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1040 Moss Street – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss Street is the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The original section of the building was built in 1888 by architect William Ridgway Wilson and building contractor George Mesher for Alexander Alfred Green (1834-1891). After the death of Alexander Alfred Green in 1891, the house was sold to David Spencer, who ran a chain of department stores in B.C., including a downtown Victoria store located in the 1200 block of Government Street where The Bay Centre stands now.

David Spencer bequeathed the house to his daughter who, in turn, bequeathed it to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on her death in 1951.

It has been the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria since 1951.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, main entrance, 1040 Moss Street. (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, main entrance, 1040 Moss Street. (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Here is a map showing the location of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street:

Here are some more photographs of the 188 section of 1040 Moss Street, designed by architect William Ridgway Wilson and built by contractor George Mesher:

South elevation of the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

South elevation of the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

West elevation of the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

West elevation of the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Architectural detail on the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo{ Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Architectural detail on the original 1888 section of 1040 Moss Street, now the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (photo{ Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

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