1840 Georgia Street

1840 Georgia Street (rear), tentative identification; 1953; detail from Crowds of school children boarding chartered motor buses, Alberni Street west of Denman Street; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 387-2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nst-7160.

 

1840 Georgia Street was on the south side of Georgia Street, between Denman Street and Gilford Street.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block: 65; Lot: 3.

Lot 3 was unoccupied in 1903.

 

1800 Block Georgia Street - detail from Insurance plan of the city of Vancouver - British Columbia - July 1897 - revised June 1903 - sheet 43; http://data2.archives.ca/e/e427/e010674745-v8.jpg.

1800 Block Georgia Street – detail from Insurance plan of the city of Vancouver – British Columbia – July 1897 – revised June 1903 – sheet 43; http://data2.archives.ca/e/e427/e010674745-v8.jpg.

 

 

According to the following plans, there were three structures on Lot 3 by 1912.

 

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.

 

 

1840 Georgia Street, 1840 Georgia Street (rear) and 1829 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 potential reference to a building on lot 3 with a Georgia Street address in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 (searched December 16, 2019). The street address is 1838 Georgia Street rather than 1840 Georgia Street. The owner should probably be J. J. Harford. (In the Vancouver directories from 1906 to 1910, John J. Harford appeared at 1840 Georgia Street.)

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Hasford, J. J. [Harford]
Architect: Hasford, J. J. [Harford]
Builder: Hasford, J. J. [Harford]
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: W 1/2 of 3
Date (Y-M-D): 1909-05-04
Street Number: 1838
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $1,200.00
Remarks: Frame store
Reference ID: VN-3007-3007-27

 

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1907 to 1920.

 

1907 to 1910 (“rear” in 1910) Harford, John James
1910 to 1912 Western Engine and Supply Company Limited
1911 to 1912 (rear); Harford, Frank
1913 Walker, A. Automobile Company (Archibald Walker)
1914 to 1921 Adair and Sutherland

 

In 1932, B.C. Scientific Instrument Manufacturers Limited was at 1832-1840 Georgia Street. The photograph below shows a new building, which appears to be a replacement for an earlier building on the site.

 

B.C. Scientific Instrument Manufacturers at 1840 West Georgia Street; August 22, 1932; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 99-4241; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-c-scientific-instrument-manufacturers-at-1840-west-georgia-street.

 

 

Vancouver Province, September 29, 1932, page 14, column 4.

 

In 1933, space in the building was for rent.

 

Vancouver Province, October 23, 1933, page 15, column 1.

 

In 1934, the Vancouver Sun advertised a bailiff’s auction at Pascoe’s Boat Wharf. The advertisement gave the address as 1840 Georgia Street. (The wharf itself was a short distance away, on Coal Harbour, at the north end of Denman Street. Further information appears on the page for Pascoe and Woron: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/business-names/pascoe-and-woron/.)

 

Vancouver Sun, January 2, 1934, page 13, column 4.

 

From the 1930s to the early 1950s, 1840 Georgia Street was home to a series of boat dealers, marine products businesses and machinists.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1939, page 22, column 7.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, June 10, 1941, page 21, column 2.

 

 

Edmonton Journal, April 3, 1943, page 3, columns 1-3.

 

 

Vancouver Province, August 29, 1945, page 16, column 6.

 

 

Vancouver Province, September 21, 1945, page 24, column 8.

 

 

In 1947, Western Air Cooled Engines Limited advertised its business at 1838 West Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, October 10, 1947, page 31, column 6.

 

Later sources placed Western Air Cooled Engines at 1840 Georgia Street.

 

 

Vancouver News-Herald, December 25, 1950, page 24, column 6.

 

In 1954, Coast Quarries Limited was at this location.

 

Vancouver Province, July 5, 1954, page 10, column 8.

 

In 1956, McKinley Driving Schools moved from 1764 Robson Street to 1840 Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, February 25, 1956, page 7, columns 6-7.

 

The driving school was for sale in 1980.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 12, 1980, page 28, columns 1-2.

 

William Archibald (“Bill”) McKinley, the operator of the driving school, died in 1987.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 10, 1987, page 27, columns 2-3.

 

Bill’s wife, Norma Doris Mckinley (née Ireland), died in 2008.

 

“Norma Dorris McKinley passed away at KGH on July 14th, 2008 at the age of 92. Norma was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She proudly served in WWII with the British Air Force where she met her husband William (Bill) McKinley during the war. They were married in England following the war and moved to Vancouver, settled in W. Van. She helped him set-up McKinley Driving Schools. Norma was predeceased by her husband in 1987. Norma moved to Kelowna in 2000 where she resided at Hawthorn Park and Three Links Manor. She is survived by her son Martin (Mary-Lou) McKinley of North Vancouver, daughter Susan (David) MacIntyre of Kelowna, grandchildren Debbie Price, Teresa McKinley-Harris, Kelly Bartlem, Tracy Jensen, Steven Hill and by six great granddaughters, Jade, Mikaela, Kirby, Jaimie, Sydney and Shelby. By request, no service will be held. A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. She will be sadly missed.” Kelowna Capital News, Jul 14, 2008; https://www.kelownacapnews.com/obituaries/norma-dorris-mckinley/.

 

 

The lot later became part of the Lumière condominium development at 1863 Alberni Street.

 

 

1800 block Alberni Street (north side); source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

1800 block Alberni Street (north side); source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

 

 

1863 Alberni Street; Google Streets; searched March 20, 2019; image dated September 2011.

1863 Alberni Street; Google Streets; searched March 20, 2019; image dated September 2011.

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