Downtown Victoria Tour

Fort Street – 600 Block

637-649 Fort Street – Yarrow Building

The Yarrow Building, originally called the Pemberton Building, was designed and built in 1911 by architect George Charles Mesher for Pemberton & Son Ltd., a real estate and financial services firm.

It is one of three downtown Victoria office buildings designed by George Charles Mesher between 1910 and 1913. The other two are the Sayward Building and the former Metropolis Hotel.

The Yarrow Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Here is a Google Street View image of the Yarrow Building:

Here is a map showing the location of the Yarrow Building:

Additional Information About the Yarrow Building, 637 Fort Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $24,346,100; Land $6.641,900; Buildings $17,705,100
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $21,685,000; Land $7.630,900; Buildings $14,054,100
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $20,206,400; Land $5.400,200; Buildings $14,806,200
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

A Brief History of the Yarrow Building, 637 Fort Street

The Yarrow Building, originally called the Pemberton Building, was designed and built in 1911 by architect George Charles Mesher for Pemberton & Son Ltd., a real estate and financial services firm.

It is one of three downtown Victoria office buildings designed by George Charles Mesher between 1910 and 1913. The other two are the Sayward Building and the former Metropolis Hotel.

The Yarrow Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Here are links to some historic photographs of 637 Fort Street:

Here are some Historic Advertisements for the Pemberton Building and businesses located in this building:

1910 advertisement showing the Pemberton Building (now the Yarrow Building) under construction. This view is looking northwest from the corner of Broad Street and Broughton Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 advertisement showing the Pemberton Building (now the Yarrow Building) under construction. This view is looking northwest from the corner of Broad Street and Broughton Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1910 Advertisement For Pemberton & Son

showing the Pemberton Building during construction

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