1973 Robson Street

1973 Robson Street - Vancouver City Archives - M-11-59 - A Vancouver residence [in the West End probably on the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-residence-in-west-end-probably-on-northeast-corner-of-robson-street-and-chilco-street;rad

1973 Robson Street – Vancouver City Archives – M-11-59 – A Vancouver residence [in the West End probably on the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-residence-in-west-end-probably-on-northeast-corner-of-robson-street-and-chilco-street;rad

1973 Robson Street was a large house on a sloped lot at the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 65, Lot 42.

Chilco Street between Alberni Street and Robson Street - Detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street

Chilco Street between Alberni Street and Robson Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street

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].

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Russell, J. A.
Architect: Milner, W. H.
Builder: Cox, E.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 65 Sub: Resub: Lot: 41-42
Date (Y-M-D): 1909-03-25
Street Number: 1973
Street Name: Chilco Street & Robson Street
Value: $5,000.00
Remarks: Framed house (1973 Robson Street)
Reference ID: VN-3017-3017-79

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.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1948, page 447.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1948, page 447.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1948, page 381.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1948, page 381.

Chilco Grill menu, about 1948-1952; Museum of Vancouver; H2006.55.58; http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/object/history/h20065558.

Chilco Grill menu, about 1948-1952; Museum of Vancouver; H2006.55.58; http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/object/history/h20065558.

In 1948, Rene and Anna leased the property to John Todasko.

Vancouver Sun, July 24, 1948, page 3, columns 6-8 [edited image: includes photograph by Tom Christopherson: Interior of the Chilco Grill, 1948, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 80607A; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1923/80607A.jpg].

Vancouver Sun, July 24, 1948, page 3, columns 6-8 [edited image: includes photograph by Tom Christopherson: Interior of the Chilco Grill, 1948, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 80607A; https://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1923/80607A.jpg%5D.

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.

Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1954, page 6, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1954, page 6, columns 7-8.

The court’s lengthy reasons are available here: Nuytten v. Stein, 1954 CanLII 276; [1954] 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.”

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1955, page 160.

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1955, page 160.

In 1957, the house was demolished.

The Vancouver Sun, May 23, 1957, page 29, column 3.

The Vancouver Sun, May 23, 1957, page 29, column 3.

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.

The Vancouver Sun, July 6, 1957, page 8, columns 1-2.

The Vancouver Sun, July 6, 1957, page 8, columns 1-2.

 

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

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

 

Vintage Vancouver: The West End, Kenneth Gardner and a vanished era; by Gordon Price, May 10, 2013; [greyscale version]; https://pricetags.ca/2013/05/10/vintage-vancouver-the-west-end-kenneth-gardner-and-a-vanished-era/.

Vintage Vancouver: The West End, Kenneth Gardner and a vanished era; by Gordon Price, May 10, 2013; [greyscale version]; https://pricetags.ca/2013/05/10/vintage-vancouver-the-west-end-kenneth-gardner-and-a-vanished-era/.

710 Chilco Street, Google Streets; searched January 13, 2019; image dated June 2017.

710 Chilco Street, Google Streets; searched January 13, 2019; image dated June 2017.

 

Sources

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.]

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