1830 Morton Avenue

1830 Morton Avenue, about 1920; detail from View of English Bay Beach and bathhouses from the pier; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1504-2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-and-bathhouses-from-pier

1830 Morton Avenue was on the north side of Morton Avenue, west of Denman Street.

The house had an even number, even though houses on the north side of streets normally had odd numbers. The house may originally have had an address of 1830 Pendrell Street, but it was on the Morton Avenue end of the block. Perhaps the street name changed from Pendrell to Morton, but it kept the original 1830 house number. Further information appears on the page for 1830 Pendrell Street.

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 71; east half of Lot 3.

1800 Block Pendrell Street - 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

1800 Block Pendrell Street – 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.

 

1841 Morton Avenue, 1839 Morton Avenue, 1837 Morton Avenue and 1830 Morton Avenue; 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay; Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.

There are no references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched April 1, 2019].

Vancouver directory listings from 1910 to 1929:

1910 Stubbington, Ernest Wilfrid
1911 to 1914 Campbell, Archibald
1915 to 1916 Barber, William Alexander
1917 Mercer, James
1918 to 1929 Smith, Florence Fenton Smith (Mrs. Wolseley Fenton Smith)

 

Vancouver Province, February 3, 1910, page 18, column 7.

In 1916, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.

Vancouver Daily World, October 24, 1916, page 15, column 3.

In 1929, Thomas Winter George left 1830 Morton Avenue to his niece, Emily Harriet Purcer of Grantham, Ontario.

Vancouver Province, March 1, 1929, page 38, column 5.

In 1929, the house address was still 1830 Morton Avenue. Wolseley Fenton Smith (1879-1965) was living in the house. (Further information appears on the page for Wolseley Fenton Smith: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-n-z/biographies-s/smith-wolseley-fenton-1879-1965-and-florence-smith-1882-1939/.)

Wrigley’s BC Directory, 1929, page 1543 (Morton Avenue).

By 1930, the address had become 1835 Morton Avenue. Thomas John Babalos (1890-1979) was living in the house.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1930, page 1576 (Morton Avenue).

The house remained a private residence until the 1950s.

1841 Morton Avenue, 1839 Morton Avenue, 1837 Morton Avenue and 1830 Morton Avenue; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

In 1959, the house disappeared to make way for the Ocean Towers apartment building. (Also gone were Morton Lodge and the houses at 1841 Morton Avenue, 1839 Morton Avenue and 1837 Morton Avenue.)

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg.

 

 

Sources

Thomas James Babalos (barber, living at 1835 Morton Avenue)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1H-CGR : 8 November 2017), Thomas James Babalos, 1979.

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