What Might Have Been

Anyone who knows Commercial Drive knows Joe’s Cafe on the corner of William Street. It is an unprepossessing single-storey flat-roofed structure, not unlike many other similar buildings along the Drive.  This one has been that way since Harry Evans had it built in 1910: Building Permit issued 9th November 1910 Owner: Harry Evans Architect: TownshendContinue reading “What Might Have Been”

Clearing Victoria Park 1909

The following is what is almost certainly a previously unknown photograph of the clearing of Victoria Park in 1909.  The image was taken by Edward Faraday Odlum and is shown here courtesy of Ms. Ruth Raymond, a descendant. This is a view of the as-yet-uncleared Park looking north from the south-east corner of Grant StreetContinue reading “Clearing Victoria Park 1909”

Tour of St. Francis Church and Rectory

On Thursday evening last, Fr. Eugenio, pastor of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in Grandview, very kindly invited a group of GHG members and friends to the Church on Napier Street where he took us on a tour of both the church and the rectory where he lives. In the early 1920s, Franciscan monksContinue reading “Tour of St. Francis Church and Rectory”

1500-Block Grant Street

In an earlier post, I had discussed James Guinet who began work in our neighbourhood by building himself a family home at 1556 Grant Street.  Now, through the generosity of James Guinet’s grand-daughter, we have a photograph of that house taken just after it was built in 1909. Those of you who know the neighbourhoodContinue reading “1500-Block Grant Street”

James Guinet: A Builder of Grandview

Between 1908 and 1912, during the boom that essentially created Grandview,  James Guinet was responsible for building at least 45 houses in the community, and probably more. But only the barest of facts are known about him.  These are notes for a biography of what might be one of the most important figures of Grandview’sContinue reading “James Guinet: A Builder of Grandview”