1825 Robson Street

1825 Robson Street and 1819 Robson Street, 1962; detail from West End from the air; Vancouver City Archives, Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

1825 Robson Street was on the north side of Robson Street, west of Denman Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185; Block 65; west half of Lot 31.

1800 Block Robson Street - Detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1800 Block Robson Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.

 

1825 Robson Street and 1819 Robson Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; Vancouver City Archives: 1972-582.23; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

There are two 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].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Stuart, W. W.
Architect: Stuart, W. W.
Builder: Stuart, W. W.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-07-29
Street Number: 1825
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $220.00
Remarks: Garage
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-1190

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 4749
Owner: Murray, F. S.
Architect: Murray, F. S.
Builder: Murray, F. S.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1913-04-11
Street Number: 1825
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $50.00
Remarks: Dwelling house
Reference ID: VN-3400-3401-626

 

Vancouver Daily World, April 19, 1913, page 24, columns 1-3.

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1907 to 1920:

1908 to 1913; 1916 Stuart, Whitfield Walker
1914 to 1915 Shaw, Robert McLeod
1918 Austin, Albert Ernest
1919 to 1920 Preston, Charles

 

In 1918, the contents of the house were for sale by auction.

 

Vancouver Daily World, February 27, 1918, page 15, column 7.

 

Beginning in the 1920s, the house advertised rental accommodations.

 

Vancouver Province, April 23, 1921, page 18, column 7.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 14, 1928, page 20, column 6.

 

Vancouver Province, September 15, 1932, page 14, column 7.

 

Vancouver Province, October 7, 1933, page 19, column 6.

 

In 1948, the house was for sale.

 

Vancouver Province, December 4, 1948, page 27, column 7.

 

The house continued to offer rental accommodations through the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 4, 1949, page 45, column 2.

 

1825 Robson Street and 1819 Robson Street; detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 9, 1957, page 37, column 4.

 

In February 1968, a nearby 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.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 14, 1968, page 18, columns 7-8.

 

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.

 

Vancouver Province, May 3, 1968, page 13, column 3 [portion of larger series of notices].

1825 Robson Street was still offering rental suites in 1969.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 22, 1969, page 41, column 1.

 

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.

 

1800 block of Robson Street (north side); Vanmapp, City of Vancouver; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net/default.aspx. [Includes 1912 Goad’s map of Vancouver and property addresses in 2019.]

Northwest corner of Robson Street and Denman Street; Google Maps; searched May 2, 2019.

 

Northwest corner of Robson Street and Denman Street; Google Streets; searched May 2, 2019; image dated September 2015.

 

In 2019, the Times Square Suites Hotel operates an apartment hotel in the building.

 

 

Sources

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.