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#41 gumgum

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:53 PM

I agree the Art gallery is not the best use for the current MM building. Unless they completely gutted the place and reconfigured the height of the ceilings. I think a brand new building makes a lot more sense for an art gallery. It is a very speciallized setup that never really works in retrofit situations, unless the whole building is blown out from the inside. I can't see how that wouldn't cost godzillions at the MM building.

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.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:42 PM

I guess we are officially off topic here...

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:51 PM

I really, really like the idea of using the old CPR building as a front end for Inner Harbour transportation. Other cities have done similar things with great success. It was a beautiful station once, and could be again.

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.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 07:21 AM

I missed that. Anyway, I suspect the historic Stores Building next door might make a better pub, what do you think?

I've always pictured this as a pub with a little dock for tying up canoes and kayaks while the paddlers nip in for a pint.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 07:24 AM

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.

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.

#46 VicHockeyFan

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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.


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:55 AM

I would be so much more excited about this if Robert Bateman was not involved.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

So who has the skinny on the Steamship Grill & Taphouse that is advertised at the old Wax Museum? The blurb below makes it sound liquor primary, but I have my doubts.

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."

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:01 AM

How does the blurp sound liquor primary? Its says they are serving food?
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Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

^Getting a liquor primary license would be expensive, risky, time consuming, and bad for business in that spot. There's nothing there that to me suggests liquor primary.
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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 15 June 2013 - 11:31 PM

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#53 Sparky

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:25 AM

^ That is one glorious picture. Thank you for sharing that.

#54 Hotel Mike

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:40 AM

I'm hearing a rumour that Starbucks will be going in to the CPR Steamship Bldg. as well as the new Steamship Grill and Tap House. I just went to try out Romers in Vancouver, and I thought the food was pretty good. Our server indicated that someone at the restaurant was just about to move over to Victoria for a job in the new restaurant. November some time? Anyone know of the exact date?
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#55 Baro

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:07 PM

About time we get a starbucks downtown!
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Posted 30 October 2013 - 06:36 AM

Starbucks.... :confused::rolleyes::eek:
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#57 jonny

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:03 AM

At least with Starbucks you know it's not going to go belly up and have a for lease sign hanging out front any time soon!

#58 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:37 AM

Restaurant grand opening December 5th.
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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. 



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:13 PM

Well, I dunno. I have mixed feelings about the loss of tourist attractions but that might have more to do with sentimentality than anything else.

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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