Downtown Victoria Tour

Yates Street – 700 Block

719 Yates Street – Finch Building

The Finch Building at 719 Yates Street was designed and built in 1910 by architect David Cowper Frame for the firm of Finch & Finch. It has been used continuously for commercial purposes.

719 Yates Street is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Finch Building.

The Finch Building, 719 Yates Street (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

The Finch Building, 719 Yates Street (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Here is a map showing the location of the Finch Building, 719 Yates Street:

Here is a Google Street View image of the Finch Building, 719 Yates Street:

Additional Information About 719 Yates Street

 The Finch Building, 719 Yates Street, is legally consolidated as part of the adjacent building at 721 Yates Street.

  • Assessed Value (July 2018): $9,732,000; Land $8,391,000 Buildings $1,341,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $8,428,000; Land $7,080,000 Buildings $1,348,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $7,638,000; Land $6,282,000 Buildings $1,356,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $7,055,000; Land $5,757,000 Buildings $1,298,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

A Brief History of the Finch Building, 719 Yates Street

The Finch Building at 719 Yates Street was designed and built in 1910 by architect David Cowper Frame and contractor Westholme Lumber Company for the firm of Finch & Finch. The original building permit, issued by the City of Victoria to Finch & Finch in April 1910, describes a “new brick building, 3 storeys, 20 rooms” to be used as “offices & stores” with an estimated construction cost of $18,000.

The Finch Building has been used continuously for commercial purposes.

719 Yates Street is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Finch Building.

Here are links to some historic photographs of the Finch Building, 719 Yates Street:

Here are some Historic Advertisements for businesses which have occupied the Finch Building over the years:

1912 advertisement for Finch & Finch, 719 Yates Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1912 advertisement for Finch & Finch, 719 Yates Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1912 Advertisement For Finch & Finch, 719 Yates Street

Finch & Finch was a women’s clothing business which built the Finch Building in 1910

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1926 advertisement showing Standard Furniture occupying the Finch Building at 719 Yates Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 advertisement showing Standard Furniture occupying the Finch Building at 719 Yates Street (Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours collection)

1926 Advertisement For Standard Furniture – Finch Building

1926 advertisement for Standard Furniture, 719 Yates Street.

This advertisement is interesting for the drawing of the Finch Building and its listing of the population figures for late 19th and early 20th century Victoria.

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