Thirty of the thirty-six properties on the Mole Hill block are listed on the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Register. This enormously exceeds any other block, neighbourhood or location in the city and marks its uniqueness to any urban location in British Columbia.
Bute Street is named after Bute Inlet, which was named by Captain George Vancouver to honour John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, the Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762-63. Bute is an island on the West Coast of Scotland. All the Mole Hill properties on Bute Street are listed in the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Register, including the Strathmore Lodge apartment building.
Pendrell Street is named after the Pendrell Sound, which was named in honour of Alfred Pendrill Waddington.
Comox Street was named after the Comox Peninsula on Vancouver Island. The Comox Peninsula is named for the K’omoks people – a group of indigenous Coast Salish people in the area.
Thurlow Street is named after the Thurlow Islands. Captain George Vancouver named the islands in 1792, after Lord Chancellor Edward Thurlow (1732-1806).