An Important Fellow, Barely Known

I’ve just written everything I know about a chap called James Guinet who, it turns out, was one of the major builders in Grandview’s early days.  Amongst other buildings he was responsible for the lovely Belmont Block on Commercial Drive.

The full piece is at the Grandview Heritage Group site.  I hope you find it interesting.

2 Responses to An Important Fellow, Barely Known

  1. Frank Murphy says:

    It is lovely isn’t it. In the early 70’s when I was in my early 20’s I rented the upstairs rear south apartment. A still fond memory of the fresh cottage cheese wrapped in wax paper from the butcher shop across the street. The granny who lived below me was very kind and invited me in for a visit and gently let me know that she could hear me moving and banging around upstairs. Later a friend had her store in the storefront on the right in this picture. It was called “Toucan”.

    • jakking says:

      Thanks for this Frank. In my “Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” I wrote: “Toucan, O. (1981-1987): He lived at 1433 Commercial and he was probably connected with Toucan Dance Sudio at 4603 Main.” That sounds far from accurate or complete now. Anything you can give me to correct it would be appreciated.

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