Doctor David Henry Wilson lived in this large Maclure and Fox house at the southeast corner of Haro Street and Chilco Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 67, Lots 12 and 13.
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 November 23, 2018].
|Owner:||Wilson, D. H. (Dr.)|
|Architect:||Maclure & Fox|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 12 & 13|
|Street Name:||Chilco Street [at Haro Street]|
|Remarks:||Dwelling house [WP15482 issued July-6-1910 to D. H. Wilson at 884 Chilco St, lots 12-13]|
The building contractor for the house was Walter Hepburn (1857-1940). He built many of the prominent houses in the West End of Vancouver, especially during the years 1904 to 1915. He was also a Vancouver city alderman and British Columbia’s chief censor of motion pictures.
In 1912, Dr. Wilson obtained a permit to move 1950 Haro Street from the west half of Lot 11 to the west half of Lot 10. This would allow him to have a larger space to the east of his house. (Further information appears on the page for 1950 Haro Street.)
After David Wilson died in Vancouver on December 10, 1926, his wife, Annie Elizabeth Wilson, continued to live on the property.
When Annie died on June 20, 1929, the house went up for sale.
From 1930 to 1945, Sara Andrews (“Dolly”) Dewar lived in the house, along with some of her relatives. Many socially-prominent people also rented rooms in the house, sometimes just for short-term stays in Vancouver.
Sara Dewar died in Vancouver on July 29, 1945.
Blanche Dewar took over the house after Sara died.
In 1946, there was a fire on the top floor of the house.
It appears that the fire only partly damaged the house, because Blanche’s boarding house business carried on at that address until about 1952.
Blanche died in Vancouver on April 20, 1953.
In May and June 1953, the property was for sale.
In June 1953, Guilding and Folley Limited auctioned the contents of the house.
In 1954, the house at 1996 Haro Street was demolished, and a developer proposed to build three apartment buildings on the property.
Developers applied to the Vancouver city council to approve an apartment building with a suite in the basement. The proposed apartment was at Chilco Street and Haro Street, so it may have been the 1966 Haro Street site. The city council did not approve the request.
In 1954, a rental apartment building was under construction on the site. Semmens & Simpson were the architects. The street address of the new building was 1990 Haro Street.
The new building opened in September 1954.
The building is called “The Brentwood” or “Brentwood Apartments.”
Most references to this property use 1966 Haro Street as the address. However, it sometimes appears with a Chilco Street address (such as “860 Chilco Street” or “884 Chilco Street”) or “the intersection of Haro Street and Chilco Street.” In one case, the address is “Chilcote and Haro”: Hon. David Henry Wilson, M. D., Northern Who’s Who; A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, 1916, page 866: http://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/867/mode/1up.
Samuel Maclure, Architect, by Janet Bingham; Ganges, B.C. Horsdal and Schubart Publishers Ltd., 1985, page 140.
Note: The plans for this house are in the Vancouver City Archives: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/house-for-dr-d-h-wilson-cor-chilco-and-haro-streets;rad. The ownership of the copyright for these plans is unclear. I have used an excerpt from these plans to illustrate the appearance of the house.
The probate file for Catherine Elizabeth Bond includes information on the layout of 1966 Haro Street, as well as a discussion of Vancouver real estate transactions and valuations in the early part of the 20th Century. Catherine Bond was the mother of Lambert John Blair Bond, a lawyer who lived at 1945 Haro Street from 1907 to 1915: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-b/bond-lambert-john-blair-1864-1915/. For the probate information itself, see: British Columbia Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files (nos. 1-28,115). GR-1415, B02555; Bond, Catherine Elizabeth; P – 02114; First page of court file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-31813-1551-22?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-P38:332530701,332530502,332733901; First page of content: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31813-1874-7?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-P38:332530701,332530502,332733901; Last page of content: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31813-1401-22?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-P38:332530701,332530502,332733901.
West End Historical Context Report, April 2015, page 86, https://pricetags.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/west-end-hcs-final-6apr15.pdf: “1990 Haro Street. 1954. Brentwood Apartments. Designed by Semmens and Simpson Architects, the building is valued as an example of a mix of apartment types, styles and heights amongst single family houses.”
Apartments in Vancouver’s West End (late 1940s and 1950s), by Semmens and Simpson Architects; photos by Brian Sutherland; http://www.greggsimpson.com/DC_Simpson_Apartments.html.
Wilson, David Henry (1855-1926); https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-n-z/biographies-w-x-y-z/wilson-david-henry-1855-1926/.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG1-LLF : 8 November 2017), Sara Andrews Dewar, 1945.
The Vancouver street directories continued to show Sara Dewar as the resident at 1966 Haro Street for 1946 and 1947. (The directories also listed her other boarding house at 1955 Haro Street.) The 1946 and 1947 name directories showed that Blanche Dewar was living at 1966 Haro. By 1948, Blanche was operating the boarding houses at both 1955 Haro and 1966 Haro.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPH-192 : 8 November 2017), Blanche Dewar, 1953; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ed6dde54-4bf9-4990-8c55-4d265554b0a8.