Ruining The Streets in 1910

In September 1910, Mayor Louis D. Taylor and Aldermen Stevens and Enright toured the city “to see just what the [public] work was going on.”  They began in Cedar Cove and then moved into Grandview. The following report, which gives a good description of some parts of Grandview at that time, is from the VancouverContinue reading “Ruining The Streets in 1910”

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”

The Growth of Grandview 1901-1915

As mentioned in the report on this month’s meeting, I gave a presentation on the growth of Grandview using the data collated in the growing Grandview Database. This post is a brief and attenuated version of that report. In the maps that follow, the following streets are highlighted to allow orientation: It has often beenContinue reading “The Growth of Grandview 1901-1915”

Daring Hold-Up In Grandview!

I was researching something this morning and came across the following story from “The Vancouver Daily World” of 10th January 1910 which illustrates what parts of Grandview and Vancouver were like at that time: ***** “A daring attempted holdup was made on a laundry driver Saturday night at 6 o’clock, when three men pointed threeContinue reading “Daring Hold-Up In Grandview!”

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”