Castles of Red Brick in Victoria B.C., Canada
Castles of Red Brick in Victoria B.C. Canada
Built on Red Brick
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada- nicknamed "The Garden City" and "The Friendliest city in Canada", is comparable to any Old World City and is built on Red Brick like any Old World City. Everywhere in Victoria you will find Red Brick, in fact you can go visit the Underground in Victoria and see the foundation of Red Brick the city is built on. Some historians doubt their existence, but the photographic evidence of those who have been in the Underground proves otherwise. But Victoria B.C. has a deeper history than just it's Red Brick, the city is a cornerstone in the chronicle of British Columbia, and if we dig a little deeper below the foundation of red brick we might find a lost civilization.
|Ross Bay Cemetery|
|Lower Yates St.|
|Willies Bakery- Victoria's oldest Bakery|
History of Victoria
The history of Victoria begins like any other place in Canada as we are told- "The land at the southern parts of Vancouver Island belonged to the Coast Salish people long before any European sailed along the coast."
|Fort Rodd Hill- goggle earth|
|History on B.C. - Oregon treaty |
|Mooring Pin, last object of Fort Victoria|
Wharf St. circa 1866-1870
Castles of Red Brick
Construction in the 1860's
Built on the foundation of Red Brick and towering above the Red Brick neighbourhoods are Castles made of Red Brick. Immense architecture structures that are comparable to any castle from the Old World, all designated with the same types of names as any in the Old World, like academy, school, armoury, bank or government office. List of historic places in Victoria and they are literally everywhere in the city.
St. Ann's Academy: The Sisters of St. Ann
The oldest Red Brick Castle in Victoria is St. Ann's Academy, located at 835 Humboldt Street. (St. Ann's Academy- wikipedia)-(St. Ann's home site- history page).
|Sisters of St. Ann- 1926|
|St.Ann's Schoolhouse c.1890's|
|St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site of Canada|
|Kamloops Indian Residential School opened in 1893|
The next grand structure on my chronological list of important iconic Red Brick Castles in Victoria is Cary Castle, which became the deciding factor why they decided on Victoria to be the capital of B.C..
Also in 1858 the first Jewish settlers came to Victoria to establish the first Jewish Community, and in 1859 The Victoria Hebrew Benevolent Society was created- the first of its kind in Canada, in order to raise funds for a new building. Within 5 years, and at a cost of $9000, the Jewish Community of Victoria constructed the Temple Emanu-El in 1863.
St. Joseph's Hospital
Across the street from St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site of Canada, at 840 Humboldt Street, we have another iconic Red Brick Castle, the Neoclassical Edwardian style architecture of St. Joseph's Hospital.
|Window in St. Joseph's|
|St. Joseph's Chapel|
Construction in the 1880's
|Turner Beeton Building c.1880's|
|The Clarence Hotel c.1888|
The Bank of B.C.
The Bank of British Columbia was built in 1885 and designated a heritage site in 1975. It remained an operating bank until 1988. Now it's a pub called the 'Bard and Banker'.
The B.C. Provincial Law Courts building
Construction in the 1890's
B.C.'s Crystal Palace
|Interior of B.C.'s Crystal Palace |
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Provincial Royal Jubilee Hospital
Other Architecture of the 1890's
Construction in the 1900's
The Fairmont Empress Hotel