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Duck's Building Hotel
Uses: hotel, commercial
Address: 1314-1324 Broad Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 6
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[Downtown Victoria] Duck's Building hotel | Hotel; retail | 6-storeys | Proposed


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#101 Jackerbie

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:10 AM

Oh, I think you're actually right. I was mistaken about the location of the rubble wall, so it's the corner building that used to be the carriage factory I guess.

 

Also, revised drawings were posted to the Dev Tracker last week. Nothing major, just a lot of tweaks it looks like: https://tender.victo...Number=REZ00699



#102 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:17 AM

The hotel had a bad reputation. It was one of three hotels that were "off limits" to soldiers during WWI.

 

There are references in the old Colonist of the Canada Hotel having an address of 1320 Broad Street, which is the present St. Franks restaurant. 


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#103 Nparker

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:20 AM

So the entrance to the Canada Hotel was through the Duck's Building?  :confused:



#104 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:25 AM

I know, it's even more confusing.

 

1977 photo of the alley:

 

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#105 Nparker

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:32 AM

So the signage for the Hotel Canada was (and is) actually painted on the side of the Duck's Building.

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Also, since the lot to the north has been vacant for at least 42 years, it must be approaching heritage status itself. Perhaps it should be preserved as is.  <_<


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#106 Mike K.

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:33 AM

The Canada Hotel is in extreme disrepair. A fake floor was also added at some point. It’s a mess.
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#107 Nparker

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:42 AM

I'd be surprised if this project would be financially viable if all extant buildings on site had to be restored to their original condition with only the new building on the parking lot as a means of cost recovery.


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#108 Jackerbie

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 12:18 PM

I'd be surprised if this project would be financially viable if all extant buildings on site had to be restored to their original condition with only the new building on the parking lot as a means of cost recovery.

 

Excuse me but the new building should be affordable student housing only, since this is a UVic property and they have a duty to the community as a publicly-funded university. [/sarcasm]


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#109 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 12:57 PM

UVic has a duty to students but an addiction to milking Williams' cash cows.


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#110 Bernard

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 01:47 PM

The only think that I really would like to see preserved is the old Players ad on the side of the building



#111 Nparker

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 01:51 PM

Since it might promote tobacco use, the Player's mural will need to be covered by a large cloth in the finished building.



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 01:52 PM

Since it might promote tobacco use, the Player's mural will need to be covered by a large cloth in the finished building.

I am honestly surprised VIHA has not required it to be removed

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#113 Mike K.

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 02:07 PM

It'll be covered by the new-build south wing.


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#114 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 10:47 AM

what is happening here?

#115 aastra

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 09:06 PM

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Daily Colonist
October 31, 1950

Victoria Sells Familiar Property

The city-owned Duck property shown above was sold for $50,000 yesterday by City Council to local contractor E.H. Pope. The property is located at southwest corner of Broad and Johnson Streets and includes the three-story building on the left and the two-story structure at right. It was learned property may be developed as retail store and parking building. Sale of property raises question of future accommodation for welfare department now located on it. City may build new health and welfare centre at corner of Cook and Pembroke Streets, adjacent to welfare centre being erected by Spencer Foundation.

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City to Sell "Duck Property" To Lone Bidder for $50,000

Council last week advertised that bids were being accepted on the property which has proved to be more of a "forgotten child" than a "white elephant" since it reverted to the city for taxes early in the depression of the 1930s.

Only one bid was submitted and open by council during special session yesterday.

One of the terms of its acceptance by the city is that the purchaser will spend $40,000 to remodel the buildings on the property.

The sale will put the property back on the city tax roll, with the land presently assessed at $41,000 and improvements at $15,000.

It was learned that the building might be rebuilt for use both by retail stores and as a parking garage.

MORE MONEY

In addition to the money realized from the Duck property sale is $35,000 recently gained through sale of property to the B.C. Electric, and some $18,000 through sale of the old Yates Street works yard.
 


Edited by aastra, 05 November 2020 - 11:04 PM.


#116 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 05:31 AM

^ where was the "yates street works yard"?



#117 aastra

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:38 AM

I have absolutely no idea where the Yates Street works yard was.



#118 Nparker

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:39 AM

I am going to go out on a limb here and say it was somewhere on Yates Street.



#119 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:41 AM

ok smart asses.

#120 aastra

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:59 AM

Dude, check those vintage aerials.



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