786 Gilford Street was at the north-east corner of Robson Street and Gilford Street.
This house has a dormer that evokes, although it is not identical to, the “Lunenburg bump,” which appears in many houses in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 36.
There is one reference to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched May 7, 2019]. [Another reference to Lot 36 in the database relates to 778 Gilford Street.] The architect was probably William Tuff Whiteway.
|Owner:||Springer, Fanny M.|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 36|
|Street Name:||Robson Street|
|Remarks:||Frame dwelling s.f.|
Vancouver directory listings for 786 Gilford Street:
|1905||Springer, Mrs. Fanny Mary|
|1906 to 1908||Springer, Frank Benjamin|
|1909||Springer, Mabel Ellen (daughter of Fanny Mary Springer)|
|1910 to 1911||McLennan, Peter Andrew|
|1912 to 1914||Springer, Hugh Edward Nelson (son of Fanny Mary Springer)|
|1916||Gwyn, William Trevor|
|1917||Leach, Francis Easton|
|1918||Banks, William A.|
|1919 and 1920||Telford, John Neil and Telford, Mrs. Lily|
The house was a private residence and rooming house until the early 1980s.
The lot has been vacant for many years.
Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, Michael Kluckner, Vancouver, Whitecap Press, 2012, page 135, includes a colour photograph of 786 Gilford Street, describing it as “a rooming house at Robson and Gilford in 1982.”