|St. James Church on Hastings Road (Alexander Str) by Harry T. Devine ca. 1885 Ch P15|
|St. James Church 1892 CVA Photo Ch p76 - Bailey Brothers|
|VPL 18794 St. James Anglican Church 1907 Philip Timms|
|St. James Interior 1936 - Philip TimmsVPL 18793|
|301 East Cordova St. James Interior 1936 Philip TimmsVPL 18790A|
|Port P756 Clergy in front of St. James' Church - ca. 1886|
St. James is of the High Anglican or Anglo-Catholic tradition. Ritual is a very important part of litugical worship. The incense-filled atmosphere at High Mass at St. James verges on Byzantine. Here is a great picture of a procession down Cordova Street taken in 1908 by Philip Timms.
|231 East Cordova - A. W. Sullivan house c 1889 Bailey & Neelands|
|Mrs. Josephine Sullivan CVA Photo Port P67.3|
Arthur's wife, Annie E. Thompson, was caucasian. She was born in New Brunswick in 1861. Though the Sullivan home is long gone, its former location on the NW corner of Gore and Cordova is important in terms of Vancouver's Black history and also for the fact that one of Vancouver's earliest mixed race (Black/White) couples lived here.
But back to St. James Church. Attached to St. James' Church was St. Luke's Hospital, later St. Luke's Home. The original building was built in 1888 by the second rector Father H. G. Fiennes Clinton and Sister Frances Redmond.
|St. Luke's Home in 1889, CVA Photo Bu P671|
|St. Luke's Home 1896 Bu P292|
|Sister Frances in 1894, CVA Photo Port P128.1|
|347 East Cordova - St. Martha's Heritage House|
Given that the part ofthe East End north of Hastings has some of Vancouver's oldest built heritage, a very large amount of its old houses and commercial buildings are now lost to us. immediately north of St. James and kitty-corner to the Sullivan house once stood an amazing old Italianate dwelling. I have not researched when this house was built, but it was old and sadly, there are no more houses of this exact style left in the city.
|300 East Cordova on June 16, 1962, CVA Photo Bu P. 700.2 A. L. Yates|
Just south of the Spring residence stood 306 (later 320) Gore Avenue.
|320 Gore Avenue, in July of 1956 - Bu P508.23 by A. L. Yates|
But in the 1880s, this block was where Vancouver's first Mayor, Malcolm Alexander MacLean lived at 334 Oppenheimer. Above is a section of the 1901 Fire Insurance Map for Vancouver. The house where Mayor MacLean lived is the last one on the east end of the south side of Oppenheimer. Rememberto click on the map to enlarge the image.
|334 Oppenheimer - Mayor MacLean's Residence CVA Photo Bu N8|
Lots 17 and 18, Block 56 of District Lot 196
Directly north of the site of Mayor MacLean's old house on the NE corner of Cordova and Dunlevy is a group of buildings owned by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement. For many years, this was the site of the Catholic Japanese Mission. One of the houses in the compound, 385 East Cordova, is reputed to be one of, if not the oldest standing house left in Vancouver.
You can see the house in this 1887 photo. The block without any development will become Oppenheimer Park. 385 Oppenheimer (East Cordova) is under the third annotation from the left. It would seem from the old directory listings that it was once numbered 333 Oppenheimer and, at the time this picture was taken, was the home of hardware merchant Thomas Dunn.
|CVA Str P223 J. A. Brock 1887 Cordova near Heatley|
|333 Oppenheimer in 1887. closeup of a section of CVA Photo Str P223|
|CVA Photo LGN 1045|
|CVA Photo Port P179|
|400 block East Cordova Baseball at Oppenheimer Park VPL 42936|
Before we head east into the 500 block of East Cordova, there are four, rather imposing Edwardian Box houses on the east side of Jackson facing Oppenheimer Park. 230, 236, 242and 248 Jackson were all built in 1905, just south of the Japanese Methodist Mission in 1905 by two women: Alexandra Mcdonald and Amy McCrae.
|230-248 Jackson in 2010|
|513 East Cordova|
A little bit further down the street is a curious building at 549 East Cordova. To me it looks like an old building but maybe not. The 1941 map of Nihon Machi (Japan Town) put together by the Japanese Canadian National museum in Burnaby shows this address as the site of the Honpa Buddhist Temple with Rev. E. Mitsubayashi residing there. Other information I have on the Honpa Buddhist Temple had it at 604 East Cordova on the site of the present Union Gospel Mission building. It could be that this building was actually the priest's home. More research is required. (Sadly, since this post was first uploaded, this building has been demolished).
Here is the view from the back.
And another one...
Going to the north side of the 500-block of East Cordova we come to the orignal site of the East End School.
|CVA Photo Sch P46 Oppenheimer Street (East) School in 1887 or 1888|
|CVA Photo Sch P21 The East School in 1892|
East Cordova was built in 1908. The original owner was someone named Lena Carlson.
522 East Cordova was built in the 1907 by carpenter Louis Godo.
|Chinese Signage on 522 East Cordova|
|526 East Cordova|
|526 East Cordova - Detail|
The 600-block of East Cordova has the largest number of intact heritage houses in the neighbourhood, some, because of their association with their builders are historically significant.
Prior to WWII, 604 East Cordova was the site of the Hompa Buddhist Temple. This,the precursor to the current Jodo Shinshu Temple at Jackson and Powell, also served as a community centre.
Further down on the same side of the street is the beautifully restored Twambley House at 656 East Cordova.
This house has received Heritage Designation. It is a "B" modified. Here is what the heritage plaque has to say. Click on the image to enlarge it.
On the north side of the street are a number of houses in various states of repair. Some are in the process of being restored. Others need a lot of TLC.
|605 East Cordova - 1889 by Thomas H. Boyd|
|Rear View of 605 East Cordova|
|611 East Cordova|
|627 & 629 East Cordova|
|627 East Cordova?|
|631 East Cordova|
|633 and 637 East Cordova|
|637 and 643 East Cordova|
|647 and 649 East Cordova|
|653 East Cordova|
|655 East Cordova|
|657 East Cordova|
|665 East Cordova|
From here, we walk a block down Heatley to Hastings. On the way are three more Edwardian boxes, 313, 311, and 305 Heatley, all built in 1906 by an A. McRae. It is my belief that this A. McRae is the Alexandra McRae who was co-owner of the four houses on the 200 block of Jackson. The name is the same, the period close and the design of the houses almost identical.
|305, 311 and 313 Heatley|
|Camelias blooming in front of 305 Heatley|