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Bastion Square / Langley Street

43-47 Bastion Square & 1118 Langley Street – Law Chambers

The Law Chambers building at 43-47 Bastion Square and 1118 Langley Street was built in 1901 by architect Francis Rattenbury for F.J. Schofield, who wanted a building in which he could rent office space to lawyers.

The Law Chambers, 43-47 Bastion Square and 1118 Langley Street, built in 1901 by architect Francis Rattenbury for F.J. Schofield

The Law Chambers, 43-47 Bastion Square and 1118 Langley Street, built in 1901 by architect Francis Rattenbury for F.J. Schofield

Several late 19th and early 20th century buildings in this vicinity were originally built as lawyers’ offices or included some space intended for rental as lawyers’ offices. At that time the B.C. Provincial Court was directly across the street at 28-30 Bastion Square so there was a sound business case for developers in building office space immediately adjacent to the B.C. Provincial Court to rent to lawyers and other professions which conducted business in the courts.

Other buildings in this immediate area which were originally built as lawyers’ offices include 50-56 Bastion Square, 69 Bastion Square and Chancery Chambers, 1218 Langley Street.

Here is a map showing the location of 43-47 Bastion Square:

Here is a Google Street View image of 43-47 Bastion Square as seen from Langley Street:

Additional Information About the Law Chambers, 43-47 Bastion Square

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $3,043,000; Land $2,014,000 Buildings  $1,029,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $2,779,000; Land $1,686,000 Buildings  $1,093,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $2,612,000; Land $1,456,000 Buildings  $1,156,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,333,000; Land $1,165,000 Buildings  $1,168,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,329,000; Land $1,139,000 Buildings  $1,190,000

A Brief History of the Law Chambers, 43-47 Bastion Square

The Law Chambers building at 43-47 Bastion Square and 1118 Langley Street was built in 1901 by architect Francis Rattenbury for F.J. Schofield, who wanted a building in which he could rent office space to lawyers.

Several late 19th and early 20th century buildings in this vicinity were originally built as lawyers’ offices or included some space intended for rental as lawyers’ offices. At that time the B.C. Provincial Court was directly across the street at 28-30 Bastion Square so there was a sound business case for developers in building office space immediately adjacent to the B.C. Provincial Court to rent to lawyers and other professions which conducted business in the courts.

Other buildings in this immediate area which were originally built as lawyers’ offices include 50-56 Bastion Square, 69 Bastion Square and Chancery Chambers, 1218 Langley Street.

By the 1950’s this building had been converted to retail use. It is still being used for retail today, with retail space on the main floor and office space on the upper floors.

Here are links to some historic photos of this building:

Here are some other neighbouring buildings which were also connected with the legal profession in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

28 Bastion Square as the Maritime Museum, 2005.

28 Bastion Square as the Maritime Museum, 2005.

28 Bastion Square

Built for the B.C. Provincial Court. This building served as a court house until 1963.

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69 Bastion Square, built in 1885 as the law office of Theodore Davie, who became Premier of B.C. 1892-1895.

69 Bastion Square, built in 1885 as the law office of Theodore Davie, who became Premier of B.C. 1892-1895.

69 Bastion Square

69 Bastion Square, now the Garrick’s Head Pub, built in 1885 as the law office of Theodore Davie, who became Premier of B.C. 1892-1895.

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50-56 Bastion Square, built circa 1890. The main floor is now occupied by Re-Bar at 50 Bastion Square

50-56 Bastion Square, built circa 1890. The main floor is now occupied by Re-Bar at 50 Bastion Square

50-56 Bastion Square

50-56 Bastion Square, built circa 1890 as lawyers’ offices. The main floor is now occupied by Re-Bar at 50 Bastion Square

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Chancery Chambers, 1218 Langley Street. Built by architect Francis Rattenbury in 1905 for J.H. McGregor, who rented out space in the building as lawyers' offices.

Chancery Chambers, 1218 Langley Street. Built by architect Francis Rattenbury in 1905 for J.H. McGregor, who rented out space in the building as lawyers’ offices.

1218 Langley Street – Chancery Chambers

Chancery Chambers, 1218 Langley Street. Built by architect Francis Rattenbury in 1905 for J.H. McGregor, who rented out space in the building as lawyers’ offices.

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