975 Lagoon Drive (formerly Park Road) is on the west side of Lagoon Drive between Haro Street and Barclay Street.
Three families lived in this house between 1905 and 1974.
The first occupant was Cecil Mack Merritt (1877-1915), a merchant and broker who lived here from 1905 to 1913. He was married to Sophie Almon Tupper, a daughter of Charles Hibbert Tupper (1855-1927). Further information appears on the page for Cecil Mack Merritt: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-m/merritt-cecil-mack-1877-1915/.
After the Merritt family moved out, the Vancouver Park Board took over the house and used it as a residence for park employees.
The second occupant was Allen Shakespeare Wootton (1873-1950), who lived here from 1914 to 1947. He was an engineer for the Vancouver Parks Board, and from 1936 to 1943 he was also the superintendent of parks. Further information appears on the page for Allen Shakespeare Wootton: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-n-z/biographies-w-x-y-z/wootton-allen-shakespeare-1873-1950/.
The third occupant was Stuart Stanley Lefeaux (1919-2011), who lived in the house from 1947 until about 1974. He was the city’s deputy superintendent of parks; he later became the superintendent.
For many years, civic officials and other concerned citizens questioned the appropriateness of having a parks employee living in the house.
In 1964, the park board started charging rent for the house.
In 1974, after Mr. Lefeaux moved out of the house, the park board reviewed several options for the property.
Since 1974, the house has been the home of Pooh Corner Day Care.
“A Thousand Acre Front Yard,” by Aileen Campbell, Vancouver Province, May 16, 1974, page 49. [Describes history of the house and its occupants, and includes illustrations.]
Pooh Corner Day Care Centre, 975 Lagoon Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6G 2S1, (604) 684-9734; http://www.poohcornerdaycare.com/contact.html.
Pooh Corner Daycare, 975 Lagoon St [sic], Vancouver BC; Vancouver Heritage Foundation; https://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/location/975-lagoon-st-vancouver-bc/.