Barclay Heritage Square Fact Sheet

Barclay Heritage Square:

  • Building in this area of the West End did not begin until 1890.
  • Wide expanses of forested land were cleared in order to establish Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood, consisting largely of high or upper middle income families.
  • The single family homes in the area were built between 1890 and 1927. 144 homes were built in the neighbourhood in 1890 alone.
  • By 1910 the high class status of the neighbourhood begins to decline, while the popularity of Shaughnessy as a residential area increases among wealthier families.
  • In the early 1910s the homes on Robson, Denman, and David were gradually converted to shops, while apartments became more popular in the West End. Larger homes became rooming houses.
  • By the 1930s many of the homes on what is now Barclay Heritage Square (the area bounded by Haro, Broughton, Barclay and Nicola) were rented as suites and single rooms, thus acting as rooming or boarding houses. The Roedde residence became a boarding house shortly after it was sold in 1925.
  • A large number of high-rises were built between the early 60s and 70s. The City of Vancouver began to acquire properties on the block in 1966 with plans to create a neighbourhood park, in order to add green space to the densely populated West End.
  • Seventeen buildings existed on the block at that time, and among them nine were saved from demolition.
  • Roedde House was designated a Heritage Building in 1976, with growing concerns for the preservation of Vancouver's History.


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