It isn’t clear to me how long Grandview Sheet Metal Works was located at 1685. By 1926, however, it seems to have moved up a block to 1739 Venables, where this VPL image was made. Who was Theo Gaerdes (beyond being a man possessed of no small ego; would a retiring fellow have had his name inscribed into the prominent upper part of his building?) He was the youngest of the five children of John H. and Katrina Gaerdes (one girl in the bunch). It seems that he was born in the U.S. (he was ethnically German) and lived there briefly, but most of his years were spent in Vancouver. He worked as an employee of early Vancouver tinsmith, James H. Hatch, and later partnered with William A. Hughes to form Gaerdes & Hughes (tinsmiths) before striking out on his own at age 26 to establish Grandview Sheet Metal Works. He married Marion May and they died almost exactly 2 months apart in 1973 (MMG, March 29; TG, May 28). As a side note, a couple of Gaerdes were associated with a building mentioned in an earlier VAIW post. John H. (TG’s dad) was proprietor of the Louvre Hotel (323 Carrall St) and TG’s brother, Herman, was manager of the Louvre Cafe (same address as Hotel). I haven’t been able to learn when 1685 Venables was demolished.
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