810 Park Road (Lagoon Drive)

810 Park Road, early 1900s – Detail from Large houses – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 7160, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7160.jpg

810 Park Road, early 1900s – Detail from Large houses – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 7160, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/73/7160.jpg

810 Park Road, 1944 – Detail from View of the junction of Chilco – Lagoon Drive and Robson – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 5214,http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/410/5214.jpg

810 Park Road, 1944 – Detail from View of the junction of Chilco – Lagoon Drive and Robson – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 5214,http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/410/5214.jpg

2000 Block Haro Street – Lagoon Drive – Chilco Street – Detail from Vancouver City Archives – Van Sc P15 – Vancouver B C – looking east from Lost Lagoon – about 1931; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

2000 Block Haro Street – Lagoon Drive – Chilco Street – Detail from Vancouver City Archives – Van Sc P15 – Vancouver B C – looking east from Lost Lagoon – about 1931; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-b-c-from-air-looking-east-from-lost-lagoon;rad.

810 Park Road was at the intersection of Robson Street, Chilco Street and Park Road. About 1927, the street address formally changed from 810 Park Road to 2002 Robson Street, although references to the Robson Street address appeared in the early 1920s. (In 1929, Park Road became Lagoon Drive).

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 66, Lot 14.

2000 Block Haro Street - North Side - Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

2000 Block Haro Street – North Side – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

810 Chilco Street, detail from Chilco Street to Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park boundary to Pendrell Street; Vancouver City Archives, Plate 62; 1972-582.37; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-62-chilco-street-to-burrard-inlet-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-pendrell-street.

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 December 3, 2013]. The owner (V. Mitchell) was Victor William Mitchell.

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Mitchell, V.
Architect: McLean
Builder: McFarland, Geo.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 14
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-03-25
Street Number:
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $5,000.00
Remarks: Frame building
Reference ID: VN-8256-8257-11

The Vancouver directories listed the following occupants of the house.

1905 to 1918 Mitchell, Victor William
1919 to 1922 Chasteney, Alfred Gunton
1923 to 1928 Hooper, Mrs. H. (widow of Alfred)
1929 Not listed under names or streets for Chilco Street, Park Road, Robson Street or Lagoon Drive
1930 Black, Mrs. Florence S. (widow of A. A. Black)
1931 to 1933 Macdonald, Ernest F. (Jean)
1934 Mitchell, Mrs. Caroline
1935 to 1943 Tollafield, Mrs. Winifred E.V.
1942 to 1950 Lagoon House Rooms
1944 to 1945 Kirby, Thomas (Elsie)
1946 Kirby, Mrs. Elsie
1947 to 1950 Roberts, Mrs. Bertha
1951 to 1955 Not listed under Vancouver streets

In 1922 and 1923, rooms in the house became available to rent.

Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1923, page 12, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1923, page 12, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, September 17, 1923, page 10, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, September 17, 1923, page 10, column 7.

Vancouver Daily World, September 27, 1923, page 10, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, September 27, 1923, page 10, column 3.

Sometime after the address changed to 2002 Robson Street, the house became known as “Lagoon House.”

Vancouver Sun, June 30, 1934, page 25, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, June 30, 1934, page 25, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1938, page 8, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1938, page 8, column 2.

In 1949, the house was for sale for $15,000.

Vancouver Sun, May 28, 1949, page 28, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, May 28, 1949, page 28, column 2.

One advertisement suggested replacing the current house with a six-storey apartment building.

Vancouver Sun, June 4, 1949, page 46, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, June 4, 1949, page 46, column 1.

It appears that the house was sold by June 1950, because the rooming house furniture was for sale.

Vancouver Sun, June 24, 1950, page 38, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, June 24, 1950, page 38, column 1.

Charles Burwell Kerrens Van Norman, (1907-1975) (often called “C.B.K. Van Norman”) was a prominent Vancouver architect who had acquired the property. It appears that he demolished the house fairly quickly to prepare for development.

In 1951, he was proposing to build a six-storey hotel on the site.

Vancouver Sun, January 3, 1951, page 17, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, January 3, 1951, page 17, column 1.

The hotel project did not go ahead. (An article from 1968 refers to a plan for an office building on the site. However, there are no other references to office buildings that Mr. Van Norman may have planned for this site.)

By 1953, the property next door, at 2015 Haro Street, had been developed as “Lagoon Manor” (also known as “Arniston Apartments”). The lot at 2002 Robson Street was still bare and undeveloped, although Mr. Van Norman was planning a significant project for the site.

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1953, page 23, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1953, page 23, column 6.

In 1961, an advertisement appeared for a seven-suite apartment building at 2002 Robson Street.

Vancouver Sun, May 6, 1961, page 36, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, May 6, 1961, page 36, columns 7-8.

However, the project did not proceed at that time. In 1963, the lot was still vacant.

2002 Robson Street, detail from Aerial view of downtown Vancouver, 1963, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 42641; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/692/42641.jpg.

2002 Robson Street, detail from Aerial view of downtown Vancouver, 1963, Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number 42641; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/692/42641.jpg.

By 1968, the project had still not started. However, there were signs on the property that referred to Mr. Van Norman and to the H. Haebler Company Limited, who were general building contractors.

Detail from Vacant lot - Lagoon Drive and Chilco (house is rear of 2003 Haro) AM1348 - CVA 1348-27 - creation 1968

Detail from Vacant lot – Lagoon Drive and Chilco (house is rear of 2003 Haro) AM1348 – CVA 1348-27 – creation 1968

Detail from Vacant lot - Lagoon Drive and Chilco, 1968; Vancouver City Archives, AM1348 - CVA 1348-27; showing signs for H. Haebler Co. Ltd. General Contractors, Vancouver and for C.B.K. Van Norman; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vacant-lot-lagoon-drive-and-chilco-house-is-rear-of-2003-haro.

Detail from Vacant lot – Lagoon Drive and Chilco, 1968; Vancouver City Archives, AM1348 – CVA 1348-27; showing signs for H. Haebler Co. Ltd. General Contractors, Vancouver and for C.B.K. Van Norman; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vacant-lot-lagoon-drive-and-chilco-house-is-rear-of-2003-haro.

In 1968, construction at 2002 Robson Street went ahead. The new building was to be for high-end rentals.

Vancouver Province, March 22, 1968, page 23, columns 2-3.

Vancouver Province, March 22, 1968, page 23, columns 2-3.

The building attracted residents such as Frank Ross, who was British Columbia’s former lieutenant-governor.

Vancouver Sun, February 3, 1969, page 26, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, February 3, 1969, page 26, column 3.

The advertisements for the building referred to its modern, luxurious features.

Vancouver Sun, November 27, 1969, page 37, columns 6-7.

Vancouver Sun, November 27, 1969, page 37, columns 6-7.

The building later became an ownership condominium known as “The Chilco,” with an address of 815 Chilco Street.

815 Chilco Street, Google Streets, searched November 27, 2018; image dated May 2015.

815 Chilco Street, Google Streets, searched November 27, 2018; image dated May 2015.

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