue 3, July 1, 2013, page 1; http://www.rbc.com/pensioners/associations/files/victoria/RBC_Pen_NL_V8_Iss_3.pdf.)

 

From the 1930s to the 1950s a series of restaurants was at 1806 West Georgia Street, including Mrs. D. Ransom’s “Cottage Tea Room” in 1936, William J. Barr’s “Barr’s Fountain Lunch” from 1937 to 1945, and Michael Spanik’s “Mike’s Café” from 1946 to 1954.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 23, 1946, page 6, column 1.

 

Brown-Johnston Canadian Limited, a lamp-manufacturing and retailing business, had a retail outlet at 1808 West Georgia Street. The company was incorporated in 1932. William Newport Bunting (1884-1975) was the company’s manager.

 

Victoria Daily Times, September 2, 1932, page 6, column 2.

 

Attempted Bank Burglary

In October 1933, the Vancouver City Police became aware of an attempt to tunnel into the Royal Bank’s vault.

The tunnel started in a house to the west of the building at the corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street. The house may have been at 1814 Georgia Street.

 

1814 Georgia Street, detail from Vancouver City Archives, Str N46.01 – [Ensign Motor Supply Company, 1800 West Georgia St.], about 1926; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ensign-motor-supply-company-1800-west-georgia-st.

 

The scheme failed when the tunnel was unable to get through the foundations of the building’s heating plant, which was in the Brown-Johnston portion of the building.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 4, 1933, page 1, column 5; page 15, columns 7-8. [Note: the terms “yeggs” and “yeggmen” refer to burglars or safe-crackers.]

 

The robbers were later caught in connection with another bank holdup.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 30, 1933, page 1, column 6; page 12, column 5.

 

Purcell Hall and the British Columbia School of Church Music

Brown-Johnston Canadian Limited was at 1808 West Georgia Street until about 1935. The next occupants were a venue for musical performances and a music school that was inspired by a school of English church music.

In 1933, Leonard Wilson (1911-1963), a talented musician from Vancouver, had been studying at St. Nicholas College of Music at Chislehurst, Kent, England.

 

Vancouver Province, June 10, 1933, page 18, columns 4-6.

 

Dr. Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875-1947) was the warden of the College of St. Nicholas at Chislehurst, Kent, and the head of the School of English Church Music. (Dr. Nicholson had earlier been the organist and choir master at Westminster Abbey in London.)

In December 1934, Dr. Nicholson stopped in Vancouver as part of his world tour to promote church music.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1934, page 17, column 5.

 

Dr. Nicholson’s tour later included visits to other North American cities.

 

Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts); December 29, 1934, page 9, column 1.

 

Dr. Nicholson became Sir Sydney Nicholson in 1938. He died in 1947.

 

Sir Sydney Nicholson, “Obituary.” Times (London, England), May 31, 1947, page 7, column 5 [selected portions].

 

In 1936, British Columbia developed its own School of Church Music at Purcell Hall. The “hall,” which was in the fairly small space at 1808 West Georgia Street, provided room for school facilities and an auditorium.

At the inauguration of the school, Leonard Wilson gave a lecture on life at St. Nicholas School of Church Music.

 

Vancouver Province, November 21, 1936, page 8, column 2.

 

The principal teacher at the school was John Frederick Chubb (1885-1966) (often known as “J.F. Chubb” or “Frederick Chubb”).

After a long career, Frederick died on March 6, 1966.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1966, page 29, column 2.

 

Frederick’s son, John Arthur Chubb (about 1914-2001) also taught at the school. (He was sometimes called “Arthur Chubb.”)

 

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: John Arthur Chubb; Occupation: Organist; Year: 1935; Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Electoral District: Vancouver Centre.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 21, 1936, page 16, column 3 [first portion of article].

 

Vancouver Province, January 16, 1937, page 8, column 7.

 

Hammond Organ

Arthur Chubb’s students at Purcell Hall sometimes used an early model Hammond organ, which generated sound from a series of rotating metal tonewheels.

 

 

A series of drawbars allowed the organist to choose a wide variety of tones that were intended to replicate the various stops in a pipe organ.

