Downtown Victoria Tour

Government Street – 1100 Block

1102 Government Street – the Southgate & Laschelles Building

This two storey brick building at 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Victoria. It was originally built circa 1869 as a single story commercial building for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles and is still referred to by architectural historians as the Southgate-Leschelles Building. It is believed to have been designed by architect Richard Lewis. It was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975.

This was originally a single storey building. The second floor was added circa 1887.

The Southgate-Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street, built circa 1869 for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of 1102 Government Street.

This building covered more ground than it does now. In 1908 the north section of the building was demolished to allow construction of 1108 Government Street, now Munro’s Books.

A Brief History of 1102 Government Street/530 Yates Street

Here are links to some historic photos of this building and its builders:

This two storey brick building at 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Victoria. It was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975.

It was originally built circa 1869 as a single story commercial building for Joseph .J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles and is still referred to by architectural historians as the Southgate-Leschelles Building. It is believed to have been designed by architect Richard Lewis.

The second floor was added circa 1887.

Until 1908, this building covered more ground than it does now. In 1908 the north section of the building was demolished to allow construction of 1108 Government Street, now Munro’s Books.

For much of its history, this building was used by the Canadian Pacific Railway, both as a ticket booking and reservation office and as a telegraph, and later a telex, facility.

The building still has a telecommunications use. There is a tower at the rear of the building, bordering Langley Street, which contains a concealed microwave tower.

This tower at the rear of 1102 Government Street now contains a cell phone microwave antenna.

Additional Information About 1102 Government Street

A Brief History of the Southgate & Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street

 

Here are links to some historic photos of this building and its builders:

This two storey brick building at 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Victoria. It was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975.

It was originally built circa 1869 as a single story commercial building for Joseph .J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles and is still referred to by architectural historians as the Southgate-Leschelles Building. It is believed to have been designed by architect Richard Lewis.

The second floor was added circa 1887.

Until 1908, this building covered more ground than it does now. In 1908 the north section of the building was demolished to allow construction of 1108 Government Street, now Munro’s Books.

For much of its history, this building was used by the Canadian Pacific Railway, both as a ticket booking and reservation office and as a telegraph, and later a telex, facility.

The building still has a telecommunications use. There is a tower at the rear of the building, bordering Langley Street, which contains a concealed microwave tower.

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