1875 Robson Street

1875 Robson Street, detail from First Beach, 1954, BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.


1875 Robson Street, 1962; detail from West End from the air; Vancouver City Archives, Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.


1875 Robson Street was on the north side of Robson Street, east of Gilford Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 35.


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.


1875 Robson Street and 1859 Robson Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-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 May 6, 2019].


District: Vancouver
Owner: Watson, E.
Architect: Dalton & Eveleigh
Builder: Watson, E.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 35
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-04-08
Street Number: [1875]
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $4,600.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling
Reference ID: VN-8341-8342-14


Vancouver directory addresses from 1905 to 1920:

1905 to 1908; 1910 to 1911; 1914 Thynne, Arthur Granville
1909 Macdonald, William Alexander
1912 Moorehead, Theodore Parker
1913 Thynne, F.J. (possible relative of Arthur Granville Thynne)
1915 to 1920 Robertson, Gideon
1921 to 1922 Robertson, Elizabeth (widow of Gideon Robertson)



Vancouver Province, February 1, 1909, page 9, column 4.


Vancouver Province, June 27, 1914, page 8, column 6.


The house was a private residence until 1927.

William J. Williams, an accountant, was in the house from 1922 to 1923.

Doctor James Harold Jones, the medical superintendent of Shaughnessy Hospital, lived in the house from 1924 to 1927.

In the 1928 Vancouver directory, the house was vacant.

Later in 1928, the house was “Rosa Apartments.”


Vancouver Province, August 15, 1928, page 23, column 8.


By 1929, the house was called “Chalet View Apartments.”


Vancouver Province, October 10, 1929, page 23, column 8.


The Chalet View Apartments remained in operation until the 1950s.


Vancouver Province, September 11, 1937, page 28, column 7.


In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the property was for sale.


Vancouver Sun, June 7, 1958, page 41, column 3.


Vancouver Sun, May 2, 1959, page 47, column 3.


Vancouver Sun, August 23, 1962, page 42, column 1.


In the fall of 1963, the City of Vancouver approved an apartment building on the site. It appears that the building was also to occupy the property next door, at 1859 Robson Street.


Vancouver Sun, November 13, 1963, page 29, column 5.


The new 12-storey building was advertising rentals in April 1964. It was called “Camelot Apartments,” probably inspired by the musical play that was popular at the time.


Vancouver Sun, April 10, 1964, page 40, column 3.


Vancouver Sun, April 17, 1964, page 45, column 3.


1875 Robson Street; 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.]

1875 Robson Street; Google Streets, searched May 6, 2019; image dated June 2016.



Camelot, 1875 Robson Street, Vancouver BC Canada; http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=53887.

Camelot, 1875 Robson Street, Vancouver BC Canada; https://www.emporis.com/buildings/113143/camelot-vancouver-canada.

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