1973 Haro Street

 

1973 Haro Street - Detail from Large Houses - Vancouver Public Library – VPL Acce; ssion Number – 7160 – early 1900s: http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7160.jpg

1973 Haro Street – Detail from Large Houses – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Acce; ssion Number – 7160 – early 1900s: http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7160.jpg.

 

1973 Haro Street - detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12.25, (detail), reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

1973 Haro Street – detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12.25, (detail), reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

 

1973 Haro Street was on the northeast corner of Haro Street and Chilco Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 66, Lot 25.

 

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.

 

1973 Haro Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [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.

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.

 

“New Buildings for Present Month,” Vancouver Province, April 29, 1905, page 3, column 3.

 

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].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-964
Owner: Bell-Irving, H.
Architect:
Builder: Milne, G.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 25
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-05-19
Street Number: 1973
Street Name: Haro Street
Value: $175.00
Remarks: Dwelling/House; Repairs/Alterations; [added legal desc.]
Reference ID: VN-19215250-27

 

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.

 

Vancouver Daily World, July 11, 1918, page 19, column 6.

 

From time to time, the house was for rent.

 

Vancouver Province, June 15, 1922, page 18, column 6.

 

Vancouver Province, July 12, 1928, page 19, column 6.

 

Vancouver Province, December 1, 1934, page 19, column 7.

 

From the 1930s onward, the house provided rental accommodation.

 

Vancouver Province, June 27, 1936, page 20, column 2.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 20, 1941, page 16, column 1.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 9, 1946, page 22, column 6.

 

In November 1946, the rooming house business was for sale.

 

Calgary Herald, November 23, 1946, page 16, column 3.

 

The house continued to offer rental accommodations through the late 1940s and early 1950s.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 22, 1948, page 35, column 2.

 

In June 1953, house-wreckers were demolishing the house.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 4, 1953, page 34, column 2.

 

Conrae Development began to construct an apartment building on the site, with an address of 1975 Haro Street.

 

Vancouver Province, November 28, 1953, page 21, column 1.

 

By early 1954, the new apartment building had appeared on the site.

 

Vancouver Province, March 17, 1954, page 40, column 2.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1954, page 37, column 3.

 

The building is called “The Bel Air.”

 

Vancouver Sun, May 1, 1954, page 44, column 4.

 

1975 Haro Street; Google Streets; searched June 8, 2019; image dated April 2009.

 

1975 Haro Street; Google Maps, 3D view; searched June 8, 2019.

 

Fires

Shortly after tenants moved into the building at 1975 Haro Street, there were two fires.

The first fire, in November 1954, damaged suite 108.

 

Vancouver Province, November 29, 1954, page 27, columns 4-5.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Province, February 19, 1955, page 23, column 8.

 

Vancouver Province, February 21, 1955, page 5, column 6.

 

Robert Godfrey Blackwell

 

Vancouver Province, August 23, 1949, page 3, column 1.

 

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).

 

Vancouver Sun, May 17, 1958, page 20, columns 1-4.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Province, October 3, 1980, page 33, column 1.

 

Sources

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.

10 thoughts on “1973 Haro Street

  1. In Henderson’s directory for 1921 Henry B Bell-Irving is listed as residing at 1973 Haro St. The 1921 census lists Henry B, his wife Ann Hilda and his children Henry Pybus, Ruth, Mary, Wendy, and Roderick Keith as residing at 1913 Haro, but I believe that is due to a transcribing error mistaking the 7 for a 1.

    • Hello Kim,

      Thank you for pointing out this information. I am sure that you are correct. It appears from the directories and the fire insurance maps that there was no 1913 Haro Street. So 1973 Haro Street does seem to be the right house number.

      Robert

  2. Thank you Robert for checking into this. My grandmother was the Nanny to the Bell-Irving family when she first came to Canada in 1918

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