Downtown Victoria Tour

Douglas Street – 1400 Block

1416-1420 Douglas Street

1416-1420 Douglas Street was built in 1911 for Smith & Champion, a hardware dealer which used this building as its retail hardware store.

Throughout its history this building has always been a retail store. It is currently the Dollar Tree.

1420 Douglas Street, built in 1911 for Smith & Champion, a furniture store. (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours Inc)

1420 Douglas Street, built in 1911 for Smith & Champion, a furniture store. (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours Inc)

Here is a map showing the location of 1416-1420 Douglas Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of 1416-1420 Douglas Street:

Additional Information About 1416-1420 Douglas Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $2,081,300; Land $2,059,000; Buildings $23,300
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,946,000; Land $1,716,000; Buildings $230,000

A Brief History of 1416-1420 Douglas Street

1416-1420 Douglas Street was built in 1911 as a warehouse for Smith & Champion, a hardware dealer which had operated in a previous building on this site. The original building permit, issued to Smith & Champion by the City of Victoria in April 1911, describes a “new brick building, 3 storey. Purpose: storage” with an estimated construction cost of $10,000.

Although the building was apparently intended to be a warehouse, Smith & Champion used it as a retail store. It has been retail stores throughout its history.

The building facade was altered to its present appearance in the early 1960’s. Here is a photo of the building in 1959, prior to the current facade being installed, and here is a photo from 1966 showing the current facade in place.

Here are links to some historic photographs of 1416-1420 Douglas Street:

Here are links to some Historic Advertisements by businesses located in 1416-1420 Douglas Street:

1908 advertisement for Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1908 advertisement for Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1908 Advertisement For Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street

Smith & Champion was a furniture store which built the present building at 1420 Douglas Street in 1911.

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1910 advertisement for Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 advertisement for Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 Advertisement For Smith & Champion, 1420 Douglas Street

Smith & Champion was a furniture store which built the present building at 1420 Douglas Street in 1911.

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