2075 Nelson Street

2075 Nelson Street - about 1910 - detail from postcard Types of Homes - Vancouver BC

2075 Nelson Street – about 1910 – detail from postcard Types of Homes – Vancouver BC

2075 Nelson Street - 1908- detail from Vancouver City Archives - PAN P103 - [View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street;rad

2075 Nelson Street – 1908- detail from Vancouver City Archives – PAN P103 – [View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street;rad

2075 Nelson Street - about 1910 - detail from postcard Sunny Vancouver Residences

2075 Nelson Street – about 1910 – detail from postcard Sunny Vancouver Residences

2075 Nelson Street - about 1915 - detail from Nelson Street Vancouver - Vancouver City Archives - Str P181-2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nelson-street-vancouver

2075 Nelson Street – about 1915 – detail from Nelson Street Vancouver – Vancouver City Archives – Str P181-2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nelson-street-vancouver

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.

2000 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

2000 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.

2075 Nelson Street; 1913, detail from Chilco Street to Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park boundary to Pendrell Street; 1972-582.37 – Plate 62; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.37; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-62-chilco-street-to-burrard-inlet-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-pendrell-street.

2075 Nelson Street; 1913, detail from Chilco Street to Burrard Inlet to Stanley Park boundary to Pendrell Street; 1972-582.37 – Plate 62; Reference code: AM1594-MAP 383-: 1972-582.37; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-62-chilco-street-to-burrard-inlet-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-pendrell-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 13, 2019].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Johnston, B. B.
Architect: Johnston, B. B.
Builder: Acorn, D. A.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 68 Sub: Resub: Lot: 22
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-09-11
Street Number: 2075
Street Name: Nelson Street
Value: $350.00
Remarks: Frame garage
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-2481

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

Vernon Manor

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.)

Vancouver Province, March 26, 1938, page 1, column 5.

Vancouver Province, March 26, 1938, page 1, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, March 26, 1938, page 1, column 1.

Vancouver Sun, March 26, 1938, page 1, column 1.

In April 1938, house wreckers demolished the house at 2075 Nelson Street.

Vancouver Province, April 13, 1938, page 19, column 1.

Vancouver Province, April 13, 1938, page 19, column 1.

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.

Vancouver Sun, April 27, 1939, page 2, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, April 27, 1939, page 2, column 3.

The new architect for the building was Ross Lort.

Vancouver Sun, May 13, 1939, page 29, columns 2-6.

Vancouver Sun, May 13, 1939, page 29, columns 2-6.

By September 1939, the apartments were available for rentals.

Vancouver Province, September 19, 1939, page 6, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Province, September 19, 1939, page 6, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, September 23, 1939, page 26, columns 5-8.

Vancouver Sun, September 23, 1939, page 26, columns 5-8.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor, about 1966; detail from Northwest facing cityscape view of the West End; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 780-384; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/northwest-facing-cityscape-view-of-west-end.

2075 Nelson Street, Vernon Manor, about 1966; detail from Northwest facing cityscape view of the West End; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 780-384; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/northwest-facing-cityscape-view-of-west-end.

 

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.

Vancouver Sun, February 17, 1973, page 35, columns 3-5.

Vancouver Sun, February 17, 1973, page 35, columns 3-5.

The city agreed to allow the building to go ahead.

Vancouver Sun, February 21, 1973, page 12, columns 4-5.

Vancouver Sun, February 21, 1973, page 12, columns 4-5.

Vernon Manor was still in operation until a wrecking crew demolished the building in September 1973.

Vancouver Sun, September 14, 1973, page 16, columns 1-5.

Vancouver Sun, September 14, 1973, page 16, columns 1-5.

By September 1975, the new building was available to rent.

Vancouver Sun, September 22, 1975, page 46, columns 5-6.

Vancouver Sun, September 22, 1975, page 46, columns 5-6.

 

Sources

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).

 

 

4 thoughts on “2075 Nelson Street

  1. Pingback: Benjamin Burrows Johnston (1855-1908) | westendvancouver

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