Photo Credit: Barry Bogart
6376 Collingwood St, Vancouver BC
6376 Collingwood St. was built in approximately 1915 and was one of the earliest houses in this area south of SW Marine Drive. Vancouver building permits list that the house was designed by G.P. Bowie and built by W.W. Jerritt in 1913 for Herbert Brooks, a provincial assessor. Bowie primarily designed apartment complexes, office buildings and warehouses in Vancouver, including two adjacent apartment buildings at 1534-1546 Balsam St. and York Avenue in Kitsilano. Bowie also designed a stately house at 3663 Pine Crescent at a cost of $20,000 in 1912. The house still stands today.
This front-gabled Craftsman style home features a generous porch that runs halfway around the house, supported by square posts. Other features typical of this style include shingled siding and a square frame. William E. Martin, an insurance agent, and his wife Beatrice resided here beginning in the 1930s and until 1947.
Prior to significant residential development along SW Marine Drive, this area was home to the Musqueam First Nation who hunted in the forested areas and fished off the banks of the Fraser River. The current Musqueam Reserve is located just west of this property. To the east is Point Grey Golf and Country Club which from the 1880s until 1922 was the homestead of Henry Mole. The clubhouse was originally located in Mole’s farmhouse which was designed by Parr and Fee. It was demolished in the 1960s.
Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database, VPL British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, VanMap, Harding, I. “Henry Mole’s Dream House” Vancouver Sun (July 20, 2001), City of Vancouver Archives Blog