The Grandview Database: An Introduction

In the menu above, you will find a listing: “Grandview Database“.  This is an historical catalog of roughly 5,000 properties in Grandview, nearly 1,200 of which no longer exist.

Each entry lists in chronological order all the information known about that lot or property, including, where appropriate, details of the properties that existed on that lot prior to the construction of the existing structure. The most complete information is for properties built before 1925.

Properties that exist today have a white background, while properties that have disappeared are on green background.

Published as a pdf file, your pdf reader will enable you to search for individual addresses, names, businesses, or any other text. Note that to search for addresses in numbered avenues leave off “st”, “nd” or “rd” as relevant: i,.e to search for 1234 E. 4th, search for “1234 E. 4”.

Information on current properties is based on the latest data from VanMap and walking surveys. Historical information is derived from the Vancouver Heritage Building Permits database, City Directories, the 1910, 1912, and 1930 Insurance maps, the 1901, 1911, and 1921 censuses, and extensive research in the “Highland Echo“, “Vancouver World“, “Western Call”, “Province“, “Vancouver Building Record”, and “News-Advertiser“.  Other research (such as early correspondence with the Board of Works, and other archival materials) is noted in referenced end notes. Finally, we are also adding data from Changes on The Drive which supplies storefront information on Commercial Drive from 2011 to the present day.

Although the database as published today already represents four years’ work, we still have many thousands of data points collected and not yet entered, and still we continue to collect and enter on a daily basis!

Since December 2015, we have published an update at the beginning of each month in order that the latest version is continually available to those for whom this work is of interest and value.

We hope you enjoy this unique reference to our wonderful community!


2 thoughts on “The Grandview Database: An Introduction

  1. Hi there: The information we currently have collected and entered on 1966 William is shown on page 144. There is no further “page” for that address, per se.

    As you can see, all we have at this point is the original building permit data and the fact that the house was shown on Goad’s map of 1912. There may well be additional data in the information collected but not entered and this will appear as we publish monthly updates. Much of this will consist of the annual entries in the City Directories; these are available through 1955 online at, and from newspaper ads for the property over the years.

    We welcome any and information you might have that we can add to the dstabase — such as the year you purchased the house and who was the previous owner.

    Hope that helps.


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