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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
 

Leiser Building

Built 1896

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. Leiser Building Marker
Inscription.  Simon Leiser & Co., Wholesale Grocers, was the largest business of it kind in British Columbia when this warehouse was built. The building featured a central electric elevator with tracks radiating from the elevator on each floor for ease of handling merchandise.

Designed by architect A.C. Ewart, the building cost $35,000 in 1896. The brick structure has stone dressing and sheet metal decoration. It was renovated in 1972 as the headquarters for Capital Regional District.

This illustration is from Simon Leiser &Co.’s letterhead. The two right-hand bays of the building may never have been built.
 
Erected by British Columbia Heritage Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
Location. 48° 25.615′ N, 123° 22.175′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Yates Street and Waddington Alley on Yates Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Leiser Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. Leiser Building Marker
Of the two markers, the Leiser Building marker is on the right.
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walking distance of this marker. Waddington Alley (here, next to this marker); S.J. Pitts, Importer (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Earle Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); The Oriental Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Shop/Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria, B.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Amor De Cosmos, 1825-1897 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mizzen Mast – H.M.S. Algerine (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
The Leiser Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. The Leiser Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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