1900 Haro Street

1900 Haro Street, 1905 [tentative identification]; detail from “Mr. Peter McNaughton’s residence, north side of Barclay, between Gilford and Chilco streets,” Vancouver Province, September 16, 1905, page 24, columns 2-3.

1900 Haro Street, From the Air looking East from Lost Lagoon [detail]; 1931; Vancouver City Archives: Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

1900 Haro Street, From the Air looking East from Lost Lagoon [detail]; 1931; Vancouver City Archives: Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

1900 Haro Street, detail from Aerial view of Vancouver B.C. looking east from English Bay, 1930s; Vancouver City Archives; Air P105; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-vancouver-b-c-looking-east-from-english-bay.

1900 Haro Street, detail from Aerial view of Vancouver B.C. looking east from English Bay, 1930s; Vancouver City Archives; Air P105; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-vancouver-b-c-looking-east-from-english-bay.

1900 Haro Street was at the southwest corner of Haro Street and Gilford Street.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185, Block 67, lot 8.

1900 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

1900 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

1900 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

1900 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

1900 Haro Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 54 [Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

1900 Haro Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 54 [Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

It appears that George Edward Farrer built the house and that he and his family were its first occupants. The 1894 directory gave Mr. Farrer’s home address as the corner of Haro and Gilford.

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 491.

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 491.

On September 9, 1896, the city issued water permit no. 3027 to G. E. Farrer on Haro Street. The legal description associated with the permit was District Lot 185; Block 67; Lots 8-9.

In October 1896, Mrs. Farrer was advertising for a general servant.

Vancouver Daily World, October 16, 1896, page 4, column 6.

Vancouver Daily World, October 16, 1896, page 4, column 6.

There are two references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched January 15, 2019].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Barwis, Major
Architect: Beech, A. B.
Builder: Beech, A. B.
Legal Address: DL: 541 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 8
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-03-23
Street Number: 1900
Street Name: Haro Street
Value: $150.00
Remarks: Garage [added legal desc.]
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-1583
Vancouver Daily World, March 24, 1911, page 21, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, March 24, 1911, page 21, column 3.

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 12683
Owner: Royal Trust Company (Agents)
Architect:
Builder: Baynes & Horie
Legal Address: DL: 541 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 8
Date (Y-M-D): 1920-11-24
Street Number: 1900
Street Name: Haro Street
Value: $800.00
Remarks: Repairs; [added legal desc.]
Reference ID: VN-1627-1628-3

Vancouver directory listings from 1895 to 1920;

1895 to 1903 Farrer, George Edward
1904 to 1907 Cao, Ada
1909 to 1918 Barwis, William Bailey
1919 to 1920 Crouch, William

By 1921, the house was a rooming house.

Vancouver Province, March 22, 1921, page 18, column 5.

Vancouver Province, March 22, 1921, page 18, column 5.

Vancouver Province, May 2, 1923, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Province, May 2, 1923, page 19, column 6.

The photograph below shows the area in 1931. The large light-coloured building in the centre left of the photograph is Stanley Park Manor, which has been at 1915 Haro Street since about 1931.

From the air looking east from Lost Lagoon [detail]; 1931; Vancouver City Archives: Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

From the air looking east from Lost Lagoon [detail]; 1931; Vancouver City Archives: Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

The house at 1900 Haro was still a rooming house in 1934.

The Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1934, page 25, column 2.

The Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1934, page 25, column 2.

The house appeared in the Vancouver directory until 1935.

BC and Yukon Directory, 1935, page 1589 (Vancouver, Haro Street).

BC and Yukon Directory, 1935, page 1589 (Vancouver, Haro Street).

In June 1935, the Vancouver Wrecking Company was demolishing the house.

Vancouver Province, June 4, 1935, page 12, column 2.

Vancouver Province, June 4, 1935, page 12, column 2.

By the end of 1935, the Buchan Hotel was on the site, with an address of 1906 Haro Street.

Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1935, page 14, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1935, page 14, column 5.

Buchan Apartments, January 20, 1939, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 15670; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/562/15670.jpg.

Buchan Apartments, January 20, 1939, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 15670; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/562/15670.jpg.

 

Sources and Notes

Buchan Hotel

The website for the Buchan Hotel says that it was built in 1926, and that it was named after John Buchan, who was Canada’s governor general. However, the hotel did not appear until late 1935.

This is the entry from the website: The Buchan Hotel, http://www.buchanhotel.com/our-hotel/: “History: Established in 1926, The Buchan Hotel was named after the famous novelist and politician Governor General John Buchan. Originally housing Vancouver’s residents, the Buchan has been transformed into a 3 storey hotel with 61 rooms. The hotel has been privately owned and operated by the same Vancouver family for over 25 years.”

John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir) did not become the governor general until 1935. (It is possible, but unlikely, that the hotel was named after him earlier than 1935, because he was a famous novelist before he became the governor general. After Lord Tweedsmuir became the governor general, he visited Vancouver in 1936 and 1939, and perhaps other times).

The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada’s entry for the Buchan Hotel says that the design was from 1935: Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; Griffith, Henry Sandham (1865-1943); http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1601: “Buchan Hotel, Haro Street at Gilford Street, 1935 (dwgs. at Vancouver City Archives).”

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  6. Based on the issued water permit no. 3027 issued September 9, 1896 to G. E. Farrer on Haro, DL 185-BLK 67-LOTS 8-9, the house would be circa 1896 and there will be no building permit issued/available, as the building permitting process for Vancouver began January 1901.

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