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Fort Street – 700 Block

737 Fort Street

737 Fort Street was built in 1912 by architect A. Arthur Cox for the British American Trust Company, which was involved in the investment of British capital in British Columbia infrastructure and business projects.

737 Fort Street is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places under the name British American Trust Company Building.

 

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Additional Information About 737 Fort Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $1,467,000; Land $228,000; Buildings $1,239,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $1,440,000; Land $187,000; Buildings $1,253,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places

 

A Brief History of 737 Fort Street

737 Fort Street was built in 1912-1913 by architect A. Arthur Cox for the British American Trust Company, which was involved in the investment of British capital in British Columbia infrastructure and business projects.

In the period before the First World War (1914-1918), Britain was the leading source of foreign investment in British Columbia and several local and foreign companies, including the British North American Trust Company, were involved in channeling British investment capital into British Columbia projects.

The original building permit, issued by the City of Victoria to British American Trust Co. in October 1912, describes a “new concrete, stone [and] brick building, two storye, 8 rooms. Purpose: offices.” The estimated construction cost in 1912 was $35,000.

737 Fort Street is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places under the name British American Trust Company Building.

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