Robert Cosgrove, who lived here, was a labourer and worked to Thomas Tomkins. He was 28 years old when he built this house. It was modernized in 1909 with a new concrete foundation, Edwardian style front porch and second front entrance.
You are looking at 1127 Pendrell Street, a home that was built in 1904-5 by James Gillott. This Newfoundlander had experience in almost all aspects of the trade and is listed in city directories as a plasterer, contractor, mason and builder. He built, and probably designed, Orange Hall on East Hastings. (Which I have written on way back when.) The first resident at 1127 Pendrell was Charles D. Mackenzie who was in something to do with real estate. MacKenzie resided in this home for more than twenty years.
This 1897 home was restored by the Mole Hill Community Housing Society in 2004 and is now supportive housing in partnership with the Coast Foundation.
The house that was originally in this spot was built in 1904 and was a mirror image to 1127 Pendrell. Probably because it was built by James Gillott as well The first resident of the original home was David Robinson who worked at the Dominion Government Assay Office. A long time Mole Hiller, Mrs. Annie Oliver, was the last resident. She lived here until her death in the late 1970s and after that the city demolished the home.
Six years later his widow had the home at 1103 Pendrell built. She lived there until her death of a cerebral hemorrhage on December 22, 1926. Ownership then passed to her niece Kate and it is thought the family continued to own the house into the late 1930s and possibly until after WWII.
I hope you are enjoying this tour of Mole Hill because I am not finished and this isn't counting the houses I didn't get good photos of!
Karen Magill, Victorian, Vancouver, Mole Hill,