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This building at 1205-1213 Wharf Street and 8-10 Bastion Square was built in 1862-1863 by Captain James Murray Reid. It is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Reid Building.

1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square, originally built in 1862-1863

1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square, originally built in 1862-1863

1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square, originally built in 1862-1863

1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square, originally built in 1862-1863

Here is a map showing the location of 8-10 Bastion Square / 1205-1213 Wharf Street:

 

Here is a Google Street View image of 8-10 Bastion Square / 1205-1213 Wharf Street:

 

 

 
 

Additional Information About 1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $7.837,000; Land $2,650,000; Buildings $5,187,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $7.451,000; Land $2,197,000; Buildings $5,254,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $6,662,000; Land $1,550,000; Buildings $5,112,000
  • Canadian Register of Historic PlacesReid Building

A Brief History of 1205-1213 Wharf Street & 8-10 Bastion Square

Captain James Murray Reid was a sailor with Hudson’s Bay Company when he was appointed to a post at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Victoria in 1859.

He soon set up a commission and general merchants business with his son in law, William J. MacDonald, which operated from a building on this site. Captain Reid demolished the original building in 1862 and had this building erected in 1862-1863.

The building was originally two stories. (Here is a photo of this building circa 1880) A hipped roof was added later but was subsequently replaced by the current third story with its Mansard roof.

Captain Reid died in 1868 but his estate retained ownership of the building for decades under the management of the estate’s executor.

Here are some links to historic photos of this building:

This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places, as the Reid Building, in 1975.

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