Pandora Avenue / Cook Street
1050-1058 Pandora Avenue
The building still retains its original design with apartments on the second floor and commercial space on the main level.
The building has become known as Wellburn’s, after Wellburn’s Market, which has been in this location since 1914.
Here is a map showing the location of 1050-1058 Pandora Avenue:
Here is a Google Street View image of 1050-1058 Pandora Avenue:
Additional Information About 1050-1058 Pandora Avenue
- Assessed Value (July 2018): $4,477,000; Land $4,200,000; Buildings $277,000
- Assessed Value (July 2017): $4,324,000; Land $2,919,000; Buildings $1,405,000
- Victoria Heritage Foundation
A Brief History of 1050-1058 Pandora Avenue
It was originally called the Executive Building and was divided into apartments on the second floor and several store fronts on the main level.
The original building permit, issued by the City of Victoria to D.R. Ker on 12 September 1911, describes a “new brick building. 2 storey 48 rooms; Purpose: store & apartments” with an estimated construction cost of $38,000.
In 1914 Matthew Wellburn moved his Wellburn’s Grocery into one of the store spaces on the main level. Wellburn’s Grocery gradually expanded into all the store front space along the Cook Street side of the building where it is still in business under the name Wellburn’s Market.
This building is currently the subject of a “re-development” proposal. Here are links to some articles on the proposed “re-development”:
- VibrantVictoria – April 2018
- Times Colonist – July 2018
- Victoria News – July 2018
- North Park Neighbourhood Association – August 2018 [note: PDF]
Here are some other downtown Victoria buildings associated with David Russell Ker:
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