Downtown Victoria Tour –
Blanshard Street – 1600 Block

1609 Blanshard Street

1609 Blanshard Street was built in 1951 by architect John Di Castri for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (C.N.I.B.).

It is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places,  which considers it an excellent example of Modernist architecture.

1609 Blanshard Street, built in 1951 by architect John Di Castri for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

1609 Blanshard Street, built in 1951 by architect John Di Castri for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Here is a map showing the location of 1609 Blanshard Street:

 

Additional Information About 1609 Blanshard Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $2,527,000; Land: $1,699,000; Buildings: $828,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $2,228,000; Land: $1,619,000; Buildings: $609,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,115,000; Land: $1,397,000; Buildings: $718,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places – formally recognized and listed in 2008

 

 

A Brief History of 1609 Blanshard Street

1609 Blanshard Street was built in 1951 by architect John Di Castri as an office building for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (C.N.I.B.).

In 2008 it was formally recognized and listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places,  which considers it an excellent example of Modernist architecture as well a significant example of John Di Castri‘s early work.

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