The CPR Steamship Terminal on Belleville Street
Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:53 PM
At a very basic level art gallery in their nature are supposed to be very minimalist and open concept. Two things old Victorian buildings are not.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:51 PM
The museum, market and eatery components could be complementary, but should definitely be secondary to the building's primary function as a nexus, not a destination. We will never see tourists return in their old numbers, and it's cruel for destination marketers to raise false hopes.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 07:24 AM
It has been suggested that the Children's Museum would be a perfect fit for the current MMBC space. The Old Courtroom and the antique elevator are already popular with kids.
I wonder what what would happen to the current Maritime Museum building if it was vacated. That would actually be a more appropriate location for a market.
Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:19 AM
When it opens on May 25, the Robert Bateman Centre will be a new beginning for the CPR Steamship Terminal building. Originally designed by noted Victoria architects P.L. James and Francis Rattenbury, it opened in 1924 to funnel ship passengers.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:37 PM
T-C from 28 May:
"The Steamship Terminal Grill and Taphouse is expected to open on the main floor of the terminal building in early September. “We were very excited just to see the amount of interest in the Bateman gallery,” said Kelly Gordon, director of operations and one of three partners in Extra Mile Hospitality Group, made up of experienced and successful restaurateurs, including the popular Romer’s restaurants in Vancouver.
The Steamship grill will feature fresh seafood and locally sourced products as well as wines and Vancouver Island micro-brews on tap."
Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:01 AM
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-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:34 AM
...will feature fresh seafood and locally sourced products as well as wines and Vancouver Island micro-brews on tap."
This description can just as easily apply to a pubstyle restaurant or really any food primary establishment.
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:44 PM
The ideal use of the CPR terminal would have been as the shore portion of a floating hotel using the Princess Marguerite and perhaps even one of the other CPR boats, had they been saved.
The next best option would probably be the Maritime Museum of BC, but that would require public investment and there seems to be no interest in that.
Victoria tourism seems to be dying gradually and it's not hard to see why.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:13 PM
People are increasingly coming here to experience the city for what it is and not for the tourist gimmicks it offers. People love the ambiance of downtown and they're spending their money at restaurants, pubs, and retail stores. 30 years ago these tourists would have spent the whole day wandering around Miniature World, Undersea Gardens and the RBCM (maybe dad would have popped into Monty's when nobody was looking -- but that was it). Times change and the desires/expectations of visitors change.
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