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Government Street – 1000 Block
1006-1010 Government Street – the Promis Block

The Promis Block at 1006-1010 Government Street was built in 1905 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for Oscar Promis and the Promis Estate Company of San Jose, California.

The Promis Block was formally recognized by the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975 and listed in 2005.

The Promis Block, 1006-1010 Government Street, built in 1905 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for Oscar Promis of the Promis Estate Company, San Jose, California

The Promis Block, 1006-1010 Government Street, built in 1905 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for Oscar Promis of the Promis Estate Company, San Jose, California

Here’s a map showing the location of the Promis Block, 1006-1010 Government Street.

Here is a Google Street View image of the Promis Block, 1006-1010 Government Street:

The Promis Block also features frontage at 1007-1011 Langley Street, one block to the west, currently occupied by Kilshaw’s Auctioneers.

The Langley Street facade of the Promis Block, <a href=

Additional Information About 1006-1010 Government Street, the Promis Block

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $6,857,000; Land – $5,424,000, Buildings – $1,437,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $5,587,000; Land – $4,046,000, Buildings – $1,541,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $4,350,000; Land – $2,771,000, Buildings – $1,,579,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $4,320,000; Land – $2,691,000, Buildings – $1,629,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places – recognized in 1975 and listed in 2005.
  • Victoria Hallmark Society

A Brief History of the Promis Block, 1006-1010 Government Street

The Promis Block has always been a commercial building, typically divided between retail stores on the main level and offices on the second floor.

One long term tenant in the first half of the 20th century was Angus Campbell & Co., a women’s clothing store which occupied 1010 Government Street for over two decades.

1908 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., 1010 Government Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1908 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., 1010 Government Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

January 1909 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., located in the Promis Block, 1010 Government Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

January 1909 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., located in the Promis Block, 1010 Government Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1924 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., which occupied 1010 Government Street for over two decades.

1924 advertisement for Angus Campbell & Co., which occupied 1010 Government Street for over two decades.

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