2075 Nelson Street was on the north side of Nelson Street, just east of the Stanley Park boundary.
Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 68, Lots 22-23.
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 13, 2019].
|Owner:||Johnston, B. B.|
|Architect:||Johnston, B. B.|
|Builder:||Acorn, D. A.|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 22|
|Street Name:||Nelson Street|
The builder, Dougal (or Douglas) Alexander Acorn, was born in Prince Edward Island in 1874; he died in Vancouver in 1942.
Vancouver directory listings from 1906 to 1938:
|1906 to 1908||Johnston, Benjamin Burrows|
|1909 to 1915||Johnston, Emma (wife of Benjamin Burrows Johnston)|
|1916 to 1918||MacAdam, John Vincent|
|1916 to 1918||MacAdam, Vincent Leo|
|1919 to 1921||Gyles, George Frederick|
|1923 to 1938||Furber, Montague|
Montague and Beatrice Furber lived at 2075 Nelson Street until 1938. They arranged to demolish the house and to replace it with an apartment building, which was called Vernon Manor. Beatrice’s father was Forbes George Vernon (1843-1911), a prominent figure in British Columbia history. The City of Vernon is named after him. (Further information appears on the page for Montague Furber.)
In April 1938, house wreckers demolished the house at 2075 Nelson Street.
In 1939, Sharp and Thompson, the architects for the new building, sued to recover their fees for preparing the plans. The court dismissed their claim.
The new architect for the building was Ross Lort.
By September 1939, the apartments were available for rentals.
New Apartment Building in 1970s
In early 1973, a construction firm was preparing to build a 23-storey apartment building on the property. The address of the new building was 2077 Nelson Street. The City of Vancouver was involved in a dispute with the developers over the zoning density.
The city agreed to allow the building to go ahead.
Vernon Manor was still in operation until a wrecking crew demolished the building in September 1973.
By September 1975, the new building was available to rent.
George Lister Thornton Sharp, (1880-1974), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1297: “Vernon Manor Apartments, Nelson Street at Stanley Park, 1938 (Vancouver Sun, 26 March 1938, 1, t.c.).”
Ross Anthony Lort (1889-1968), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/2498: “Vernon Manor Apartments, Nelson Street near Chilco Street, for E.M. Craig & Co., 1939 (C.R., lii, 31 May 1939, 31; dwgs. City of Vancouver Archives).