The West End did not remain Vancouver’s premier neighbourhood. Shaughnessy Heights afforded people opportunities to build grander residences on larger properties.
The economic collapse of 1913, followed by the First World War, brought hard times for many who remained in the West End. Many of the Victorian and Edwardian homes were converted in rental units and rooming houses. Others were demolished for the construction of low-rise apartments in the 1920s and 1930s.