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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Victoria, B.C.

1889

 
 
Victoria, B.C. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
1. Victoria, B.C. Marker
Click on photo to see sketch of early Victoria with a "You are Here" arrow showing location of marker.
Inscription. Fort Victoria had its start in 1843, centered on Fort Street and present-day Bastion Square. Most of Victoria’s Old Town however was constructed during the great building boom of 1886-1892.

During that period the red-brick character of Victoria became firmly established. Small wooden buildings were replaced by substantial structures suited to the largest city in the province.

Victoria’s status as a busy seaport gave rise to a large area of warehouses, saloons, hotels, manufacturing enterprises and wholesale houses. Many of these buildings surround you today.

A world-wide recession in 1893 halted construction for a time, and the Old Town area fell into a slumber that lasted until the 1960’s. Sparked by the City, and fueled by community pride and private owners, the restoration of Old Town has ensured that once again it is a vital, thriving part of the City.



Many of the superb heritage buildings in the 500 block of Johnson Street and Yates Street were restored in the 1980’s thanks in part to the financial assistance of the Heritage Area Revitalization Program (H.A.R.P.) of the British Columbia Heritage Trust.
 
Erected by British Columbia Heritage Trust.
 
Location. 48° 25.653′ 
Victoria, B.C. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
2. Victoria, B.C. Marker
N, 123° 22.163′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waddington Alley and Johnson Street. Touch for map. This marker is located behind the building at 537 Johnson Street. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Z6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oriental Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Earle Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Waddington Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Leiser Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square’s Main Gate Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); S.J. Pitts, Importer (within shouting distance of this marker); Shop/Warehouse (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Majestic Theatre (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Additional keywords. restoration, renovation
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
Colonial Metropole Hotel, Johnson Street. Built 1890.
BCARS 66360
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4. Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
T.B. Pearson & Co., Yates Street. Built 1888.
BCARS 57151
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5. Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
Morley’s Soda Works, Waddington Alley. Built 1884.
Advertisement 1893.
Fine Old Town buildings - Johnson Street image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2011
6. Fine Old Town buildings - Johnson Street
An Old Town building with terra-cotta ornamentation image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
7. An Old Town building with terra-cotta ornamentation
A nice Victorian building in Bastion Square image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
8. A nice Victorian building in Bastion Square
A fine Old Town building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
9. A fine Old Town building
 
 
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