 

 

An amplifier and speaker allowed the organist and the audience to hear the music.

 

 

Later, the Hammond organ became popular with other styles of music, and organists developed new sounds that were not imitations of traditional pipe organ sounds. As well, the Leslie speaker, with its rotating chamber and rotating horns, became part of the Hammond organ sound.

 

 

Leslie 122, rear, with back baffles removed; Church Sound: Three Ways To Mic A Hammond B3 Organ; https://www.prosoundweb.com/channels/church/church_sound11/#.

 

 

Arthur Chubb: Marriage to Margaret Almina Eligh

In March 1942, Arthur Chubb married Margaret Almina Eligh at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1942, page 6, column 5.

 

Arthur died in Richmond, British Columbia on July 17, 2001.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 19, 2001, page E8, column 1.

 

Leonard Wilson: Later Life

From the 1930s to the early 1960s, Leonard Wilson continued to be involved in the Vancouver music scene. He was an organist, choir leader, music teacher, and later a music critic for the Vancouver Sun. He died in Vancouver on April 22, 1963.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 22, 1963, page 6, column 1.

 

Purcell Hall and the School of Church Music were gone from Georgia Street by about 1943. (For more on Purcell Hall, see “Forgotten Purcell Hall,” Vancouver as it Was, September 29, 2019; https://vanasitwas.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/forgotten-purcell-hall/.)

 

Later Years

The Royal Bank remained on the corner portion of the property until about 1981.

 

Southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street, looking south; detail from Denman and Georgia streets looking south; [between 1980 and 1997]; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 772-537; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/denman-and-georgia-streets-looking-south.

 

The rest of the building was home to a series of retail businesses.

 

Southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street, looking west ; detail from Denman and Georgia streets looking west; [between 1980 and 1997]; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 772-538; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/denman-and-georgia-streets-looking-west.

 

In 1969, Annarva Sales was a furniture and television retail store, with an address of 1808 West Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, January 31, 1969, page 14, column 2.

 

Annarva Sales, 1808 West Georgia Street, 1978; detail from 1802 W. Georgia Street, 1978; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 786-8.02; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1802-w-georgia-street.

 

In 1981, Maynard’s Auctions held a receivership sale for Price Waterhouse, which was the receiver-manager for Annarva Sales Limited.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1981, page D4, columns 1-6.

 

In the mid-1980s, a sheepskin products firm was at 1808 West Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 6, 1985, page F7, column 6.

 

By the late 1990s, a new building was on the property. The most prominent tenant since then has been the Running Room, which sells equipment for runners and organizes running activities throughout the year.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 5, 1999, page 11, columns 4-6.

 

Southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street; Google Streets; searched October 1, 2019; image dated May 2009.

 

 

Southwest corner of Georgia Street and Denman Street; Google Streets; searched October 1, 2019; image dated May 2019.

 

Sources

Brown-Johnston Canada Limited

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS88-PN9 : 11 March 2018), William Newport Bunting and Ruby Luella Jones, 25 Dec 1912; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,906,652.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBG-YJX : 8 November 2017), William Newport Bunting, 1975.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYH-DYG : 8 November 2017), Ruby Luella Bunting, 1969. [Ruby Luella Bunting née Jones; wife of William Newport Buntin.]

 

Attempted Bank Robbery

“Bandits Tunnel City Bank,” Vancouver News-Herald, October 4, 1933, page 1, column 8; page 2, column 5.

 

Frederick Chubb (musician)

Waterlow, D. Barry, “Frederick Chubb”. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published May 10, 2007; Last Edited February 21, 2017. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/frederick-chubb-emc

Hammond organ, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammond_organ

Leslie speaker, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_speaker

 

Leonard Wilson (musician)

Leonard Wilson, Canadian Encyclopedia, by Margaret Drynan; published online: July 5, 2007; last edited: December 13, 2013; https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/leonard-wilson-emc: “Leonard Wilson. Organist-choirmaster, composer, lecturer, writer, b near Manchester 1911, d Vancouver 22 Apr 1963; LTCL 1929, honorary FTCL 1947. Though his family emigrated to Vancouver when he was 9, Wilson returned to England at 18 for five years of study at the TCL and the RSCM.”

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