1968 Georgia Street

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.

 

1968 Georgia Street was one of four similar houses on the south side of Georgia Street, near the intersection with Chilco Street. (See the page on 1954 Georgia Street for detailed early photographs of one of the houses. The page on Whitfield Walker Stuart has a more detailed view of the store in front of 1974 Georgia Street.)

 

 

The Architect

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).

 

It appears that he was George W. Blackman, who was born in Australia in 1857. (Further information appears on the page for 1954 Georgia Street, 1964 Georgia Street, 1968 Georgia Street and 1974 Georgia Street.)

 

 

The Houses

Early plans show all four houses set back from the street front.

 

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.

 

Whitfield Walker Stuart lived in the house at 1974 Georgia Street from 1904 to 1907. In 1908, he obtained a permit to build an apartment building at the southeast corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street.

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Stuart, Mr. W. W. [Stuart Building]
Architect: Watson, Henry Barton [VDW]
Builder:
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 13
Date (Y-M-D): 1908-11-14
Street Number: [1972]
Street Name: Georgia Street W & Chilco Street (SE corner)
Value: $18,000.00
Remarks: 3-storey frame apartment house; [ALD; VDW Nov-14-1908 p19]
Reference ID: VN-19080011-99999-48

Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1: [Searched January 5, 2020.]

 

Vancouver Province, November 14, 1908, page 1, column 4.

 

The new building was finished by the spring of 1909.

 

Vancouver Province, April 3, 1909, page 48, columns 4-5. (Barely visible on the left, 1968 Georgia Street appears to be moved to the front of its lot.)

 

About the same time as the new apartment building was going up, the house at 1968 Georgia Street was moved to the north end of its lot, so that its front was directly on Georgia Street. The house was raised, as well, and the new ground floor became the location of a store and restaurant.

 

Vancouver Province, February 2, 1909, page 16, column 1.

 

 

1968 Georgia Street and 1974 Georgia Street, June 30, 1914; detail from Coal Harbour view from Denman Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 789-123; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/coal-harbour-view-from-denman-street.

 

 

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.

 

1900 Block of Georgia Street, south side, 1925; detail from National Air Photo Library: BA12.25; reproduced in Above Canada, Then and Now, by John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1900 to 1920.

 

1900 Thomas, Bruno
1902 to 1906 Jenns, Eustace Alvanley
1907 to 1908 Williams, John Scott
1909 Stanley Park Inn (Harry Plummer McCool)
1911 to 1913 McKenzie, William
1911 Thompson, John E. (upstairs)
1912 Marshall, Edward
1913 to 1914 Giguere, Alphonse
1915 Miles, Maude Louise
1916 to 1917 Smith, Camille
1918 to 1920 Vacant

 

In 1910, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.

 

Vancouver Province, January 27, 1910, page 2, column 6.

 

The house often offered rental accommodation.

 

Vancouver Daily World, October 20, 1911, page 22, column 5.

 

In 1913, the house was for sale.

 

Vancouver Daily World, February 26, 1913, page 25, column 7.

 

1968 Georgia Street was the contact address in 1915 for the sale of a cigar and confectionery store.

 

Vancouver Province, July 20, 1915, page 14, column 6.

 

In 1921, the assets of a soda fountain business were for sale at 1968 Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, July 5, 1921, page 14, column 1.

 

In the mid- and late-1930s, Mary J. Davidson operated the Park View Tea Rooms at 1968 Georgia Street. She appeared in a list of dealers for Swift’s ham and bacon products.

 

Vancouver Province, April 17, 1935, page 11, column 2.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, June 10, 1938, page 17, column 7.

 

 

In 1940, a fish and chip restaurant at 1968 Georgia Street was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 13, 1940, page 23, column 2.

 

 

1974 Georgia Street, 1968 Georgia Street, 1964 Georgia Street and 1954 Georgia Street, about 1940, detail from Coal Harbour, Vancouver, B.C.; Vancouver City Archives; Wat P127; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/coal-harbour-vancouver-b-c.

 

In 1948, a restaurant business at 1968 Georgia Street was for sale.

 

Vancouver Province, September 23, 1948, page 28, column 3.

 

In the 1950s, Alexander James McBain (1911-2000) sold marine engines at 1968 West Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 17, 1951, page 24, column 6.

 

 

Exterior of A.J. McBain Co. Ltd – 1968 West Georgia Street, April 1957; Vancouver City Archives, Bu P508.2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-j-mcbain-co-ltd-1968-west-georgia-street.

 

 

Vancouver Province, June 12, 2000, page D2, column 2.

 

 

A fire in 1960 destroyed the Stanley Park Armouries (formerly called the Horse Show Building). The fire damaged the building at 1964 Georgia Street, but 1968 Georgia Street and 1974 Georgia Street were relatively unharmed. (The house at 1954 Georgia Street had been demolished in 1955.)

 

1964 Georgia Street (front, covered by tarp), 1968 Georgia Street, portions of 1974 Georgia Street at rear; 1960, detail from Ruins of the Stanley Park Armouries (Horse Show Building), 1900 West Georgia Street; Vancouver City Archives, Bu N544.2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ruins-of-stanley-park-armouries-horse-show-building-1900-west-georgia-street.

 

1964 Georgia Street (front, covered by tarp), 1968 Georgia Street, portions of 1974 Georgia Street at rear; 1960, detail from Ruins of the Stanley Park Armouries (Horse Show Building), 1900 West Georgia Street; Vancouver City Archives, Bu N544.3; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/ruins-of-stanley-park-armouries-horse-show-building-1900-west-georgia-street-after-fire-2.

 

 

1964 Georgia Street, 1968 Georgia Street, and 1974 Georgia Street; detail from Coal Harbour in Vancouver, B.C.; July 1965; Northern B.C. Archives, Item 2013.6.36.1.003.063a; https://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/coal-harbour-in-vancouver-b-c-6.

 

In 1968, the Hippogriff was at 1968 Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, August 31, 1968, page 37, columns 1-2.

 

 

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.

 

 

1968 Georgia Street, detail from View of Georgia Street showing the B.C. Gallery of Arts, 1968; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1348-23; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-georgia-street-showing-b-c-gallery-of-arts.

 

By July 1982, when house wreckers demolished the Stuart Building at 1974 Georgia Street, the building at 1968 Georgia Street was also gone.

 

Stuart Building, 1974 West Georgia Street, demolition in progress; Our Missing Heritage: the Stuart Building, by Eve Lazarus, April 9, 2016; original photograph by Angus McIntyre; https://evelazarus.com/our-missing-heritage-the-stuart-building/

 

The property 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.

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