Wednesday, November 25, 2015


This house is an Arts and Crafts style but it is a slightly different design. It was built in 1911 by George Tyson. Tyson built many of the homes in the 2000-block of Keefer - this section of Keefer was renamed Ferndale in 1929. The house was listed as vacant in 1912 but Tyson lived here from 1913 to 1916.

Today, we are looking at 1949 in Vancouver. On January 3, just a few days into the New Year, The Vancouver Sun's page one headline, screamed:


The night before there had been a raid on three local nightclub establishments. Detectives descended on three cabarets and confiscated 13 bottles of alcohol from underneath the tables. Five were seized from the Cave Cabaret, two from the Palomar and four from the Mandarin.

Chief Constable Walter Mulligan warned that his dry squad men were “definitely going to tighten up on liquor drinking in cabarets.”

The B.C. Cabaret Owners’ Association blamed “rabid prohibitionists.” “These attempted curbs on drinking,” they added, “will only drive drink into vice dens, autos and hotel rooms.”

BC Electric discontinued streetcar service on the Kitsilano Beach run on January 16.

January 1949 was the month when the second Hotel Vancouver was torn down. This was the largest wrecking job ever undertaken in the British Commonwealth. It is sad that this outstanding Vancouver landmark was destroyed.

“There is no alternative,” read newspaper reports, “as no hotel operator is willing to buy, rehabilitate and operate it at his own risk.”

Harry Duker, Chairman of the Vancouver Tourist Association fundraising campaign, informed the Sun on January 29 that he was aiming to raise $75,000 in operating funds. “During the year (1948) 70,000 persons came to the association’s headquarters at Georgia and Seymour for information . . .”

Future Vancouver councillor and vice-president of the Business in Vancouver media group, Peter Ladner, was born on February 12, 1949. Business in Vancouver is a successful weekly business newspaper.

On March 5, 1949 Burrard Bridge engineer Major J.R. Grant reacted to remarks by a local art teacher that the bridge (opened in 1932) was a “monstrosity.”

F.A. Ames of the Vancouver Art School had told a Lions Club gathering that the bridge pillars were “ashcans with a gasoline station on top.” 

Grant explained, said the Sun, that the pillars “were built as large as they are on request from the harbormaster, who wanted them prominent to avoid a navigation hazard at the False Creek entrance.” He went on to explain that the large base of the piers was required because at the time (1932) the B.C. Electric Railway had planned running a railway on a lower deck beneath the roadway. “That railway will never go in now,” Grant said. “The BCER is no longer interested.” He pooh-poohed Ames’ criticisms, said he’d rather trust the "esthetic ideas of the engineer.”

Thanks to the website, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

Karen Magill

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