2015

For many years I have had an appreciation for beautiful, old buildings. Influenced by my European travels, it isn’t the monumental historical buildings on the tourist route but the small, centuries-old, commercial buildings and their architectural details that capture my attention.
 
Coveting these charming buildings found in abundance in the older cities of Europe, I turned my attention to my own city of Victoria, to see what I could find.
 
Through researching the City of Victoria’s Heritage Register, I developed my parameters to include only the work horses of this city, built no later than 1899 and that were of the most original appearance and interest.
 
By wandering the streets of the original downtown core and by looking up, I found delightful, architecturally-detailed second stories built as early as 1850. Through numerous shoots in different lighting conditions and from angles highlighting details, I have chosen only the most memorable buildings for this series ~ those well into their second century of life and with, if they could talk, many stories to tell.

 

1314 Wharf St ~ 1860~ Caire & Grancini Warehouse~one of first buildings constructed on waterfront

1314 Wharf St ~ 1860~ Caire & Grancini Warehouse~one of first buildings constructed on waterfront

 

536 Yates Street~ 1860~first brick building in the area at the time

536 Yates Street~ 1860~first brick building in the area at the time

 

1002 Wharf St~1874~Customs House~ first federal building in Victoria

1002 Wharf St~1874~Customs House~ first federal building in Victoria

 

560 Yates Street~ 1882~ of the many stories, this was once a Klondike outfitter

560 Yates Street~ 1882~ of the many stories, this was once a Klondike outfitter

 

1315 Waddington Alley~ 1884~ Morley's Soda Factory~ carriage doorway opening up onto wooden cobblestoned alley

1315 Waddington Alley~ 1884~ Morley’s Soda Factory~ carriage doorway opening up onto wooden cobblestoned alley

 

537 Johnson Street~ 1887~ Willie's Bakery~ oldest, continuously operating bakery in BC history

537 Johnson Street~ 1887~ Willie’s Bakery~ oldest, continuously operating bakery in BC history

 

26 Bastion Square~ 1887~ Burn's House

26 Bastion Square~ 1887~ Burn’s House

 

18 Bastion Square ~1887~ part of Burn's House, originally a hotel

18 Bastion Square ~1887~ part of Burn’s House, originally a hotel

 

1610 Store Street~ 1891~ The Janion Hotel~ currently being restored and converted into lofts

1610 Store Street~ 1891~ The Janion Hotel~ currently being restored and converted into lofts

 

1312 Government St~1892~originally a luxury hotel

1312 Government St~1892~originally a luxury hotel

 

And a few extras that were short-listed for this series…

 

Johnson St trio ~ 1890's

Johnson St trio

529 Pandora

529 Pandora

Market Square

Market Square

1617 Store St

1617 Store St

550 Yates ~ Oriental Hotel

550 Yates ~ Oriental Hotel

16 Bastion Square

16 Bastion Square

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