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#1 amor de cosmos

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:16 AM

edit: this is the building with the Burger King & the one next to it which is in this pic

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A plan to restore a prominent heritage corner in downtown Victoria has won the support of city councillors.

Councillors authorized a heritage alteration permit for restoration of the two-storey facades of the Morgan Block, built in 1891, and the Watson & McGregor Building, built in 1909, and to add two storeys for 30 condominium units above.

Both buildings are at Douglas and Johnson streets.

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Merrick Architects, on behalf of 284244 B.C. Ltd. — a trust owned by the Morgan family — say key elements of the restoration include:

• reinstatement of the original raised parapet on the Douglas Street facade

• stripping away paint to expose the original brick

• re-introduction of historically sensitive commercial storefronts

• restoration of wood windows

• reinstatement of an original sheet metal upper cornice on the Johnson Street facade

A city staff report says both buildings are representative of the heritage character and architectural composition characteristic of Victoria’s Old Town district.

City staff say the 1891 Morgan Block “provides visual continuity” along a historic street that contains an entire block of heritage buildings.

The 1909 Watson and McGregor Building is described as “a two-storey brick Classical Revival-Influenced commercial building” that has seen “numerous interventions over its lifespan.”

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Edited by amor de cosmos, 07 October 2018 - 07:32 AM.

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#2 Cassidy

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:22 AM

Can anybody illuminate me as to where the two separate buildings are?

 

Is it the building in the watercolour on Douglas, and the building behind it ... which is actually on Johnson?



#3 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:37 AM

ya tc did a poor job of explaining.

 

the one on the photo is douglas.  has the www.newcouncil.ca office in it and pizza and subway.  and fit fix cafe.  used to have a clothing consignment and an optical store.

 

the other building would be on the corner and has burger king and whatever in behind facing on johnson used to be the kite shop.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 October 2018 - 07:38 AM.


#4 Cassidy

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:46 AM

The way they "whited out" the Burger King building in the render confused me ... it made it look like it wasn't part of the project.


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#5 Nparker

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:58 AM

As the buildings appear today:

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#6 Cassidy

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:43 AM

After a bit of looking around, it seems that the Burger King building on the corner isn't part of the project ... it is indeed the building in behind the building fronting onto Douglas.

 

See attached (it's a COV website, so it takes a moment to load).

 

https://pub-victoria...ocumentId=23504



#7 Brantastic

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:44 AM

YES, YES and YES. I stare at this block nearly every time I go for a walk downtown, and imagine its potential. I hope the trend continues around the block to the Mac's building and along Yates street.


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#8 Nparker

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:52 AM

After a bit of looking around, it seems that the Burger King building on the corner isn't part of the project ... it is indeed the building in behind the building fronting onto Douglas.

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#9 sdwright.vic

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:05 AM

This means that crappy Burger King building will never go away. 🤬
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#10 amor de cosmos

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:08 AM

whoops I completely forgot that building in the back was there :redface:


Edited by amor de cosmos, 07 October 2018 - 09:10 AM.


#11 Nparker

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:57 AM

This means that crappy Burger King building will never go away.

You do realize sd that aastra will be declaring a CoV Heritage Fatwa © against you now.  ;)



#12 aastra

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 03:21 PM

Holy cow, can this really be happening? That stretch along Douglas is a goldmine waiting to be re-discovered.

 

Just check out the sort of good stuff that can happen by going back in time (to Sept 2007) with this little streetscape in Hamilton. Magnificent and restored today, but neglected and waiting for the wrecking ball just a few years ago.

 

Also, the new construction in that Hamilton example would seem to be exactly the sort of stuff that Victoria should be doing in spades.


Edited by aastra, 07 October 2018 - 05:22 PM.

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#13 threePs

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:46 AM

Holy cow, can this really be happening? That stretch along Douglas is a goldmine waiting to be re-discovered.

 

Just check out the sort of good stuff that can happen by going back in time (to Sept 2007) with this little streetscape in Hamilton. Magnificent and restored today, but neglected and waiting for the wrecking ball just a few years ago.

 

Also, the new construction in that Hamilton example would seem to be exactly the sort of stuff that Victoria should be doing in spades.

 

This all screams Portland and I absolutely love it.



 



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