1155 Park Road (Lagoon Drive)

Entrance and superintendent’s cottage, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., about 1913; Vancouver City Archives; AM1052 P-514; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/entrance-and-superintendent-cottage-stanley-park-vancouver-b-c.

Entrance and superintendent’s cottage, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., about 1913; Vancouver City Archives; AM1052 P-514; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/entrance-and-superintendent-cottage-stanley-park-vancouver-b-c.

A Beauty Spot, Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada; postcard; https://www.hippostcard.com/listing/a-beauty-spot-stanley-park-vancouver-bc-canada/601257.

A Beauty Spot, Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada; postcard; https://www.hippostcard.com/listing/a-beauty-spot-stanley-park-vancouver-bc-canada/601257.

Park Superintendent House - Beach Ave - detail from St Pk P267 -http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/superindendents-residence-at-beach-avenue-entrance

Park Superintendent House – Beach Ave – detail from St Pk P267 -http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/superindendents-residence-at-beach-avenue-entrance.

1155 Park Road was the residence of the Vancouver park superintendent.

In 1906, the city’s board of park commissioners asked the city council for funds to build the residence, which the commissioners called a “cottage.”

Vancouver Province, February 1, 1906, page 15, column 4.

Vancouver Province, February 1, 1906, page 15, column 4.

Vancouver directory listings from 1907 to 1959.

1907 to 1910 Eldon, George
1911 to 1913 Balmer, Adam
1915 to 1937 Rawlings, William Stanley
1938 to 1959 Stroyan, Philip Bateman

Until 1929, the address of the residence was 1155 Park Road. In 1929, the city changed the name of the street from Park Road to Lagoon Drive, and the address became 1155 Lagoon Drive.

In 1940, the address became 2099 Beach Avenue.

In the 1950s, some park board members began to talk about demolishing the residence. In 1959, Philip Stroyan, the park superintendent, ordered the demolition of the house without specific direction from the park board.

Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1959, page 1, columns 7-8 [first portion of article].

Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1959, page 1, columns 7-8 [first portion of article].

An investigation later concluded that the demolition was without proper authority, but it also said that Mr. Stroyan’s “character was unstained,” because he believed that his actions were within the existing park policies.

“Stroyan Exceeded Authority,” Vancouver Sun, January 13, 1960, page 14, column 1.

“Stroyan Exceeded Authority,” Vancouver Sun, January 13, 1960, page 14, column 1.

The park board later applied for permission to build an office on the site of the former residence.

Vancouver Province, May 4, 1960, page 6, column 3.

Vancouver Province, May 4, 1960, page 6, column 3.

The photograph below shows the new office and administration building nearing the end of construction.

2099 Beach Avenue; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

2099 Beach Avenue; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

The city’s mayor, Tom Alsbury, opened the new building in February 1962.

Vancouver Sun, February 19, 1962, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, February 19, 1962, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, February 19, 1962, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation; administration building, 2099 Beach Avenue; https://twitter.com/ParkBoard;  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dz-LWwfU0AEKxr4.jpg:large.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation; administration building, 2099 Beach Avenue; https://twitter.com/ParkBoard; https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dz-LWwfU0AEKxr4.jpg:large.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Offices, 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia; Canada’s Historic Places; https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/image-image.aspx?id=8824#i1.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Offices, 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia; Canada’s Historic Places; https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/image-image.aspx?id=8824#i1.

 

Sources

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Offices, 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G, Canada; https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=8824&pid=0.

Board of Parks & Recreation Offices, 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada; http://modtraveler.net/city/vancouver_694/listing/board-of-parks-recreation-offices/.