British Columbia Parliament Buildings – 501 Belleville Street
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings, also known as the British Columbia Legislature Buildings, are located at 501 Belleville Street, between Government Street and Menzies Street.
Free guided tours of the B.C. Parliament Buildings are available. Guided Tours last between 30-40 minutes. Here is a link to the tour schedule.
The B.C. Parliament Building was designed by architect Francis Rattenbury, who won a competition for the design in 1893. The B.C. Parliament Building was completed in 1898.
The initial construction budget was for the B.C. Parliament Buildings was $500,000. When construction was completed in 1898 the final cost was $923,000.
Here is a map showing the location of the B.C. Legislative Assembly building:
Here is a Google Street View image of the B.C. Legislature Building:
Here are links to some historic photos of the B.C. Parliament Buildings:
- BC Archives photo D-00236 – circa 1898
- City of Victoria Archives photo M00559 – circa 1915. Legislature Library under construction
- BC Archives photo C-08263 – circa 1910. Also shows the obelisk monument to Sir James Douglas
- BC Archives photo I-03035 – 1969
- BC Archives photo I-03036 – 1981
- BC Archives photo I-03031 – 1985
Here are links to some historic photos of the B.C. Legislative Assembly:
Here are links to some historic photos of the original B.C. Legislative Assembly building, built on this site in 1862 and known as “the Birdcages” because of its shape. The Birdcages were replaced by the B.C. Parliament Buildings in 1898 but a portion of the original stood on this site until 1957, when it was destroyed by fire:
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