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.
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].
|Architect:||Grant & Henderson|
|Builder:||Purdy & Lonergan|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 36-37|
|Street Name:||Nelson Street|
|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.]|
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.
The house at 1857 Nelson Street became the “Sandringham Annex.”
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.
The building won a Canadian Housing Design Council award in 1978.
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].