Beach Lodge – 1080 Gilford Street

This 1920s West End apartment was developed and built by Hugh A Warner, who hired E Evans & Sons to design the building in 1928, and spent $70,000 to build it. It was one of 14 building Mr Warner constructed in a five year period, only one other in the West End.

Originally Mr. Warner was a south London carpenter. His wife, Emily, died in 1909, and soon afterwards he moved to Canada with his 2-year-old daughter, Dorothy. In 1914 he remarried, also to Emily, and they had a daughter, Betty, in 1919.

This site had been addressed as 1100 Gilford, and had a substantial house built around 1907, initially occupied by Mrs. Charlotte Mackedie. In 1922 the entire contents of the house were sold at auction, (including a Karn piano, an Italian mandolin, and a Hotpoint electric vacuum sweeper). Three years later Mrs W A Allen sold off the contents of the home again. There was another piano, antique furnishings, and a grandfather clock. The house was advertised as Beach Lodge, with attractive suites and single rooms, but that only lasted a couple of years before Mr. Warner’s redevelopment.

The new Beach Lodge (seen in this undated Vancouver Public Library image) offered West Wind ventilating fans, and radios in every suite. Mr. Warner clearly didn’t hang onto his apartment building, (and probably didn’t make a huge profit, either). In 1931 it was sold to Mrs. Filtness by Mrs. Margaret Hall. The sales pitch to rent here in 1932 didn’t try too hard – it was advertised as ‘a satisfactory residence’. In the 1940s there were the usual stories of residents dying, getting married, or moving. Those types of story ended around 1949.

Through the 1950s into the 1970s it was hard to tell if this was an apartment building or a hotel. In the early 1950s it was described as having ‘fully furnished transient apartments’, and in 1958 it was the ‘Beach Lodge Apartment Hotel’. In 1963 it was briefly called ‘Beach Lodge Motel’ and in the 70s it was still available at daily, weekly or monthly rates, fully furnished, with a maid service.

In the past 35 or so years the building has returned to regular apartment rentals, in what is now a heritage building.

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Posted 1 September 2022 by ChangingCity in Still Standing, West End

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