The area west of the park and north of Hastings was promoted as Beacon Hill and the above house, which is next door to the Berquist house I showed you Wednesday, were located close to the new streetcar line.
The president of the Vancouver Tourist Association, Fred Brown, moved into 2451 Eton Street and he had a short walk to the streetcar stop on Nanaimo then it was a quick trip to Brown's office on Granville Street. As Brown would be riding to work, he would pass McLennan and McFeely's large warehouse on Powell and Columbia.
This house is at 1929 Napier Street, built in 1910.
In 1943, the Vancouver Foundation was established with a key figure in this organization being W.J. VanDusen. This lumber magnate and philanthropist was born July 18, 1889 in Tara, Ontario. Whitford Julian VanDusen had a long history in the lumber industry - from 1912 to 1969 and worked alongside H.R. MacMillan. However, VanDusen is known for his philanthropy.
The Vancouver Foundation now distrbutes $60 million annually, supporting everything from arts and culture to education, health, environment, children, youth and family issues. Presently, it is Canada's largest community foundation with an endowment fund worth roughly $800 million.
VanDusen also paid for and donated the land where the present day Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden resides. VanDusen died in Vancouver on December 15, 1978.History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the information on VanDusen and to the Vancouver City Archives online for the final two photos.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
This is the Bank of Montreal building at the corner of Granville and Dunsmuir. This photo dates back to 1899 and that building is long gone.