Tag Archives: Hycroft

The Garden Family and the Lester Court Connection

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I wrote about the Garden family a couple of weeks back. William and Mary Garden arrived in Vancouver in 1889, opened up the Garden and Sons Wholesale Tea and Coffee on East Hastings, and lived for a time at a house at Thurlow and Alberni. William died suddenly in 1897, and it appears that the “Sons” had other ideas, because the business disappeared from the directories the following year.

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Bulletin Board

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The weather is warming up and it’s time to check out some tours. Here’s a look at some heritage happenings around Vancouver this spring and summer:

Saturday May 2:        Authors for Indies – This is such a cool initiative. Over 600 authors will be giving talks, doing demonstrations, and just acting as booksellers for the day at independent bookstores across Canada.

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Bulletin Board: Fall events around Vancouver’s history and heritage

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Summer might be disappearing, but there’s a huge amount of events happening around history and heritage in Vancouver this fall. Take a tour in the footsteps of a soldier heading off to war 100 years ago, attend a book launch with local historians, artists and writers, or maybe take in an art show or a lecture on early vaudeville in an old Shaughnessy mansion.

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Christina Haas’s Cook Street Brothel

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Thomas Hooper once had the largest architectural practice in Western Canada. He designed hundreds of buildings including the Victoria Public Library, the Rogers Chocolates and the Munro’s Books Building in Victoria. And in 1912, the same year he designed Hycroft in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s Winch Building and submitted plans for UBC, he designed Christina Haas’s, Cook Street brothel.

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Janet Smith Murder

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In 1924, the Janet Smith murder rocked Vancouver’s elite and fascinated the masses. The murder touched on high-level police corruption, kidnapping, drugs, rumoured society orgies, and rampant racism. Smith, a 23-year-old Scottish nanny was found shot in the head by a .45 calibre automatic revolver in the basement of 3851 Osler Avenue in the upmarket Shaughnessy Heights.

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On Film: Vancouver at Work and at Play

As the archivist for the CBC in Vancouver, Colin Preston looks after more than 250,000 items and programmes on film and videotape. And, as he’ll tell you, it’s the best historical archive of film footage west of Toronto.

BC Binning and the Heritage Inventory

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Most municipalities have a heritage inventory that includes houses built before 1940. Makes sense doesn’t it? When you think heritage you think old. But actually heritage can be 20 years old, and that can surprise a new home owner wanting to renovate or demolish who is suddenly hauled in front of a heritage commission.