Grandview Database v.25

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates more than 3,700 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 1,400 additional entries have been added from the 1917 City Directory;
  • More than 2,000 additional entries have been compiled from the 1921 census;
  • And about 250 miscellaneous entries have been added from the Vancouver Daily World (1917-1922).

The miscellaneous entries, which we have been adding slowly to the mix each month, include births, marriages, deaths, arrests, assaults, thefts, accidents, fires, staff hiring, and social occasions of all sorts.  They help to flesh out the details of the lives of those living in Grandview one hundred years ago.

In July we will complete both the 1917 Directory and the 1921 census.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to

Car Free Day on the Drive 2018

This Sunday, July 8th, is Car Free Day on the Drive; the celebrations run from about noon to early evening.

As usual, Grandview Heritage Group has a table for the event.  We will be positioned outside Choices Grocery at the corner of Napier.

Stop by and chat to any number of GHG members who will be there to answer questions. We will have a number of displays, on the history and heritage of our wonderful neighbourhood.

We will also have access to the ever-growing Grandview Database.  Ask us about YOUR house.

The Viaduct That Saved Grandview

Today is the 151st anniversary of the founding of Canada.  It is also the 80th anniversary of the opening of the First Avenue Viaduct.  We don’t often celebrate streets and other infrastructure; but the First Avenue Viaduct quite literally saved our neighbourhood from poverty and irrelevance.

By virtue of geographic location and City Hall indifference, Grandview and Commercial Drive had become a forgotten backwater of Vancouver.  However, due to the incredible foresight and hard work of a number of worthy locals (plus the support of one of our strangest mayors), the First Avenue Viaduct was built and opened on July 1st 1938.  It proved to be the lifeline we needed.

Please read the full story here.