1919 Robson Street

1919 Robson Street - detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12-25; reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

1919 Robson Street – detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12-25; reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

1919 Robson Street - detail from The Causeway and Coal Harbor - Vancouver from Milltown to Metropolis - Alan Morley - 1961 - facing page 210

1919 Robson Street – detail from The Causeway and Coal Harbor – Vancouver from Milltown to Metropolis – Alan Morley – 1961 – facing page 210

1919 Robson Street was on the north side of Robson Street, just east of Gilford Street. It was probably the only house in Canada designed by the famous California architects Charles Sumner Greene (1868–1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870–1954) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_and_Greene].

Roger Henry Carleton Green (sometimes called “Henry Green,” “R.H.C. Green,” or “R.Henry C. Green”) was a lawyer originally from Ireland. He lived in Toronto, Ontario, for a time, and then went with his family to live in southern California. After becoming familiar with the work of Greene and Greene, he had them design this half-timbered stucco house.

1919 Robson Street - front elevation - 1- Makinson - Greene and Greene - 1977 - page 94

1919 Robson Street – front elevation – 1- Makinson – Greene and Greene – 1977 – page 94

1919 Robson Street - detail from City of Vancouver Archives - Mr. McLeod's house, 1933 Robson Street - AM1535 - CVA 99-1368 -1920; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mr-mcleods-house-1933-robson-street;rad

1919 Robson Street – detail from City of Vancouver Archives – Mr. McLeod’s house, 1933 Robson Street – AM1535 – CVA 99-1368 -1920; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mr-mcleods-house-1933-robson-street;rad

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1919 Robson Street - Rear yard - 1907 - detail from Vancouver Public Library - West End and Stanley Park views - VPL Accession Number 5447

1919 Robson Street – Rear yard – 1907 – detail from Vancouver Public Library – West End and Stanley Park views – VPL Accession Number 5447

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 38 (the house was on lot 38, but the property also included lot 37).

1900 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

1900 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

1919 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.

1919 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 January 8, 2014].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Greene, R. H.
Architect: Greene & Greene
Builder: Hepburn, W.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 37-38
Date (Y-M-D): 1904-05-26
Street Number:
Street Name: Robson Street & Gilford Street
Value: $8,000.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling
Reference ID: VN-8210-8211-20

The builder was probably Walter Hepburn (1857-1940), a contractor who was originally from Quebec: Walter Hepburn, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 936-939, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/936/mode/1up.

Vancouver directory listings for 1919 Robson Street (to 1920):

1905 to 1908; 1912 to 1916; 1918 to 1920 Green, Roger Henry Carleton
1909 to 1911 McInnes, William Wallace Burns
1917 Cummings, Charles Victor

After 1920, members of the Green family continued to live in the house for many years.

In 1935, the house was available to rent.

Vancouver Province, January 26, 1935, page 19, column 3.

Vancouver Province, January 26, 1935, page 19, column 3.

In 1943, the National Housing Administration took over the house and converted it into accommodation for tenants whose work was important for the war effort.

Vancouver Sun, September 1, 1943, page 17, column 3.

Vancouver Sun, September 1, 1943, page 17, column 3.

The house continued as an apartment house until about 1969.

Vancouver Sun, April 2, 1964, page 48, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, April 2, 1964, page 48, column 2.

1919 Robson Street; from Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis, by Alan Morley; Vancouver, Mitchell Press, 1961, facing page 210; original photograph by George Allen Aerial Photos.

1919 Robson Street; from Vancouver: From Milltown to Metropolis, by Alan Morley; Vancouver, Mitchell Press, 1961, facing page 210; original photograph by George Allen Aerial Photos.

In 1970, lots 37 and 38 became the site of the Ilikai Apartments, with a street address of 1905 Robson Street.

1905 Robson Street, source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

1905 Robson Street, source map: City of Vancouver, Vanmapp; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net.

Most earlier advertisements for 1905 Robson Street also referred to another apartment building at 1920 Alberni Street, which was just north of 1905 Robson.

Vancouver Sun, July 17, 1970, page 43, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, July 17, 1970, page 43, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, March 27, 1971, page 50, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, March 27, 1971, page 50, columns 7-8.

Ilikai Apartments, 1905 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC; https://www.hollyburn.com/building/ilikai/.

Ilikai Apartments, 1905 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC; https://www.hollyburn.com/building/ilikai/.

 

Sources

Randall L. Makinson, Greene and Greene: Architecture as a Fine Art, Salt Lake City and Santa Barbara, Peregrine Smith, 1977, page 94.

R. Henry C. Green House (Vancouver, B.C.) Residence for R. Henry C. Green Esq. at Vancouver, B.C., [Canada] / Greene & Greene, Architects. 1904 8 drawings various media 48 x 58.4 cm. (18 7/8 x 23 in.) or smaller, Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library; Greene & Greene Architectural Records and Paper Collections, http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/avery/greene/html/subs/NYDA89-F381.html, includes copies of architectual drawings.

“Revival of Arts and Crafts renews interest in Robson Street’s ‘ultimate bungalow’,”Vancouver Sun, March 19, 2001, page B3, includes illustration of front elevation.

Wartime Housing Limited, 1941-1947; Canadian Housing Policy at the Crossroads, by Catherine Jill Wade, M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia, 1984; https://open.library.ubc.ca/media/download/pdf/831/1.0096317/1.

Ilikai, 1905 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC; https://www.hollyburn.com/building/ilikai/.

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