1973 Haro Street was on the northeast corner of Haro Street and Chilco Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 66, Lot 25.
Heritage Vancouver Society indicates that the City of Vancouver issued a building permit to E. J. Duchesney [sic] in April 1905 for $3,500. The matched water permit issued to Mrs. E. J. Duchisnay [sic] on April 14, 1905 confirms the legal description.
Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 adds the following permit [searched June 8, 2019].
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 25|
|Street Name:||Haro Street|
|Remarks:||Dwelling/House; Repairs/Alterations; [added legal desc.]|
Vancouver directory listings from 1906 to 1920:
|1906 to 1916||Duchesnay, Mrs. Lilly W. (widow of Edmond Juchereau Duchesnay)|
|1917 to 1918||Whittall, Norman Reginald LaFontaine|
|1919||Mackenzie, Norman Seaforth|
|1920||Blackwood, Mrs. Rebecca|
In 1918, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.
From time to time, the house was for rent.
From the 1930s onward, the house provided rental accommodation.
In November 1946, the rooming house business was for sale.
The house continued to offer rental accommodations through the late 1940s and early 1950s.
In June 1953, house-wreckers were demolishing the house.
Conrae Development began to construct an apartment building on the site, with an address of 1975 Haro Street.
By early 1954, the new apartment building had appeared on the site.
The building is called “The Bel Air.”
Shortly after tenants moved into the building at 1975 Haro Street, there were two fires.
The first fire, in November 1954, damaged suite 108.
In February 1955, a larger fire damaged unit 309 and several other parts of the building.
Robert Godfrey Blackwell, the tenant in unit 309, had apparently left a cigarette smouldering in his living room furniture.
Robert Godfrey Blackwell
Robert Godfrey Blackwell was born in Vancouver on October 10, 1916. His parents were Edward Godfrey Blackwell (1881-1954) and Frances May Leighton (1890-1967).
The Leighton and Blackwell families were involved in horse shows and other horse-related activities.
In the late 1940s, Robert lived in Seattle, Washington.
For a time he worked as a campaign divisional manager for Vancouver’s Community Chest (a predecessor of the United Way).
He never married. He lived alone in a series of apartments in the West End.
He was residing at number 303, 2095 Beach Avenue when he died on September 30, 1980.
The Bel Air, 1975 Haro Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 1H8; http://equitablerealestate.ca/buildings/the-bel-air/.
Edward Godfrey Blackwell (father of Robert Godfrey Blackwell)
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZF-GPY : 11 March 2018), Edward Godfrey Blackwell and Frances May Leighton, 27 Apr 1910; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.
“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG72 : 16 March 2018), Edward Godfrey Blackwell, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5G-JWL : 8 November 2017), Edward Godfrey Blackwell, 1954; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/925daa40-b763-42c3-9b80-403ed31b994f.
Frances May Leighton (mother of Robert Godfrey Blackwell)
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYM-FXV : 8 November 2017), Frances May Blackwell, 1967; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b4e9b74c-7e1c-4b02-a59f-27b6f3d0b007.
Robert Godfrey Blackwell
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1G-Y9R : 8 November 2017), Robert Godfrey Blackwell, 1980; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/6dae19eb-6990-4d6f-81f0-65058fd924e5.
Elizabeth Blackwell (sister of Robert Godfrey Blackwell)
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY8-CRL : 8 November 2017), Elizabeth Marshall, 1970; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a87cca46-a58b-4c36-af32-cce63360ba9e.