1954 Georgia Street, 1964 Georgia Street, 1968 Georgia Street and 1974 Georgia Street.

Downing residence [1954 Georgia Street], 1903, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 2517; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1103/2517.jpg.

Downing residence [1954 Georgia Street], 1903, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 2517; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1103/2517.jpg.

 

In 1899, G.W. Blackman obtained a permit to build four houses on Georgia Street.

 

“Vancouver’s Growing Time,” Vancouver Daily World, September 30, 1899, page 3, column 4 (Georgia Street).

 

The houses were near the corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street. The house numbers were 1954, 1964, 1968, and 1974.

 

1900 block Georgia Street, about 1909; detail from Man in scull on south side of Coal Harbour; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 7-267; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/man-in-scull-on-south-side-of-coal-harbour.

 

A Note on the Architect

G.W. Blackman appeared in the 1899-1900 Vancouver directory as an architect, living at 1225 Georgia Street. Sydney Blackman, a builder, was also living at 1225 Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver City Directory, 1899-1900, page 113

Vancouver City Directory, 1899-1900, page 113

 

G.W. Blackman may have been living in Melbourne, Australia, in the early 1890s.

 

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, May 7, 1890, page 8, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/196970986

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, May 7, 1890, page 8, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/196970986.

 

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria), October 10, 1891, page 11, column 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/imageservice/nla.news-page18425541/print

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria), October 10, 1891, page 11, column 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/imageservice/nla.news-page18425541/print.

 

It appears that he was George W. Blackman, who was born in Australia in 1857.

 

Victoria and Its Metropolis, Past and Present, by Alexander Sutherland; Melbourne, Australia, McCarron, Bird & Company, 1888, page 630, column 2; https://books.google.ca/books?id=WUU7AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA630#v=onepage&q&f=false.

 

In the 1901 Canada census, a contractor named “George W. Blakman” was living in Victoria, British Columbia [“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHV2-4B5 : 16 December 2019), George W Blakman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 4, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.]

 

An architect named G. W. Blackman was in Wellington, New Zealand in 1907.

 

The Evening Post (Wellington, New Zealand), October 30, 1907, page 9, column 9; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/evening-post/1907/10/30/9.

 

No further information is available for this person.

 

The Houses

The four houses on Georgia Street were essentially the same design, although two were mirror images of the others.

 

Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

The following photograph shows 1954 Georgia Street, with a portion of 1964 Georgia Street on the right.

 

 

1954 Georgia Street - Downing Residence - 1901 - Vancouver Public Library - VPL Accession Number 2516; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1103/2516.jpg

1954 Georgia Street – Downing Residence – 1901 – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 2516; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1103/2516.jpg

 

 

This is a detail of 1954 Georgia Street.

 

Downing residence at 1954 West Georgia, 1903, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 4153; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1104/4153.jpg

Downing residence at 1954 West Georgia, 1903, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 4153; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1104/4153.jpg.

 

In 1904, Whitfield Walker Stuart built a short-lived infill building at the front of lot 13. It appears to be a pre-fabricated building, possibly from the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company.

 

"Store - W.W. Stuart, Vancouver, BC.", British Columbia Archives, Item E-00502; http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/store-w-w-stuart-vancouver-bc.

“Store – W.W. Stuart, Vancouver, BC.”, British Columbia Archives, Item E-00502; http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/store-w-w-stuart-vancouver-bc.

 

In 1908, Whitfield Walker Stuart built a new building at the corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street; its main street address was 1974 Georgia Street.

 

Stuart Building - City of Vancouver Archives - CVA 447-85 - [Stuart] Bldg. [near Stanley] Park Entrance [Georgia and Chilco Streets], December 1, 1973; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/stuart-bldg-near-stanley-park-entrance-georgia-and-chilco-streets

Stuart Building – City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 447-85 – [Stuart] Bldg. [near Stanley] Park Entrance [Georgia and Chilco Streets], December 1, 1973; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/stuart-bldg-near-stanley-park-entrance-georgia-and-chilco-streets

 

It appears that Mr. Stuart demolished or moved the buildings that had been on the west half of lot 13. (Further information on this building appears under 1974 Georgia Street.)

 

By 1909, the house at 1968 Georgia Street was at the front of lot 13. It also received a new lower floor, turning it into a three-storey building.

 

1900 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

1900 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

 

 

1974 Georgia Street, 1968 Georgia Street, 1964 Georgia Street and 1954 Georgia Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, 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.

The following photographs show 1968 Georgia Street in the 1950s and 1960s.

 

 

[Exterior of A.J. McBain Co. Ltd. - 1968 West Georgia Street], October 1958, Vancouver City Archives, Bu P508.36, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-j-mcbain-co-ltd-1968-west-georgia-street-2.

[Exterior of A.J. McBain Co. Ltd. – 1968 West Georgia Street], October 1958, Vancouver City Archives, Bu P508.36, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-j-mcbain-co-ltd-1968-west-georgia-street-2.

 

[Exterior view of the Gallery of BC Arts, Georgia Street], 1968, detail; City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1348-31

[Exterior view of the Gallery of BC Arts, Georgia Street], 1968, detail; City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1348-31; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-view-of-gallery-of-bc-arts-georgia-street.

 

The 'Hippogriff', Georgia Street at Chilco Street, April 16, 1968, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1348-1; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/hippogriff-georgia-at-chilco.

The ‘Hippogriff’, Georgia Street at Chilco Street, April 16, 1968, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1348-1; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/hippogriff-georgia-at-chilco.

 

These properties later became part of the site of the Laguna Parkside apartment building, which has an address of 1925 Alberni Street. (Further information appears on the page for the Horse Show Building.)

 

1900 West Georgia Street, south side, west end of block; Google Streets, searched January 7, 2020; image dated May 2012.

 

Further details on the houses appear on the individual pages for each house.

 

1954 Georgia Street

1964 Georgia Street

1968 Georgia Street

1974 Georgia Street

 

Sources

Thanks to Patrick Gunn for the information from the Vancouver World, the water permit records, and the reference to the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company.

Vancouver’s Growing Time; Building Erected and in Process of Construction for 1899; Vancouver Daily World, September 30, 1899, at page 3: G. W. Blackman, Georgia Street, 4 residences $12,000 [$3,000 each].

 

Water permits, City of Vancouver Archives:

 

Number 3739 April 1, 1899; G. W. Blackman; Georgia Street; DL 185; Blk 65; Lot E 1/2 of 12
Number 3740 April 1, 1899; G. W. Blackman; Georgia Street; DL 185; Blk 65; Lot W 1/2 of 13
Number 3741 April 1, 1899; G. W. Blackman; Georgia Street; DL 185; Blk 65; Lot E 1/2 of 13
Number 3742 April 1, 1899; G. W. Blackman; Georgia Street; DL 185; Blk 65; Lot W 1/2 of 12

 

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria), May 7, 1890, page 8, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/196970986: “Blackman— On the 4th May, at Edsall-street, Malvern, the wife of G. W. Blackman, contractor, of a daughter.”

 

The Age (Melbourne, Victoria), October 10, 1891, page 11, column 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/imageservice/nla.news-page18425541/print: “Floor Laying, large job, labor only, corner Dandenong and Kooyong rds., Armadale. G.W. Blackman, contractor.”