1889 Haro Street

“Scene of a bowling tournament held by Mrs. J.H. Senkler at the handsome grounds of her Haro street residence,” Vancouver Province, June 19, 1909, page 51, columns 2-5 [cropped].

1889 Haro Street was on the northeast corner of Haro Street and Gilford Street.

John Harold Senkler built the house in 1897. The name of the house was Horningtoft, which was also the name of a Senkler family house in Brockville, Ontario. The Senkler ancestors had come from Horningtoft, a small village in Norfolk, England.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 66, Lot 31.

 

1889 Haro Street; Panoramic view of the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1898; Vancouver City Archives, Item : MAP 547; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/panoramic-view-of-city-of-vancouver-british-columbia-1898-2.

 

1800 Block Haro Street - Detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

1800 Block Haro Street – Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

1800 Block Haro Street - Detail from Insurance plan - City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 - Sheet 43 - Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park

1800 Block Haro Street – Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1903 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

 

1800 Block Haro 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 Haro 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.

 

1889 Haro Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48; 1972-582.23; [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 lack of a dotted line between lots 31 and 32 suggests that lot 32 was part of the yard for 1889 Haro Street.]

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 June 5, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 8285
Owner: Senkler, H.
Architect: Hatt Bros.
Builder: Hatt Bros.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 31
Date (Y-M-D): 1916-10-18
Street Number: [1889]
Street Name: Haro Street & Gilford Street (corner of)
Value: $150.00
Remarks: Repairs; 1-storey frame building [BCR] [added legal desc.]
Reference ID: VN-0098-0099-6

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1898 to 1937:

 

1898 to 1927 Senkler, John Harold
1928 to 1937 Margaret Hargrave Senkler (widow of Senkler, John Harold)

 

From 1937 to 1951, the house offered rental accommodation.

 

Vancouver Province, November 24, 1937, page 20, column 1.

 

While the house was a rooming house, it was known as “Gosford Lodge.”

 

Vancouver Province, March 17, 1938, page 22, column 3.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 28, 1948, page 39, column 5.

 

In 1949 and 1951, the house was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1949, page 43, column 7.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 28, 1951, page 34, column 1.

 

In early October 1951, furniture and building materials from the house were for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 2, 1951, page 22, column 6.

 

House-wreckers demolished the house in late October 1951.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 27, 1951, page 36, column 5.

 

In 1952, a new apartment building appeared on the site. It is called “Park Towers” and its address is 878 Gilford Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 18, 1952, page 31, column 7.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 17, 1954, page 43, column 2.

 

878 Gilford Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

878 Gilford Street; Google Streets; searched June 5, 2019, image dated April 2017.

 

878 Gilford Street; Google Maps, 3D view; Searched June 5, 2019.

 

Sources

Canadian Holy War: A Story of Clans, Tongs, Murder, and Bigotry, by Ian Macdonald, Betty O’Keefe, Heritage House Publishing Co, 2000, page 62. “Senkler and his wife Margaret lived at Horningtoft, a comfortable home near Stanley Park, where they and their six children were often seen riding on horseback.”

“Discoveries in Anatomy: Dissection of a Historic Brockville Building [Horningtoft],” by Don Glover, History Matters, Newsletter of the Brockville and District Historical Society, October/November 2007, Volume 9, Number 6, pages 1 and 2; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onbdhs/HistoryMatters1107.pdf.

Marriages from: Births, Marriage, Death Notices from the Brockville Papers 1850-1869, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/leedsbellev.htm: “On the 15th inst., at St. Peter’s Church, by Rev. E. Denroche, Thomas REYNOLDS M.D. of Brockville, to Eleanor Sarah, Eldest daughter of Rev. Edmund John SENKLER M.A. of Horningtoft, Elizabethtown, formerly of Docking Co., Norfolk, England.”

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