Downtown Victoria Tour
Government Street – 1400 Block
This building, currently the Plaza Hotel, was originally built in 1910-11 by architect Henry Sandham Griffith for the Westholme Lumber Company, which opened it as the Hotel Westholme, with stores on the main, or street, level and hotel rooms on the upper floors.
Here is a map showing the location of 1413-1421 Government Street:
Additional Information About 1413-1421 Government Street
- Assessed Value (July 2017): $4,851,000; Land $4,683,000 Buildings $168,000
- Citified.ca – Development proposal, July 2017
- Sold for $5,200,000 on 15 September 2016
- Times-Colonist – August 2016
- Assessed Value (July 2016): $3,264,000; Land $3,096,000 Buildings $168,000
- Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,830,000; Land $2,669,000 Buildings $161,000
- Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,678,000; Land $2,522,000 Buildings $156,000
- Times-Colonist – May 2014
- Times-Colonist – July 2013
A Brief History of 1413-1421 Government Street
This building was built in 1910-11 by architect Henry Sandham Griffith for the Westholme Lumber Company. According to the original building permit, issued by the City of Victoria in April 1910, the building was originally designed as stores and offices space with an estimated construction cost of $40,000. It opened as the Hotel Westholme, which featured stores on the main level with hotel rooms on the upper floors.
For most of its history it has been a hotel, operating under various names, with space on the main floor rented to stores.
Under the Plaza Hotel, the stores on the street level have been removed and replaced with a bar and nighclub operated by the hotel.
The building is currently for sale and there are proposals to convert it into residential strata units.
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