The Abbott House was built in 1900
on a picturesque bluff that once boasted a view of Coal Harbour. The neighbourhood, known as Blueblood Alley, was full of grand homes, but this is the last one standing. Wealthy residents left the West end for Shaughnessy in the early 1900s, where a lot could be purchased for the princely sum of 50 bucks. The original owner, Henry Braithewaite Abbott
, was a big shot for the CPR, and had a street named after him in Gastown. (1985 City of Vancouver Planning Department image from the City of Vancouver Archives).