The Building of Grandview

It is hard to imagine a more exciting time in Grandview’s history, than the period from 1900 to 1912 when the entire area was transformed from a quiet cedar forest on the edge of a wild ocean to a thriving suburb with streetcars and thousands of people.  But it didn’t happen by itself. It happened because some people were willing to put their money down and with a mix of sweat equity and cheap but good labour, they raised houses.

As some of you will already know, I have been fascinated for some time by one particular builder of houses — Mr James Edward Guinet — who built more than fifty fine houses in Grandview between 1906 and 1912, many of which remain to give us pleasure today.

On Thursday, tomorrow, I will be giving an illustrated talk on James Guinet and his work in Grandview at the Grandview Heritage Group meeting at Britannia Boardroom at 7:00pm. 

Do come and join the conversation!

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