Downtown Victoria Tour
Fort Street – 600 Block

655-671 Fort Street – Fell Building

This building at 655-671 Fort Street and 1011 Broad Street was built in 1879 for James Fell.

Here’s a map showing the location of 655-671 Fort Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of the Fell Building, 655-671 Fort Street:

This building at 655-671 Fort Street and 1011 Broad Street was built in 1879 for James Fell.

Additional Information About the Fell Building

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $5,570,000; Land: $1,954,000; Buildings: $3,616,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $4,957,000; Land: $1,858,000; Buildings: $3,099,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $4,702,000; Land: $1,601,000; Buildings: $3,101,000

A Brief History of the Fell Building, 655-671 Fort Street / 1011 Broad Street

The Fell Building was originally used by James Fell as grocery store. We came across this 1881 advertisement for the Fell Grocery:

“DEATH IN THE COFFEE POT – The public are cautioned against purchasing imported California ground coffee. The ingredients are of the vilest description, as anyone using it will discover should he examine the grounds. During the perihelia of the planets people should be careful what they eat and drink. Don’t allow you grocer to palm off his trash upon you, because it pays him better to sell it than the good article. Ask for FELL & Co.’s coffee and take no other.”

Here are links to some historic photos of the Fell Building:

Here are some Historic Victoria Advertisements by occupants of the Fell Building:

1909 advertisement for Copas & Young, Anti-Combine Grocers, in the Fell Building, Fort Street at Broad Street. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1909 advertisement for Copas & Young, Anti-Combine Grocers, in the Fell Building, Fort Street at Broad Street. (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1909 Advertisement for Copas & Young, The Anti-Combine Grocers (with prices)

Copas & Young occupied the ground floor of the Fell Building for at least two decades in the early 20th century. We will do more research on the dates in future.

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