1960 Robson Street

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1939, page 17, column 3.

1960 Robson Street, Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1939, page 17, column 3.

 

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.

 

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.

 

1960 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 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 May 17, 2019].

Mrs. Albert Edward Lewis built the original house in 1901. The architect was “G.C. Mesher”, who was probably George Charles Mesher (1860-1938). (The notice in the Vancouver World referred to Mr. Mesher as “A. C. Meshes.”)

 

Vancouver Daily World, July 10, 1901, page 8, column 4 [selected portions].

Vancouver Daily World, July 10, 1901, page 8, column 4 [selected portions].

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 Drummonds renovated and enlarged the house.

 

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

 

Vancouver Daily World, February 4, 1913, page 15, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, February 4, 1913, page 15, column 3.

 

Directory listings from 1900 to 1938:

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

 

Herbert Drummond died in 1938.

In 1939 the house was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1939, page 22, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1939, page 22, column 5.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 6, 1939, page 24, column 5.

Vancouver Sun, May 6, 1939, page 24, column 5.

 

Bennett and White Construction Company became the new owners. They leased the house to Joseph Berton Woodland Green (1888-1971) and Martha Judith Genevieve Green (nee Hammergren) (1898-1963).

The Greens converted the house into apartments. They also had a business at 571 Howe Street called “Viking Cottage Weavers.”

 

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1941, page 689.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1941, page 689.

 

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1941, page 1095.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1941, page 1095.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 29, 1940, page 13, columns 4-5.

Vancouver Sun, June 29, 1940, page 13, columns 4-5.

 

In 1944, a new owner applied to get possession of the house, but the court allowed the Greens to carry on with their apartment rentals.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 8, 1944, page 13, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, August 8, 1944, page 13, column 4.

 

The Greens stayed on the property until about 1946. Later a series of tenants lived in the house.

 

1960 Robson Street, detail from First Beach, 1954; BO-54-211; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

In January 1959, an architect applied to build a nine-storey apartment building on the property. The city wanted to include the balconies as part of the floor space.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1959, page 10, columns 5-7.

Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1959, page 10, columns 5-7.

The architect later resolved the balcony issue, and in March 1959 the house was demolished.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 4, 1959, page 43, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, March 4, 1959, page 43, column 4.

 

The new building was called “Lagoon Terrace.”

 

Vancouver Sun, November 21, 1959, page 19.

Vancouver Sun, November 21, 1959, page 19.

 

1960 Robson Street, Lagoon Terrace; Google Streets, searched May 17, 2019; image dated October 2018.

 

The Chatsworth

Blocks 10 and 11 of the original property became the site of The Chatsworth, an apartment building with a street address of 1950 Robson Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 2, 1940, page 27.

Vancouver Sun, November 2, 1940, page 27.

 

The Chatsworth, 1950 Robson Street, 1978; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 786-3.13; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1950-robson-street.

The Chatsworth, 1950 Robson Street, 1978; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 786-3.13; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1950-robson-street.

 

The 1940 building was demolished, and a new Chatsworth condominium appeared on the site in 1985.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 23, 1985, page 79, column 2.

Vancouver Sun, February 23, 1985, page 79, column 2.

 

Chatsworth, 1950 Robson Street, searched November 22, 2018; https://www.condoinvancouver.ca/r2314686-507-1950-robson-street.

Chatsworth, 1950 Robson Street, searched November 22, 2018; https://www.condoinvancouver.ca/r2314686-507-1950-robson-street.

 

Sources

George Charles Mesher

MESHER, George Charles (1860-1938), Dictionary of Architects in Canada, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/699.

Sayward Building in Victoria, British Columbia: http://wikimapia.org/3288836/Sayward-Building.

George Charles Mesher designs for several houses in Victoria in the early 1900s: http://victoriahistory.ca/property.php?fun=search&arch=George%20Charles%20Mesher.

 

Joseph Berton Woodland Green and and Martha Judith Genevieve Hammergren

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8T-13P : 11 March 2018), Joseph Berton Woodland Green and Martha Judith Genevieve Hammergren, 13 Sep 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13753, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,506; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b9336e24-8c8f-42d8-8c69-c4b7fcebb3c0.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBF-64C : 8 November 2017), Joseph Berton Woodland Green, 1971; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/32ea7363-27e6-405c-bc45-66a05ce90fb6.

Joseph Berton Woodland Green, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 24, 1971, page 33, column 2.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTN-L2B : 8 November 2017), Martha Judith Genevieve Green, 1963; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/6ffc021d-401b-4aa4-a32c-27048e0b439e.

Martha Judith Genevieve Green, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 11, 1963, page 30, column 2.

 

Lagoon Terrace

Lagoon Terrace, 1960 Robson Street; https://bccondos.net/1960-robson.

Lagoon Terrace – 1960 Robson Street; https://www.vancouvercondos.ca/lagoon-terrace-1960-robson-street-vancouver.

Lagoon Terrace, 1960 Robson Street; https://designkultur.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/architecture-west-coast-modernism-lagoon-terrace-vancouver-1960-2010-kenneth-h-gardner-architect/. A detailed review of the building, with many illustrations.

 

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