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Helen Dawe Collection

Series 6.5
   Bridges, surveyor's posts (1875-?)

    Cottages (1900-1970s)
    Sechelt waterfront, first hotel (1900-1914)
    Sechelt first hotel fire (1900-1914)
    Sechelt second hotel (1910-1930s)
    Sechelt Inn (1906-1973)
    Stores, Post Offices, barn etc. (1896-1973)
    Modern buildings (1973-1982)
    Sechelt Library, Municipal halls (1960s-1970s)

   St. Hilda's Anglican Church (1930s-1970s)
    St. Mary's Hospital (various)
    Sechelt streets (1900s-1980s)
    Shorncliffe Ave, Teredo Street (1935-1983)
    Wakefield Inn, West Sechelt (1981-1982)

    Wharf Road (1906-1979)

Series 6.5-- Identified buildings, streets, structures, Sechelt and District -- Sechelt waterfront, first hotel, Page 1

Photographs are of bridges, cottages, hotels, stores and private houses in Sechelt and District, many being identified buildings on Sechelt's waterfront. Excellent photos of Sechelt's first hotel, and the 1914 fire which destroyed it, Sechelt's second hotel and general store and wharf. Photographs also of Sechelt Inn, originally Whitaker's house (Vue de L'Eau or the Beach House), which burned in 1964, St. Hilda's Anglican Church, and St. Mary's Hospital (in Garden Bay); views of Sechelt's streets: the Boulevard, Cowrie Street, Inlet Avenue, Shorncliffe Avenue, and Rockwood Lodge and cottage, Wharf Street and Wakefield Inn in West Sechelt. Also in this Sub-Series are photographs of Whitaker's house at Selma Park, the Bank of Montreal at Madeira Park, Deadman's Island and the CPR station in Vancouver. Photographers include Charles Bradbury, Edric S. Clayton. Some photographs are copies from Vancouver City Archives, Provincial Archives and Vancouver Public Library Collection.

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c1900 -- Sechelt's First Hotel

Herbert Whitaker built Sechelt's first hotel on The Boulevard at Trail Bay. It opened in 1899. This photograph was probably taken the next summer as the vines are still very slender.

Photographer unknown


1904 -- Sechelt's First Hotel and Trail Island

Looking west across Sechelt's bog to its first hotel and Trail Island. Note Sechelt Indian Band home and outhouse in left foreground.

Photograph by Phillip Timms, courtesy the Vancouver City Archives See also oversize photograph 6.5.23


pre-1904 or 1906 -- Sechelt's First Hotel

The hotel, built by Herbert Whitaker in 1899, had twenty rooms for holiday visitors until between 1906 and 1910 it was enlarged by adding a west wing with an additional eighteen rooms. Fence was built to keep out sheep. A fire on June 1, 1914 destroyed the whole building. The building on the far left was Herbert Whitaker's first revenue cottage `Cottage #1' also known as the Marpole Cottage as it was first rented to the Vancouver pioneer Marpole family.

Photographer unknown


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