Downtown Victoria Tour
Broughton Street – Sightseeing Guide
Wharf Street intersects
Broughton Street runs east-west for seven block between Wharf Street on Victoria’s Inner Harbour on the west and Quadra Street, at Pioneer Sqare, on the east.
Here is a map showing the location of Broughton Street, beginning at its west end at 1001 Wharf Street, on the corner of Broughton Street and Wharf Street:
Here are some notable sights to see along Broughton Street:
1001 Wharf Street – at Broughton Street
1001 Wharf Street is now Nautical Nellie’s Restaurant.
This Art Deco building was originally built in 1931 by architect Eric C. Clarkson for the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans club.
530-534 Broughton Street / 1005 Langley Street
530-534 Broughton Street / 1005 Langley Street was built in 1909 by architect Francis Rattenbury as an office for the B.C. Land & Investment Company, a British company which channeled British investment capital into British Columbia.
1000-1002 Government Street / 536 Broughton Street – the Vernon Block
The Vernon Block at 1000-1002 Government Street and 536 Broughton Street was built in 1899 by architect Thomas Hooper.
It is notable for the arched windows and the exterior brick work.
The Vernon Block is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
602 Broughton Street / 1001-1005 Government Street – the Hamley Building
The Hamley Building was built in 1885. It was originally designed as a three storey building. The fourth floor was added in 1912.
The Hamley Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
609 Broughton Street / 921 Government Street – Weiler Building
The Weiler Building was built in 1899 by architect Thomas Sorby for Weiler Brothers Ltd., which used is as a department store.
The Weiler Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
604 Broughton Street – Bridgman Building
Originally built in 1885 for Charles E. Redfern, a former Mayor of Victoria. The present facade was designed in 1910 by architects Percy Leonard James and Douglas James for A.W. Bridgman, for whom the building is named.
The Bridgman Building is legally consolidated with 1007 Government Street, which is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
636 Broughton Street / 1005-1009 Broad Street
This historic building at 1005-1009 Broad Street and 636 Broughton Street was built in 1884 by architect Thomas Trounce for John Weiler, who used it as a warehouse, showroom and manufacturing facility for his furniture business. Substantial additions were made to the original building in 1891.
This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1994.
680-690 Broughton Street / 1000-1012 Douglas Street
This building was built in 1920 by architect Percy Fox for Otto Weiler, a leading member of the Weiler family which also built the adjacent building at 636 Broughton Street/1005-1009 Broad Street and the Weiler Brothers Building at 921 Government Street / 609 Broughton Street, two blocks west on Broughton Street.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 924 Douglas Street
This landmark church at the south west corner of the Broughton Street / Douglas Street intersection was designed by architect Leonard Butress Trimen. Construction was completed in 1890.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
805 Broughton Street – Royal Theatre
The Royal Theatre was built in 1913 by architects William D’Orly Rochfort and Eben W. Sankey for the Victoria Opera House Company.
The Royal Theatre is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It is still operated as a live theatre venue by the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society.
Pioneer Square – Broughton Street at Quadra Street
Pioneer Square is now a City of Victoria park but between 1855 and 1873 it was Victoria’s main cemetery.
Although most of the grave markers were removed in the early 20th century (they are in storage), many of the original grave markers are still in Pioneer Square.
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