Grandview Database

Welcome to the Grandview Database, an historical catalogue of information known about 5,000+ properties in Grandview, roughly 1,500 of which no longer exist.

The database is in PDF format and brief instructions for use are found on page two.

An introductory post about the database can be found below.

October 2022:  GV Database v.33

The Grandview Database: An Introduction

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Jak King

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!

From December 2015 through August 2019 we 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!