Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 42.
Joseph Ambrose Russell, a prominent Vancouver lawyer, hired Warren H. Milner of Seattle to design the house. (Warren Milner also designed the Horse Show Building, which was about a block away from the Russell house. Part of the Horse Show Building appears in the far left background in the photograph above.)
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 December 30, 2013].
|Owner:||Russell, J. A.|
|Architect:||Milner, W. H.|
|Legal Address:||DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 41-42|
|Street Name:||Chilco Street & Robson Street|
|Remarks:||Framed house (1973 Robson Street)|
The house was ready by 1910; the Russell family lived there until about 1937.
Vancouver directory listings for 1973 Robson Street from 1910 to 1937.
|1910 to 1937||Russell, Joseph Ambrose|
The house later became a rooming house.
In 1947, a restaurant called the “Chilco Grill” opened in the building. (The restaurant’s address sometimes appeared as 710 Chilco Street.) The first operators of the restaurant were Rene Nuytten and Anna Bakalaryk. Lena Bakalaryk was the restaurant’s cashier.
In 1948, Rene and Anna leased the property to John Todasko.After a series of assignments of the lease and following many disputes about the activities of some of the tenants, Rene and Anna persuaded the court to cancel both the lease and the option to purchase.
The court’s lengthy reasons are available here: Nuytten v. Stein, 1954 CanLII 276;  2 DLR 785 [Dominion Law Reports]; 12 WWR (NS) 465 [Western Weekly Reports (New Series)]; https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/1954/1954canlii276/1954canlii276.html.
The house continued as an apartment building and rooming house.
In the 1950s it was called “Chilco Lodge.”
In 1957, the house was demolished.
Self-Owned Apartments Limited built an 11-storey apartment building on the site. Kenneth Gardner designed the building, which was called “Chilco Towers.” The street address became 710 Chilco Street.
Robson and Chilco Streets: https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/robson-and-chilco-streets/
Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Russell, Joseph Ambrose and Jessie Millar, House, West End, Vancouver, BC, Canada (1909-1910) demolished; http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/building/19527/. [Includes information on the architectural features of the house.]