1966 Haro Street

House for Dr. D.H. Wilson, corner Chilco Street and Haro Street; Vancouver City Archives; Reference code: AM1015-F16; Maclure and Fox, Architects, 1910; Elevation to Chilco Street; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/house-for-dr-d-h-wilson-cor-chilco-and-haro-streets;rad.

House for Dr. D.H. Wilson, corner Chilco Street and Haro Street; Vancouver City Archives; Reference code: AM1015-F16; Maclure and Fox, Architects, 1910; Elevation to Chilco Street; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/house-for-dr-d-h-wilson-cor-chilco-and-haro-streets;rad.

 

1966 Haro Street, detail from Vancouver, B.C. from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon, 1931; Vancouver City Archives; Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon.

1966 Haro Street, detail from Vancouver, B.C. from the air looking east from Lost Lagoon, 1931; Vancouver City Archives; Van Sc P15; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Wilson, D. H. (Dr.)
Architect: Maclure & Fox
Builder: Hepburn, W.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 12 & 13
Date (Y-M-D): 1910-08-31
Street Number: 860
Street Name: Chilco Street [at Haro Street]
Value: $31,000.00
Remarks: Dwelling house [WP15482 issued July-6-1910 to D. H. Wilson at 884 Chilco St, lots 12-13]
Reference ID: VN-3100-3101-413

 

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.)

 

1966 Haro Street, 1950 Haro Street and 1934 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.

1966 Haro Street; 1950 Haro Street and 1934 Haro Street; 1900 block of Haro Street; south side; 1947; detail from BO-46-140 : Lost Lagoon; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-46-140/.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 12, 1929, page 17, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, September 12, 1929, page 17, column 3.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 5, 1934, page 8, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, January 5, 1934, page 8, column 1.

 

Sara Dewar died in Vancouver on July 29, 1945.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 21, 1945, page 17, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, July 21, 1945, page 17, column 3.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 25, 1945, page 8, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, July 25, 1945, page 8, column 6.

 

Blanche Dewar took over the house after Sara died.

In 1946, there was a fire on the top floor of the house.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 25, 1946, page 1, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 25, 1946, page 1, column 2.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 20, 1953, page 29, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, April 20, 1953, page 29, column 3.

 

In May and June 1953, the property was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 6, 1953, page 50, column 8.

Vancouver Sun, June 6, 1953, page 50, column 8.

 

In June 1953, Guilding and Folley Limited auctioned the contents of the house.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 9, 1953, page 35, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, June 9, 1953, page 35, column 6.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 11, 1953, page 38, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, June 11, 1953, page 38, column 7.

 

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.

 

The Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1953, page 27, column 2.

The Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1953, page 27, column 2.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 22, 1954, page 25, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, June 22, 1954, page 25, columns 7-8.

 

1990 Haro Street, under construction; detail from First Beach; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1990 Haro Street, under construction, 1954; detail from First Beach; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

The new building opened in September 1954.

 

Vancouver Sun, September 10, 1954, page 42, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 10, 1954, page 42, column 2.

 

1900 block of Haro Street, south side, Vanmapp, City of Vancouver; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net/default.aspx. [Includes 1912 Goad’s map of Vancouver and property addresses in 2019.]

1990 Haro Street; 1970 Haro Street and 1956 Haro Street; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

 

The building is called “The Brentwood” or “Brentwood Apartments.”

 

1990 Haro Street; Google Streets, Searched November 23, 2018; image dated April 2017.

1990 Haro Street; Google Streets, Searched November 23, 2018; image dated April 2017.

 

Sources

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.

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