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#681 aastra

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 08:02 PM

We talked about this block of Government Street in another thread re: the history of its demolitions and renovations. One thing is for sure: Victoria's old town is like a living museum, it's been so well preserved.

 

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#682 Rob Randall

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 08:22 PM

You can see the Dixi H. Ross store in that second photo. The store that sold Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1897. That's the building we figure is where the former Gap store building is today.


“I mean I just don’t understand the big Texas part, like maybe he’s from Texas? I want to know the back story.”


#683 aastra

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 08:33 PM

Speaking of buildings lost to fires, Government Street between View and Fort in better days:

 

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Looking west through the ruins from Broad Street toward Government Street:

 

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Looking northeast over the ruins toward the now long gone Driard Hotel and the now long gone Colonist Building (with the now long gone Wilson Hotel in the background):

 

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#684 aastra

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 08:55 PM

Government at Broughton (also check it out in this old tourist film at around 1:46):

 

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#685 Hotel Mike

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 10:09 AM

There is a poor old soul begging for money on the street. Some things don't change.


Don't be so sure.:cool:

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 10:16 AM

The CoV would never allow a sign that read 'BC LAND INVESTMENT AGENCY" today, since no one should be allowed to own land.



#687 Rob Randall

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 10:29 AM

That photo was taken the week of May 4, 1947 by the Norman Rockwell Post cover at the bottom of the newsstand.

 

https://www.saturday...ues/1947-05-03/


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“I mean I just don’t understand the big Texas part, like maybe he’s from Texas? I want to know the back story.”


#688 aastra

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 11:04 AM

"Bunkhouse Bill":

 

 

Daily Colonist
July 7, 1954

All Aboard

Bunkhouse Bill has always been a silent man. He stands outside a Government Street newsstand, day after day, reading a copy of Robert E. Swanson's "Bunkhouse Ballads." But he never says a word -- which is not surprising, since old Bill is made of wood. A saw-filer in a logging camp whittled him out of a chunk of cedar.

Tourists like to stop and read over his shoulder, or take one another's pictures with an arm around old Bill.

Lately they have been greeted by a hoarse voice rumbling from the wooden logger's insides. Their surprise is comical to see.

The fact is that Bill has been wired for sound. Proprietor Bob Holker looks in a mirror to see people approaching Bill, and speaks into a microphone behind the counter.

 

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Daily Colonist
July 7, 1955

Seen in Passing

Tom Matthews, partner in the Palace News Stand with brother Ted, lamenting the passing of the wooden Indian (But he stuck a cigar in the mouth of Bunkhouse Bill, the figure that adorns his frontage, and observed: "He serves the same purpose." Tom and Ted have been at their 920 Government street spot for 15 years.


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#689 Hotel Mike

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 03:07 PM

Thanks for that aastra.


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#690 aastra

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:12 AM

 

Merchants Bank (1907, 1945)

When Francis Mawson Rattenbury submitted his plans for the "Merchants Bank" in May, 1907, it was Victoria's most expensive building in proportion to its size...
 

A Moderne Classical addition to the north elevation was designed by the Vancouver firm of C.J. Thompson in 1945 for the Bank of Montreal... (aastra says: and a fine old building on Yates was wiped out to make way for that plain 1945 addition)

(from "Exploring Victoria's Architecture" by Martin Segger and Douglas Franklin)

 

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#691 aastra

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:41 AM

^One of the very first attempts to tidy up the supposed visual chaos of the old downtown by inserting a measure of un-engaging plainness?

 

The following is from the narration of the film "A Townscape Eradicated Rediscovered":

 

 

...the chaos of advertising signs, the dreariness of endless blacktop.

There was congestion, confusion, ugliness.

 

Standards of appearance... to bring order out of visual chaos...


#692 aastra

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:53 AM

 

^One of the very first attempts to tidy up the supposed visual chaos of the old downtown by inserting a measure of un-engaging plainness?

 

Actually, no. This is not right. Methinks this addition to the 1907 building was just another installment re: the severe modern banking architecture that was replacing older stuff along Yates (1922 Bank of Nova Scotia across Yates to the north; 1938 Dominion Bank across Douglas to the west; 1947 Imperial Bank still to come a couple of blocks west on Yates).


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#693 Rob Randall

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:54 AM

It was the era of the streamline, simplified lines, Frank Lloyd-Wright's Guggenheim -- a building with bay windows and gingerbread was as outdated as a car with gas-lantern headlights and a hand crank.

 

And that so called cluttered architecture was unfairly linked with urban problems of crime and poverty.


Edited by Rob Randall, 02 November 2020 - 09:55 AM.

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#694 Rob Randall

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:59 AM

All that mid-century banking architecture was a mix of Art Moderne and Neoclassicism. At its best you got some cool Deco designs. At its worst it's Albert Speer territory. 


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#695 aastra

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 10:00 AM

Yeah, I'm sure it was ultimately the same overall notions at work for a few decades there, but with specific reference to the banks they seemed to be ahead of the game. Or maybe even driving it. Who knows.



#696 aastra

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 09:19 PM

Nothing great is long gone in this pic, except for maybe a nice tree:

 

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pic from https://archives.vic...et-looking-east


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Posted 06 November 2020 - 05:29 AM

^ i don't really ever recall seeing christ church way up there - from that view.  that ivy-covered building is still there.


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#698 aastra

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:34 AM

 

 

^ i don't really ever recall seeing christ church way up there

 

Not surprising. Considering the average age of the forumers on this board, I think most would be lucky to see vague light and shadow.


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#699 aastra

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 09:21 AM

Victoria has so many examples of fine old buildings that were lost, but here's a great example of a fine old building that was eventually saved:

 

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pic from https://archives.vic...ouse-restaurant


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#700 aastra

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 09:23 AM

Gonzales Beach in the 1930s:

 

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pic from https://archives.vic...ales-foul-beach



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