1819 Robson Street was on the north side of Robson Street, west of Denman Street.
Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 65; east half of Lot 31.
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 May 2, 2019].
Vancouver directory listings from 1907 to 1920:
|1907 to 1910||Baker, George Burnard|
|1911 to 1912||Smith, James Arthur|
|1913||Griesbach, Emma Maria|
|1915||McWilliams, Annie Lillian|
|1917||King, Percival Faulkner|
|1918||Thomas, Ernest Webb|
|1919 to 1920||Barrs, Frank Arthur Anderson|
The house appeared in an advertisement for sale in 1907. (It is not certain if the house itself was for sale, or if the address was merely a contact address for the seller of the property.)
In 1910 and 1914, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.
From time to time, the house offered rental accommodation.
By 1954, a service station had appeared on the lot next door to 1819 Robson Street. The service station’s address was 785 Denman Street.
The service station was part of Standard Oil of British Columbia’s system of Chevron outlets.
In February 1968, the service station was proposing to use the lot at 1819 Robson Street as a parking lot. The owner of 1825 Robson Street objected to the plan, since it would “lock in” the lot at 1825 Robson.
It appears that Standard Oil purchased 1825 Robson Street. In May 1968, Standard Oil applied to rezone both 1819 Robson Street and 1825 Robson Street for commercial use.
The property remained part of the service station property until the early 1990s.
The service station later closed, and a four-storey building appeared on the property. The newer building had a street address of 1821 Robson Street. It occupied almost all of Lot 30 and the south portion of Lot 31.
In 2019, the Times Square Suites Hotel operates an apartment hotel in the building.
Vancouver City Council; Council Meeting Minutes, Vol. 87; Aug. 04, 1964; File F087; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/council-meeting-minutes-vol-87-aug-04-1964: Building and planning matters – rezoning application: 1819 Robson Street – Standard Oil Company of B.C. –, p. 9, 34; Delegations – rezoning application: 1819 Robson Street – W.H. Fraser for Standard Oil Company of B.C., p. 6.”
Vancouver City Council; Council Meeting Minutes: Feb. 6, 1968; File F097.23; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/council-meeting-minutes-feb-6-1968: Building and planning matters – proposed parking area – 1819 Robson Street — p. 744, 789-790.
Vancouver City Council; Council Meeting Minutes: Feb. 13, 1968; File F097.24; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/council-meeting-minutes-feb-13-1968: Delegations and unfinished business – proposed parking – 1819 Robson Street — p. 820.
Vancouver City Council; Council Meeting Minutes: Mar. 19, 1968; File F098.04; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/council-meeting-minutes-mar-19-1968: communications or petitions – development permit: 1819 Robson Street (Standard Oil Company) — p.109.
Times Square Suites Hotel; https://www.timessquaresuites.com/en-gb.