1974 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.

 

1974 Georgia Street was one of four similar houses on the south side of Georgia Street, near the intersection with Chilco 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

 

Although the four houses had similar plans, they were arranged in groups of two mirror images. This 1901 photograph of 1954 Georgia Street shows the general design of the houses.

 

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.

 

Whitfield Walker Stuart lived in the house at 1974 Georgia Street from 1904 to 1907.

In 1904, Mr. Stuart built a small structure at the southeast corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street.

 

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Stuart, Wm.
Architect: Owner
Builder: Stuart, Wm.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 13
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-06-27
Street Number: [1974]
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $300.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling & store; [note – this is Stuart’s earlier residence [sic], before the 1908-09 $13k Stuart Building by architect H. B. Watson]
Reference ID: VN-8308-8309-6

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

 

The photograph below shows Mr. Stuart’s building at the corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street. (The vertical strips on the right wall of the building suggest that it might be a product of the B.C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company: see the page on 2005 Comox Street for more information on this company’s prefabricated buildings.)

 

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

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1903 to 1908.

 

1901 to 1903 Sharp, Henry Joseph (Listed as 1970 Georgia Street from 1901 to 1902)
1904 to 1907 Stuart, Whitfield Walker
1908 Moore, William H.

 

Apartment Building

In 1908, Mr. Stuart 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 architect was Henry Barton Watson (1869-1946).

The new building was finished by the spring of 1909.

 

Vancouver Province, April 3, 1909, page 48, columns 4-5.

 

Vancouver Daily World, April 3, 1909, page 25, columns 1-3.

 

A prominent feature was the cupola on the northwest corner of the building. [For more information, on cupolas, see ”All about Cupolas; Cupolas, What They Are and How They’re Used”; https://www.thoughtco.com/cupola-gallery-of-ideas-for-home-177657.]

 

Stuart Building; 1968, detail from Gallery of BC Arts, Georgia Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1348-34; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/gallery-of-bc-arts-georgia-street.

 

Many people seem to remember the cupola as rounded or domed. However, although the top of the cupola was curved, it had flat walls, with windows on the east, north, and west sides. On the south side was a door that opened onto the roof of the main building.

 

Stuart Building; south side of cupola; July 1982, photo courtesy Angus McIntyre; reproduced in Our Missing Heritage: the Stuart Building, by Eve Lazarus, April 9, 2016; https://evelazarus.com/our-missing-heritage-the-stuart-building/.

 

1968 Georgia Street and 1974 Georgia Street (later 674 Chilco 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.

 

Selected Vancouver directory listings from 1910 to 1920.

 

1910 to 1980s Stuart Building
1912 Muir, George
1913 Gunn, Donald J.
1914 to 1915 Wakefield, Thomas Alexander
1914 Penny, Harold Edmund Glencairn
1916 Trott, Thomas William
1918 to 1920 Stanley Park Tea Rooms

 

Until 1922, the address of the building was 1974 Georgia Street.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1922, page 214 (Georgia Street).

 

By 1923, the address had become 674 Chilco Street.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1923, page 151 (Chilco 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. [By about 1923, the address for 1974 Georgia Street had become 674 Chilco Street.]

 

The building was home to many residents and businesses over its 70-year life. Its prominent position near the entrance to Stanley Park made it familiar to locals and tourists.

 

West Georgia Street near Chilco Street, Stuart Building, Stanley Park Armouries, 1953 [cropped]; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 82247; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/262/82247.jpg.

 

Georgia Street and Chilco Street, 1966; still image from BC Road Trip Time Machine: See Vancouver as it was in 1966; https://www.tranbc.ca/2017/11/01/bc-road-trip-time-machine-see-vancouver-as-it-was-in-1966/.

 

Stuart Building, 1968, Block at Chilco Street and Georgia Street and Alberni Street looking N.E. on Chilco Street towards harbour [cropped]; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1348-30; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/block-at-chilco-and-georgia-and-alberni-looking-n-e-on-chilco-towards-harbour.

 

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.

 

In 1974, Stanley Ho (1921-2020) bought the Stuart Building. Mr. Ho was a wealthy casino operator from Macau [see Stanley Ho; Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Ho.] His plans to demolish the Stuart Building led to protests and proposals to save the building.

 

Stuart Building demonstration, photograph by Rob Draper; Vancouver Sun, July 5, 1982, page 3, columns 1-4.

 

However, a wrecking company demolished the building in 1982.

 

Stuart Building under demolition, photograph by John Denniston, Vancouver Province, July 9, 1982, page 4, columns 2-5.

 

The property was vacant for many years, until Mr. Ho hired developers to build a new structure on the site in 1995.

 

Southeast corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street; Google Streets; searched January 10, 2020; image dated December 2009.

 

For many years a mural was visible on the east side of the new building.

 

Vacant lot west of Gilford Street, between Alberni Street and Robson Street, about 2001, http://vancouverisawesome.com/2011/10/09/illustrated-vancouver-vol-12-lost-mural-of-stanley-park/ [citing Photographer unknown, from the website of RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside)].

 

Part of the Laguna Parkside complex now obscures the mural.

 

Near southeast corner of Georgia Street and Chilco Street; Google Streets; searched January 10, 2020; image dated December 2009.

 

Sources

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; WATSON, Henry Barton (1869-1946); http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/322: “STUART APARTMENTS, Georgia Street at Chilco Street, for W.W. Stuart, 1909 (Vancouver Daily World, 3 April 1909, 25, illus.; Province [Vancouver], 20 Sept. 1910, Convention Number, page 13).”

Donald Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, Henry Barton Watson (1869-1946), pages 294-95, 523.

Vancouver’s lost landmarks, by John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2011; http://www.vancouversun.com/news/vancouver-125/Vancouver+lost+landmarks/4524250/story.html. “Stanley Ho tore down the Stuart building at the Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park in 1982. Built in 1909, the three-storey wood apartment block was topped by a lovely cupola (round turret) that was much beloved by the public. The Stuart building was well known among citizens and tourists alike, because a bike rental business was on the main floor for many years.”

Our Missing Heritage: the Stuart Building, by Eve Lazarus, April 9, 2016; https://web.archive.org/web/20191021214827/https://evelazarus.com/our-missing-heritage-the-stuart-building/.

Stuart Building – Chilco and West Georgia Street; Changing Vancouver; July 22, 2019; https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/stuart-building-chilco-and-west-georgia-street/.

Springtime at the Stuart Building, Illustrated Vancouver, about 2014; https://illustratedvancouver.ca/post/6323650726/springtime-at-the-stuart-building-by-barb-wood [Includes illustrations of the Stuart Building.]

18 demolished Vancouver buildings brought back to life by illustrator, by Bob Kronbauer; Vancouver Is Awesome; April 16, 2018; https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/raymond-biesinger-18-lost-buildings-of-vancouver-1936961. [Number 7 is “The Stuart Building (1909-1982, a beloved former gateway to Stanley Park).”]

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98, Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2020; https://vancouversun.com/pmn/business-pmn/macau-gambling-king-stanley-ho-dies-aged-98-3/.

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