Downtown Victoria Tour

Blanshard Street – 1100 Block

1114-1126 Blanshard Street – the Montrose Apartments

 

The Montrose Apartments at 1124-1126 Blanshard Street was built in 1912 by architect C. Elwood Watkins as a revenue generating investment property for Andrew Sheret (1870-1947), who ran a plumbing business which is still operating as Andrew Sheret Ltd.

Andrew Sheret Ltd. operated a retail plumbing business in the Montrose Apartments building until the 1950’s.

The Montrose Apartments was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.

The Montrose Apartments, 1114-1126 Blanshard Street, built in 1912 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for Andrew Sheret. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Here’s a map showing the location of the Montrose Apartments at 1114-1126 Blanshard Street.

The Montrose Apartment,1114-1126 Blanshard Street, built in 1912 by archtect C. Elwood Watkins for Andrew Sheret (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Additional Information About 1114-1126 Blanshard Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $2,920,000; Land $1,440,000 Buildings $1,480,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,715,000; Land $1,241,000 Buildings $1,474,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,614,000; Land $1,173,000 Buildings $1,441,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places – listed in 1995

A Brief History of 1114-1126 Blanshard Street

The Montrose Apartments at 1124-1126 Blanshard Street was built in 1912 by architect C. Elwood Watkins as a revenue generating investment property for Andrew Sheret (1870-1947), who ran a plumbing business which is still operating as Andrew Sheret Ltd.

The original building permit, issued to Andrew Sheret by the City of Victoria in April 1912, describes a “new brick building, 3 storey, 48 rooms. Purpose: stores & apartments” with an estimated construction cost of $43,000.

Andrew Sheret named this building the Montrose Apartments after his birthplace in Montrose, Scotland. The Montrose Apartments was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Architect C. Elwood Watkins designed this building for Andrew Sheret as rental apartments on the upper two floors with commercial space on the main, or street, level. The Montrose Apartments has been maintained in that configuration to the present day.

Andrew Sheret Ltd. operated a retail plumbing business in the Montrose Apartments building until the 1950’s.

Here are some historic photos of the Montrose Apartments building:

 

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