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Fort Street

1402 Stadacona Avenue (at Fort Street)

1402 Stadacona Avenue, at the corner of Stadacona Avenue and Fort Street, was built in 1907 by designer/builder David Herbert Bale (1867-1945). David Bale designed houses and operated a construction company which built houses that Bale designed.

David Bale built this house as his own residence and as a show home for his designs. It was Heritage Designated in 1977.

Argos, 1480 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David Bale

Argos, 1480 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David H. Bale

Here is a map showing the location of Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue:

Here is a Google Street View image of Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue:

Additional Information About Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue & 1480 Fort Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $1,098,000; Land $767,000. Buildings $331,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $925,000; Land $674,000. Buildings $251,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $1,005,000; Land $715,000. Buildings $920,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $904,000; Land $584,000. Buildings $320,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $821,000; Land $469,000. Buildings $352,000
  • Victoria Heritage Foundation
  • Hallmark Society, photos of restoration 1999-2002

A Brief History of Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue

1402 Stadacona Avenue was built in 1907 by designer/builder David Herbert Bale (1867-1945). David Bale designed houses and operated a construction company which built houses Bale designed.

David Bale built this house as his own residence and as a show home for his designs. Some of the original 1907 stained glass windows are still in place. They are believed to have been made by Henry Fox of the Victoria Glass Works.

David Bale lived here until his death in 1945.

In 1946 the house became the Stadacona Guest House. Between 1954-1970 it was the Stadacona Rest Home, a facility for elderly women.

By 1999, the house had become somewhat rundown. The owners started a three year renovation which earned them awards from the Hallmark Society and Heritage B.C.

Here are links to some historic photographs of 1402 Stadacona Avenue:

Here are some photographs showing architectural details of 1402 Stadacona Avenue:

Stained glass window in Argos, 1480 Stadacona Avenue

Stained glass window in Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue

Detail on Argos, 1480 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David Bale

Detail on Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David Bale

1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder And Contractor.

1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder And Contractor.

1913 Advertisement For D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder & Contractor

This 1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder & Contractor, shows his business address at Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue.

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550 Beach Drive, built in 1912 by architect/contractor David H. Bale.

550 Beach Drive, built in 1912 by architect/contractor David H. Bale.

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