1960 Robson Street

1960 Robson Street - detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12.25, (detail), reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

1960 Robson Street – detail from National Air Photo Library BC 12.25, (detail), reproduced in Above Canada: Then and Now, John McQuarrie, Ottawa, Magic Light Publishing, 1999, page 193.

1960 Robson Street was on the south side of Robson Street, just east of Chilco Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 66, Lot 12 (This is the legal description for the lot on which the house itself stood. However, the property also included lots 10 and 11.)

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

There are three references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched January 2, 2014].

It appears that Mrs. Albert Edward Lewis built the original house in 1901. The architect was “G.C. Mesher”, who is probably George Charles Mesher (1860-1938). Further information on Mr. Mesher appear in the following sources:

  1. MESHER, George Charles (1860-1938), Dictionary of Architects in Canada, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/699.
  2. Biographical information on Mr. Mesher in this discussion of the Sayward Building in Victoria, British Columbia: http://wikimapia.org/3288836/Sayward-Building.
  3. Mr. Mesher designed several houses in Victoria in the early 1900s: http://victoriahistory.ca/property.php?fun=search&arch=George%20Charles%20Mesher.

The house was called “Fairmount,” which was a name from Mrs. Lewis’s family tradition. Before her marriage, she was Helen Frances Mitcheson Bagg, a daughter of Stanley Clarke Bagg of Montreal. The Bagg family home in Montreal was also called “Fairmont.”

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Lewis, Ed. (Mrs.)
Architect: Mesher, G. C.
Builder: Mesher, G. C.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 11
Date (Y-M-D): 1901-07-09
Street Number:
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $6,000.00
Remarks: Frame dwelling & stone foundation
Reference ID: VN-8240-8241-13

Albert Edward Lewis died in Paris, France, in 1908. In 1911, Mrs. Lewis married Herbert Charles Drummond (1864-1938). The Drummons renovated and enlarged the house at 1960 Robson Street.

District: Vancouver
Permit: 2680
Owner: Drummond, H.
Architect: Woolridge & Southcott
Builder: Woolridge & Southcott
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1912-06-14
Street Number: 1960
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $1,400.00
Remarks: Dwelling/house; frame garage [DBR]
Reference ID: VN-3300-3301-1465

..

District: Vancouver
Permit: 4250
Owner: Drummond, H. C.
Architect: Maclure & Fox
Builder: McPherson & Sinclair
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 66 Sub: Resub: Lot: 12
Date (Y-M-D): 1913-02-03
Street Number: 1960
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $5,000.00
Remarks: Dwelling house; addition to residence [VP]
Reference ID: VN-3400-3401-131

Directory listings for 1960 Robson Street:

Sumora, Mary Ann 1900
Lewis, Edward 1902 to 1906
Ridley, Henry Edward 1906
Griffin, William Martin 1907
Russell, Joseph Ambrose 1908 to 1910
Quigley, Sara Jane 1911
Grosvenor, Francis Egerton 1912
Drummond, Herbert Charles 1913 to 1938
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