Downtown Victoria Tour

Government Street – 1000 Block

1017-1021 Government Street – the Galpin Block


The Galpin Block at 1017-1021 Government Street was built in 1884 for British publisher and investor Thomas Dixon Galpin (1828-1910).

It is a City of Victoria Heritage Building and is now an office building with retail space on the main floor.

The Galpin Block, 1017-1021 Government Street. Built in 1884 for Thomas Galpin (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of the Galpin Block at 1017-1021 Government Street.


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A Brief History of  the Galpin Block, 1017-1021 Government Street:

This was the first of several commercial buildings erected in Victoria  British publisher Thomas Dixon Galpin, a partner in the firm of Cassell, Petter and Galpin, the largest publishing house in England at the time.

The ground floor contained Pennock & Clayton Jewellers from 1890-1895 and Challoner & Mitchell from 1895-1914. The second floor was home of the Alexandra Club from 1900 to 1911. In 1912, the owner of the adjacent Brown Jug Saloon took over this building, known then as the Albion Hotel, to comply with the new liquor act requirements of drinking establishments having hotel accommodations. Under this arrangement the building was renamed the Brown Jug Hotel.

The commercial space on the main floor has occupied by the Irish Linen Shop since 1917. The upper floors are currently used as provincial government offices.

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