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579-581 Johnson Street

This historic building at 579-581 Johnson Street was built in 1888 by architects Elmer Fisher and William Ridgeway Wilson for W.G. Cameron, a clothier who had moved to Victoria from California.

The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the W.G. Cameron Building.

579-581 Johnson Street, built in 1888 for W.G. Cameron by architects Elmer Fisher and William Ridgway Wilson (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours Inc)

579-581 Johnson Street, built in 1888 for W.G. Cameron by architects Elmer Fisher and William Ridgway Wilson (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours Inc)

Here is a map showing the location of 579-581 Johnson Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of 579-581 Johnson Street:

Additional Information About 579-581 Johnson Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $1,089,000; Land $783,000; Buildings $306,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,000,000; Land $737,000; Buildings $263,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $960,000; Land $701,000; Buildings $259,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

A Brief History of 579-581 Johnson Street

This historic building at 579-581 Johnson Street was built in 1888 by architects Elmer Fisher and William Ridgeway Wilson for W.G. Cameron, a clothier who had moved to Victoria from California.

The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the W.G. Cameron Building.

Here are links to some historic photographs of 579-581 Johnson Street:

Here are some Historic Advertisements for some of the businesses which have occupied this building:

1909 advertisement for W.G. Cameron, 581 Johnson Street, (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1909 advertisement for W.G. Cameron, 581 Johnson Street, (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1909 Advertisement For W.G. Cameron

The name of this business is still visible on the cornice of the building.

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1910 advertisement for W.G. Cameron, 581 Johnson Street, (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 advertisement for W.G. Cameron, 581 Johnson Street, (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

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