Downtown Victoria Tour
Yates Street – 700 Block
706-718 Yates Street
706-718 Yates Street is now B.C. provincial government offices but it was originally designed in 1912 by architect George Charles Mesher as the Metropolis Hotel.
Additional Information About 706-718 Yates Street
- Assessed Value (July 2016): $19,338,000; Land $4,374,000 Buildings $14.964,000
- Assessed Value (July 2015): $18,153,000; Land $3,771,000 Buildings $14,382,000
A Brief History of 706- 718 Yates Street
Here are some links to historic photos of 706-718 Yates Street:
- BC Archives photo I-02182 – ScotiaBank, 702 Yates Street, also showing 1313 Douglas Street and the Metropolis Hotel at 718 Yates Street, circa 1940. Photographer: Duncan Macphail
- BC Archives photo A-08535 – Poodle Dog Cafe in the Metropolis Hotel, circa 1940. Photographer: Duncan Macphail
- BC Archives photo I-01491 – Metropolis Hotel, 1947. Photographer: Duncan Macphail
This building was originally designed in 1912 by architect George Charles Mesher for the Metropolis Building Company.
It was apparently intended as an office building. The original building permit, issued by the City of Victoria in May 1912, describes a “new brick, steel and concrete building” “6 storey, 210 rooms”, “purpose: stores and offices.”
It makes sense that the Metropolis Building Co. would retain George C. Mesher to design an office building. In the previous three years, George C. Mesher had designed two major office buildings in downtown Victoria: the Sayward Building and the Pemberton Building (now the Yarrow Building).
The building was built in 1912-1913 but apparently the Metropolis Building Company’s plans changed during construction. Instead of opening as a new office building, this building was opened in 1913 as the Metropolis Hotel.
It operated as a hotel until the 1980’s, when it was converted to provincial government offices with stores on the main floor.
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