CVA – Bu P141 – [Group portrait on porch of the Ellesmere Rooms at 439 Homer Street (Man in derby hat identified as Frank M. Yorke)] ca 1890 Charles S Bailey photo. (Note: One can see how high the boardwalk level has been raised in this early image by comparing where the crowd is standing above with the comparable location in the 1939 photo below. If one stumbled coming home to Ellesmere in the night after having a little too much ale, it looks as though it was a fall of a number of feet to street level! In 1890, this boarding house was known by its earlier name: Douglas House with Mrs. J. M. Douglas as the proprietress.)
CVA – Bu N125 – [Ellesmere Rooms boarding house, northwest corner of Homer Street and Pender Street] 1939 WJ Moore photo. (Ellesmere Rooms was described in J. S. Matthews Early Vancouver (Vol. I), 1932 as ” a tall wooden building…which is now used for cheap stores and offices. It was the first large ‘boarding house.'”)
CVA 778-193 – 400 Homer Street west side (Pender to the left; Hastings to the right). 1974. (By this point, the boarding house had given way, in typical mid-century Vancouver fashion, to a modest-sized parking garage.)
Central City Lodge, NW corner Pender at Homer. 2015. Author’s photo. (This downtown residential care home was opened at the former Douglas House/Ellesmere Rooms location in 1993).