Downtown Victoria Tour

Broad Street – 1400 Block

1420 Broad Street

This building at 1420 Broad Street was built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury as an office and warehouse for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company. It is currently a broadcasting facility owned by Rogers Communications, which houses Victoria’s CTV affiliate, CIVI, and radio stations KOOL-FM (107.3 FM) and C-FAX 1070 (1070 AM).

The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

1414-1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company

1414-1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company

Here is a map showing the location of 1420 Broad Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of 1420 Broad Street:

 

 

Additional Information About 1420 Broad Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $11,731,000; Land $3,989,000 Buildings $7,742,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $10,824,000; Land $2,984,000 Buildings $7,840,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $10,079,000; Land $1,143,000 Buildings $7,789,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $8,932,000; Land $1,143,000 Buildings $7,789,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $8,856,000; Land $1,222,000 Buildings $7,634,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

A Brief History of 1420 Broad Street

This building at 1420 Broad Street was built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company.

The Brackman-Ker Milling Company was a prominent firm in Victoria business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was formed in 1877 by Henry Brackman. In 1882, David Russell Ker became Brackman’s business partner.

In 1889 Brackman-Kerr Milling Company built a warehouse at 1407 Government Street. In 1907 the company built this building as its head office and warehouse.

After the Brackman-Ker Milling Company left this location, this building became a commercial building. For many decades it was a furniture store.

The building is currently used as a broadcasting facility by Rogers Communications. The broadcasting operations include Victoria’s CTV affiliate, CIVI, and two radio stations: KOOL FM (107.3) and C-FAX (1070).

Here are links to some historic photographs of 1420 Broad Street:

 

Here are links to some Historic Advertisements and other historical information connected to the Brackman-Ker Milling Company and other previous occupants of 1420 Broad Street:

1407 Government Street (right), built in 1889, and 1411 Government Street (left), built in 1891. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1407 Government Street (right), built in 1889, and 1411 Government Street (left), built in 1891.(photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1407 Government Street

1407 Government Street was built in 1888 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company as ts offices and warehouse.

The Brackman-Ker Milling Company was based at 1407 Government Street until it built 1420 Broad Street.

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The Ker Block, 512-514 Fort Street. Designed by architect Francis Rattenbury in 1909 for David Russel Ker (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

The Ker Block, 512-514 Fort Street. Designed by architect Francis Rattenbury in 1909 for David Russel Ker (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

510-512 Fort Street – the Ker Block

The Ker Block, 510-512 Fort Street, was built in 1909 by architect Francis Rattenbury as an investment property for David Russell Ker, owner of the Brackman-Ker Milling Company.

Francis Rattenbury also built 1420 Broad Street for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company.

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Here are some Historic Advertisements from businesses which have been located at 1420 Broad Street over the years:

1910 advertisement for B&K Rolled Oats, made by the Brackman-Ker Milling Co., whose head office was at 1420 Broad Street in downtown Victoria. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 advertisement for B&K Rolled Oats, made by the Brackman-Ker Milling Co., whose head office was at 1420 Broad Street in downtown Victoria. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 Advertisement For The Brackman-Ker Milling Company, 1420 Broad Street

This 1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which had its offices and warehouse at 1420 Broad Street, shows the company’s mill at what was then called the Outer Wharf, but which is now Ogden Point, where cruise ships dock while visiting Victoria.

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