1906 Nelson Street

1906 Nelson Street, about 1908, detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, PAN P103, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

1906 Nelson Street, about 1908, detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, PAN P103, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

1906 Nelson Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1906 Nelson Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

1906 Nelson Street, 1957, detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; Vancouver City Archives; Dist P133; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

1906 Nelson Street, 1957, detail from Aerial view of the West End showing the increase of apartment buildings west of Cardero Street; Vancouver City Archives; Dist P133; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/aerial-view-of-west-end-showing-increase-of-apertment-buildings-west-of-cadero-street.

1906 Nelson Street was on the southwest corner of Nelson Street and Gilford Street.

Legal description: District Lot 185, Block 69, north halves of lots 8 and 9.

1900 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

1900 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.

1900 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

1900 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

1906 Nelson Street and 1019 Gilford 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.

1906 Nelson Street and 1019 Gilford 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.

The first occupants of the house were Donald Greenfield Macdonell and his wife, Edith.

Vancouver Province, November 25, 1905, page 13, column 4.

Vancouver Province, November 25, 1905, page 13, column 4.

It appears that Edith Macdonell was the actual owner of the property; it formed part of her estate when she died in 1910.

Edith Macdonell; probate file; letter from British Columbia Treasury Department, August 11, 1911; British Columbia Supreme Court (Vancouver); accession number(s): 91-4202; File location: microfilm reel B02553; Probate P – 01892: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-897Z-D32T?i=68&wc=M69N-G29%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332711701&cc=2014768.

Edith Macdonell; probate file; letter from British Columbia Treasury Department, August 11, 1911; British Columbia Supreme Court (Vancouver); accession number(s): 91-4202; File location: microfilm reel B02553; Probate P – 01892: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-897Z-D32T?i=68&wc=M69N-G29%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332711701&cc=2014768.

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 February 8, 2019].

Vancouver directory listings from 1906 to 1931.

1907 to 1916 Donald Greenfield Macdonell (listed as 1900 Nelson Street in 1906).
1917 to 1931 James Murray Lay

From the 1930s to the late 1950s, the house was a rooming house.

Vancouver Province, June 15, 1934, page 20, column 5.

Vancouver Province, June 15, 1934, page 20, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, September 8, 1951, page 34, column 7.

Vancouver Sun, September 8, 1951, page 34, column 7.

In March 1958, a house-wrecking firm demolished the house.

Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1958, page 34, column 8.

Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1958, page 34, column 8.

By February 1959, an apartment building called “Four Winds” was on the site.

Vancouver Sun, February 27, 1959, page 38, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, February 27, 1959, page 38, column 6.

1906 Nelson Street; Google Streets; searched February 8, 2019; image dated May 2014.

1906 Nelson Street; Google Streets; searched February 8, 2019; image dated May 2014.

 

Sources

Four Winds, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 1906 Nelson Street; http://urbandb.com/canada/british-columbia/vancouver/four-winds/index.html#.XF5cqlVKjIU

Reliance Properties; 1906 Nelson Street; https://www.relianceproperties.ca/residential/1906-nelson-street/.

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