Map of the Century Signs Houses

Here’s our two dozen houses from 1912 and earlier, all ones sporting our plaques in their front yards. Most of the photographs are by Penny Street. Readers interested in further analysis of common Vancouver housing styles of the period should seek out the book Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, particularly the graphic on pages 90-1; unfortunately, there’s no good on-line source for that material yet although the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is working on a web tool.

10 thoughts on “Map of the Century Signs Houses

  1. It is amazing what a group of truly interested and dedicated volunteers can do in a short period of time! In just a few weeks you have gone from concept, to design, to getting the signs made, to researching the houses, to contacting the owners, to placing the signs, to fundraising, to getting good media coverage and to making this map with lots of useful information and photos on it. Finally you have been informing all kinds of people about Grandview’s heritage, including all those people who from now on will be walking down Grandview’s streets past these signs. Wow


  2. The interactive map of the houses looks good, but it looks like you’ve forgotten our house at 1710 Victoria Dr. – unless I’m missing something on my map.


  3. Hi Don: Yes, 1710 Victoria IS there, it is just hidden behind the flag for 1718. If you select “See Larger Map” and then expand the map (using the + button on the top left) you can zoom in and see it. Also, if you click on 1710 Victoria in the list on the far left it will bring up the description and image. Hope that helps!


  4. What a nice surprise to get a sign yesterday at our home, 1862 Charles. Thanks for including us in this project, it is nice to see some attention being given to the rich history of or neighbourhood.


  5. Wonderful job with the signs! I’ve been really enjoying stopping at each one to marvel the age of these beauties.

    How do you apply for one actually? We are at 1147 Semlin dr. Or house is 112 years old we were told.


    1. Hi there: Many thanks for your comments and interest in the campaign. We have completed our project for 2012, but we will return to it in 2013 and I am happy to add your address to the list of potential sites.

      That part of Semlin was not opened until about 1909, by the way; and I cannot find a building permit for #1147 and nor can I find any listing in the City Directories up to and including the year 1918. However, one of the city’s databases suggests a building date of 1912 and it may be — as often has happened — the street address has changed over the years and so we need to do a little more research. If you happen to go to the City Archives, they can show you how to look up the date the building was attached to the city water supply, which is a mighty fine clue to its age.


  6. hi, our house was built in 1912 (2711 woodland drive) and we are going to have a 100 year birthday for the house, and wondered how we go about getting a sign from the heritage group?


    1. Hi Karen: Couple of things: First, as mentioned above, our 2012 campaign has been completed; and second, the area we cover only goes south to Broadway, and thus 2711 Woodland would not be included. We strongly encourage other areas such as Cedar Cottage to raise the profile of heritage by starting similar campaigns. Thanks for your interest and good luck with your party!


  7. Hi Jak, Kudo’s to you and the rest of your group for taking the time and making the effort to increase knowledge of our historic neighborhood. I, too, would like to know how our home might be included on your list. We live at 1854 William Street and to the best of our knowledge it was built in 1910. I’d also like to know how we might be able to find out more about the history of our home and would be appreciative of your advice on this. Thanks in advance – The Douglas/Kanashiro’s


  8. Hi there! Please send me an email to and we can chat at more length about your house. However, in brief, on the right sidebar of our main page we have links to the Vancouver City Directories, which are available on line through 1947, and the wonderful new Building Permits Database. These can usually provide substantial information though there are gaps in the permits database. You can also visit the Vancouver City Archives where you can look up the Water Permit for the house. This will generally tell you the date of first occupation along with other useful data.

    In January 2013 we are hoping to hold a seminar on house histories which will go into considerable depth on these and other available tools.


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