Downtown Victoria Tour

Wharf Street – 1000 Block

1019 Wharf Street

This six storey building on Victoria’s Inner Harbour was built in 1906 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins as a head office and warehouse for Pither & Leiser Ltd., a liquor and wine wholesale and importing firm.

It is now an office building.

1019 Wharf Street, built in 1906 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for Pither & Leiser, a liquor and wine wholesaler and importer. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of 1019 Wharf Street.

Here is a Google Street View image of 1019 Wharf Street:

Some Additional Information on 1019 Wharf Street

    • Assessed Value (July 2018): $16,048,000; Land: $7,988,000 Buildings: $8,060,000
    • Assessed Value (July 2017): $13,204,000; Land: $4,912,000 Buildings: $8,292,000
    • Assessed Value (July 2016): $12,370,000; Land: $3,962,000 Buildings: $8,408,000
    • Assessed Value (July 2015): $10,928,000; Land: $2,655,000 Buildings: $8,273,000
    • Assessed Value (July 2014): $10,767,000; Land: $2,541,000 Buildings: $8,226,000
  • A Brief History of 1019 Wharf Street

This six storey building on Victoria’s Inner Harbour was built in 1906 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins as a head office and warehouse for Pither & Leiser Ltd., a liquor and wine wholesale and importing firm.

Pither & Leiser has a claim to some distinction in Victoria architectural history. Three Pither & Leiser buildings, including this one at 1019 Wharf Street, are on Victoria’s Heritage Register, a feat unmatched by any other firm we are aware of.

The other two Pither & Leiser buildings on Victoria’s Heritage Register are 533 Yates Street and 535 Yates Street.

Here are links to some historic photos of 1019 Wharf Street:

Here are some Pither & Leiser advertisements from out Historic Victoria Advertisements series:

1912 advertisement for Pither & Leiser, 1019 Wharf Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1912 advertisement for Pither & Leiser, 1019 Wharf Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

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