Hal Kalman <email@example.com>
in 2010 our firm wrote Statements of Significance for 15 houses around Delamont Park. All but one were on 5th or 6th Avenue; the only one on Arbutus was 2200 Arbutus (the Grocery / Coffee Shop and its attached residences). We were not asked to look at no. 2128. We also produced a Heritage Context Statement (by Bruce Macdonald) which gives a good account of the neighbourhood, its changes over the years, and the park. I attach a copy. This was written for the City, and the heritage planners should have a copy of all the material.
This is the oldest part of Kitsilano. The area is very precious and very intact. It was the first area to be settled because it is located at the top of a hill and the houses had / have fabulous views. It was originally called West Fairview. The earliest houses were built in 1899 and 1900; the earliest survivor may be 1901. (There is also a small ‘pioneer cottage’ nearby at 2322 Cypress, likely built around or before1900 — it and the neighbourhood are described in the entry on 2200 Arbutus in my new Exploring Vancouver, p. 207.) The loss of even a single house would be a tragedy. The reason the neighbourhood is intact is the same as with Mole Hill — the City bought all the properties, intending to tear them down and expand the park (Nelson Park and Delamont Park). By the time park expansion was discussed, public sentiment opposed demolition.
Our report fails to say that the park was named after local musician Arthur W. Delamont. See the account that follows, from the Canadian Encyclopedia at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/emc/arthur-william-delamont
I hope this is helpful. Please be sure that Councillor Meggs receives all this information — perhaps just forward him my letter with the attachment.
Arthur William Delamont
Arthur (William) Delamont. Bandmaster, cornetist, b Hereford, England, 25 Jan 1892, d Vancouver 11 Sep 1982. He played clarinet and later cornet with his father and brothers in a Salvation Army band in Hereford. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1908 he played in a Moose Jaw, Sask, Salvation Army band, and, after 1922, in Vancouver theatre orchestras. In 1928 he formed the Kitsilano Boys’ Band, remaining its conductor until his death. Under his influence many of the band’s members (see entry for partial list) became professional musicians, and in 1976 he formed the Arthur W. Delamont Concert Band, which included many of these men. The concert band toured in Great Britain in 1979. Delamont also conducted the pep band at the University of British Columbia for more than 40 years. The writer Alan Daniels (Vancouver Sun, 28 Jan 1978) took note of Delamont’s ‘irreverent approach and impish sense of humour,’ adding, however, ‘[he] is an avowed disciplinarian who commands respect at the rostrum.’ Delamont was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1980. Delamont Park in Vancouver is named in his honour.
See also Gordon Delamont (his son).
Author Helen McNamara
Richards, Jack. ‘It’s Delamont’s BIG band bash,’ Vancouver Sun, 8 Feb 1963
Read, Jeani. ‘Old boys band together for indomitable Delamont,’ Vancouver Province, 28 Jan 1978
Boyd, Denny. ‘Legendary Mr. D exited with fanfare,’ Vancouver Sun, 13 Sep 1982
Links to Other Sites
An obituary for musician Arthur W. Delamont, former organizer, instructor, and conductor of the Kitsilano Boys Band in Vancouver. From the website for the Kitsilano Boys Band.