Notable Architects & Builders In Victoria History
Charles Elwood Watkins (1875-1942)

Charles Elwood Watkins (1875-1942) left a significant legacy in Victoria’s architectural history, in his own architectural practice and in partnership with Thomas Hooper.

In 1926 Charles Elwood Watkins was the second architect to join the then newly formed professional association, the Architectural Institute of B.C.

He used the name C. Elwood Watkins in his professional life. Here is a link to a BC Archives photo of C. Elwood Watkins.

909, 911 and 913 Government Street, designed by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins. Built in 1903. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Here is a partial listing of Charles Elwood Watkins’ projects on a leading Canadian architectural history website.

Here are the Charles Elwood Watkins projects we have included on this website so far:

The Lee Block, Government Street at Fisgard Street. Built in 1910 by architect C. Elwood Watkins. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

565 Fisgard Street & 1618-1628 Government Street – the Lee Block

The Lee Block, designed and built in 1910 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for Lee Woy & Company.

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612 and 614 Fisgard Street built in 1910 by architect C. Elwood Watkins (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

612 Fisgard Street and 614 Fisgard Street

The Shon Yee Benevolent Association at 612 Fisgard Street and the Lee’s Benevolent Association at 614 Fisgard Street. Designed by architect C. Elwood Watkins in 1910.

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Hook Sin Tong Charity building, 658-666 Herald Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

658-666 Herald Street – Hook Sin Tong Charity

Built by architect C. Elwood Watkins in 1911-1912 for the Hook Sin Tong Charity.

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Montrose Apartments, built in 1912 for Andrew Sheret by architect C. Elwood Watkins (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1114-1126 Blanshard Street, the Montrose Apartments,

Built in 1912 for Andrew Sheret by architect C. Elwood Watkins

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1776 Beach Drive, Oak Bay. Built in 1913 by architect C. Elwood Watkins (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

1776 Beach Drive, Oak Bay

Built in 1913 by architect Charles Elwood Watkins for Henry C. Hall.

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For more information on Charles Elwood Watkins:

As one of Recommended Books, we also recommend Building The West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, edited by Donald Luxton, as an excellent source of further information about C. Elwood Watkins, his partner Thomas Hooper and other early architects listed on this site.

Book cover, Building the West: The Early Architects of B.C., edited by Donald Luxton

Building The West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, edited by Donald Luxton

This is an excellent reference book about the early architects of B.C. and their work.

We have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone interested in B.C. architecture and architectural history.

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