1857 Nelson Street

1857 Nelson Street, “Memories Linger On,” by Aileen Campbell, Vancouver Province, page 21, columns 1-3.

1857 Nelson Street, “Memories Linger On,” by Aileen Campbell, Vancouver Province, page 21, columns 1-3.

1857 Nelson Street - 1968 - Vancouver City Archives - CVA 1348-11; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/;search?query=1857+nelson

1857 Nelson Street – 1968 – Vancouver City Archives – CVA 1348-11; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/house-at-1857-nelson.

1857 Nelson Street - 1973 - Vancouver Public Library - VPL Accession Number 54600

1857 Nelson Street – 1973 – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 54600

1857 Nelson Street – rear – 1968 – Vancouver City Archives – CVA 1348-17; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1857-nelson-rear.

1857 Nelson Street – rear – 1968 – Vancouver City Archives – CVA 1348-17; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1857-nelson-rear.

1857 Nelson Street was a Queen Anne Revival house that George William Grant designed for William Edward Emmons.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 68, Lots 36 and 37.

1800 Block Nelson Street; Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

1800 Block Nelson Street; Detail from Insurance plan – City of Vancouver, July 1897, revised June 1901 – Sheet 43 – Coal Harbour to Comox Street and Bidwell Street to Stanley Park.

1800 Block Nelson 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.

1800 Block Nelson 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.

1800 Block Nelson 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 Nelson 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.

1857 Nelson Street; 1913, detail from Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street; 1972-582.29 – Plate 54; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.29; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-street.

1857 Nelson Street; 1913, detail from Denman Street to Haro Street to Chilco Street to Comox Street; 1972-582.29 – Plate 54; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.29; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-54-denman-street-to-haro-street-to-chilco-street-to-comox-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 February 7, 2019].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Emmons, Dr.
Architect: Grant & Henderson
Builder: Purdy & Lonergan
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 36-37
Date (Y-M-D): 1903-08-21
Street Number: [1857]
Street Name: Nelson Street
Value: $4,000.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling; [Added street no.; Emmons House, then Sandringham Annex Rooms (1951-); Residence of Dr. William Emmons, dentist, 1904-11; Col. John M. McMillan, 1911-25; George Culver, 1930; Rooming house, 1935-; Demolished 1976; PROV, July 8, 1976 p21 “Memories linger on”, illus.]
Reference ID: VN-8192-8193-10

Vancouver directory listings from 1904 to 1926.

1904 to 1911 Emmons, William Edward
1912 to 1926 Macmillan, John McLarty

When the Emmons family lived in the house, they had a tennis court on lot 37, which was east of the house itself.

In 1926, a new building appeared on lot 37. It was called “The Sandringham” and its address was 1853 Nelson Street.

Vancouver Province, October 29, 1926, page 23, column 3.

Vancouver Province, October 29, 1926, page 23, column 3.

Sandringham Apartments at 1853 Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1927, Bu N257; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sandringham-apartments-at-1853-nelson-street.

Sandringham Apartments at 1853 Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1927, Bu N257; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sandringham-apartments-at-1853-nelson-street.

Detail from Sandringham Apartments at 1853 Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1927, Bu N257; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sandringham-apartments-at-1853-nelson-street.

Detail from Sandringham Apartments at 1853 Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1927, Bu N257; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/sandringham-apartments-at-1853-nelson-street.

The house at 1857 Nelson Street became the “Sandringham Annex.”

Vancouver Province, September 9, 1933, page 23, column 2.

Vancouver Province, September 9, 1933, page 23, column 2.

1857 Nelson Street and 1853 Nelson Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1857 Nelson Street and 1853 Nelson Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

In 1976, Andre Molnar demolished the Sandringham Apartments and the Sandringham Annex. Architect Terry Hale designed a four-storey building for the site. It was called West Park condominium and it had an address of 1855 Nelson Street.

Model of townhouse complex, 1855 Nelson Street; “Memories Linger On,” Vancouver Province, July 8, 1976, page 21.

Model of townhouse complex, 1855 Nelson Street; “Memories Linger On,” Vancouver Province, July 8, 1976, page 21.

Vancouver Sun, April 10, 1976, page 13, columns 1-2.

Vancouver Sun, April 10, 1976, page 13, columns 1-2.

Vancouver Sun, January 28, 1977, page 51, columns 6-7.

Vancouver Sun, January 28, 1977, page 51, columns 6-7.

The building won a Canadian Housing Design Council award in 1978.

1855 Nelson Street; Google Streets; searched February 7, 2019; image dated May 2012.

1855 Nelson Street; Google Streets; searched February 7, 2019; image dated May 2012.

 

Sources

Vancouver Public Library, Historic Building Register, Historic Building Number 594, 1857 Nelson Street.

“Memories Linger On,” Vancouver Province, July 8, 1976, page 21.

Grant Residence, 1857 Nelson, Vancouver, B.C., Leslie Maitland, The Queen Anne Revival Style in Canadian Architecture, Ottawa, Minister of the Environment, 1990, page 146. Includes illustration: Vancouver Public Library photograph: VPL 49970. [The reference to “Grant Residence” appears to refer to the architect, George William Grant (1852-1925). There is no evidence that Mr. Grant lived in the house.]

Grant, George William (1852-1925), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1596, “Nelson Street, residence for Dr. W.E. Emmons, 1903; demol. 1976 (C.R., xiv, 12 Aug. 1903, 2, t.c.; L. Maitland, Queen Anne Revival Style in Canadian Architecture, 1990, 146, illus.).”

“This Low Rise Building Wins High Praise,” by Ethel Post, Vancouver Province, June 23, 1978, page 17 [includes illustrations and descriptions of the property].

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