Downtown Victoria Tour

Government Street – 1100 Block

1108 Government Street – Munro’s Books

1108 Government Street is now Munro’s Books, but it was originally built in 1909-10 by architect Thomas Hooper for the Royal Bank of Canada.

This building was formally recognized by the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975 and listed in 2010.

Munro's Books, 1108 Government Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of 1108 Government Street.

Munro's Book, 1108 Government Street, built in 1908 (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here is a promotional drawing of 1108 Government Street released by the Royal Bank of Canada and architect Thomas Hooper in 1909.

Promotional drawing of 1108 Government Street released by the Royal Bank of Canada and architect Thomas Hooper in 1909. (Victoria Online Sightseeing collection)

Additional Information About 1108 Government Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $4,060,000; Land – $1,544,000, Buildings – $2,506,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $4,059,000; Land – $1,558,000, Buildings – $2,501,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

A Brief History of 1108 Government Street

This building was designed in 1909 by architect Thomas Hooper for the Royal Bank of Canada, which used the building as its main bank branch in downtown Victoria.

The original building permit, issued in November 1909 by the City of Victoria, refers to a “new brick building, 2 story, 8 rooms” with an estimated construction cost of $45,000.

Although this was originally a two story building, the second story has been removed.

The building was used by the Royal Bank until the 1980’s. It was acquired by Munro’s Books in 1985 and converted to its present use as a bookstore.

This building was formally recognized by the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1975 and listed in 2010.

Here are links to some historic photos of this building:

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