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