Hoffmeister Electric Company (Vancouver, B.C.)

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Hoffmeister Electric Company (Vancouver, B.C.)

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Hoffmeister Electric Company was founded in 1898 by Reinhart Hoffmeister, an electrical engineer from Wellington County, Ontario. The company, one of the first electric businesses in Vancouver, was originally located at the southwest corner of Davie Street and Howe Street. In 1912, it moved to a new location at 1271 Granville Street.

Hoffmeister Electric specialized in the design, construction, and installation of electric generators. Significant clients of the company included Canadian General Electric, B.C. Sugar Refinery, Vancouver General Hospital in Fairview, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and more. The company employed roughly half a dozen individuals throughout its lifespan.

Following Reinhart Hoffmeister’s death in 1948, Hoffmeister Electric Company was taken over by Reinhart’s son, Frank Cameron Hoffmeister, and his brother, Jacob Hoffmeister. The business was closed in 1960.


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Description updated by Gillian Dunks in August 2017.




Matthew, Major James Skitt. Early Vancouver, Vol. 6. Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011. Accessed August 1, 2017. http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol6pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol6_MemoOfConversationMrMrsReinhartHoffmeister.pdf.

Matthew, Major James Skitt. Early Vancouver, Vol. 6. Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011. Accessed August 1, 2017. http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol6pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol6_MemoOfConversationRHoffmeister.pdf.

Reinhard Hoffmeister fonds, AM516. City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Accessed August 1, 2017. http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/reinhard-hoffmeister-fonds.

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