Downtown Victoria Tour

Wharf Street – 1100 Block

1109 Wharf Street

 

1109 Wharf Street was built circa 1861 by Philip Backus, who used it for his auctioneer business. The architect who designed the original building was possibly Richard Lewis.

It is now part of a single complex which includes 1107 Wharf Street, and 1117-1129 Wharf Street.

1109 Wharf Street. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of 1109 Wharf Street.

Here is a photo of 1107 Wharf Street and 1109 Wharf Street in 2005.

1109 Wharf Street in 2005. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

A Brief History of 1109 Wharf Street

1109 Wharf Street was built circa 1861 by auctioneer Philip Backus, who used it as his business premises. It is possible that the architect who designed the original building was Richard Lewis.

It was originally a single story building with three large rectangular double doors which opened directly onto Wharf Street.  These original doors have been replaced by the two windows on each side of the building and the central doorway entrance.

In 1873, the second floor was added.

Over the years, building occupants have included the Hamilton Powder Company.

This building is now part of an office complex which includes the adjacent buildings at 1107 Wharf Street and 1117-1129 Wharf Street.

 

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