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Quadra Street – 1200 Block

 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street

1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street was originally built in 1926 by architect Ralph Berrill as a showroom and garage for the Begg Motor Company.

It later became BC provincial government offices and the second floor remains office space used by the BC Provincial government..

1250 Quadra Street, from View Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1250 Quadra Street, from View Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1250 Quadra Street, viewed from Yates Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street, viewed from Yates Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Here is a map showing the location of 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street:

Additional Information About 1250 Quadra Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $9,934,000; Land $6,426,000; Buildings $3,508,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $8,955,000; Land $6,978,000; Buildings $1,977,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $8,409,000; Land $6,635,000; Buildings $1,774,000

A Brief History of 1250 Quadra Street

1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street was originally built in 1926 by architect Ralph Berrill as a showroom and garage for the Begg Motor Company.

It later became BC provincial government offices and the second floor remains office space used by the BC Provincial government..

Here are links to some historic photographs of 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street:

Here are some advertisements from businesses which have been in 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street over the years. The first two advertisements, from 1926, are from the Begg Motor Company before and after it moved into 1250 Quadra Street / 865 Yates Street from its previous location, half a block to the east at 937 View Street.

1926 advertisement for Chevrolet automobiles, placed by Begg Motor Company, 937 View Street. This advertisement was placed in the spring of 1926, before Begg Motor Co. opened its new building at 1250 Quadra Street. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 advertisement for Chevrolet automobiles, placed by Begg Motor Company, 937 View Street. This advertisement was placed in the spring of 1926, before Begg Motor Co. opened its new building at 1250 Quadra Street. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 Advertisement For Chevrolet, By Begg Motor Company, 937 View Street

This advertisement was placed in the spring of 1926, before the Begg Motor Company moved from 937 View Street to its newly built building at 865 Yates Street / 1250 Quadra Street.

1926 advertisement for Chevrolet automobiles, placed by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street. This advertisement was placed in the fall of 1926, after Begg Motor Co. opened its new building at 865 Yates Street (now 1250 Quadra Street). (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 advertisement for Chevrolet automobiles, placed by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street. This advertisement was placed in the fall of 1926, after Begg Motor Co. opened its new building at 865 Yates Street (now 1250 Quadra Street). (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 Advertisement For Chevrolet, By Begg Motor Comany, 865 Yates Street

This 1926 advertisement was placed by Begg Motor Company after it had moved into its new building at 865 Yates Street / 1250 Quadra Street.

It shows Begg Motor Company at 865 Yates Street, which suggests that the Begg Motor Company showroom entrance was located on Yates Street, where the Starbucks is now, rather than today’s main entrance to the building at 1250 Quadra Street.

1940 advertisement for Plymouth, by Begg Motor Co. Ltd., then located at 865 Yates Street, at Quadra Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1940 advertisement for Plymouth, by Begg Motor Co. Ltd., then located at 865 Yates Street, at Quadra Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

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