Downtown Victoria Tour

Courtney Street Sightseeing Guide

 

Courtney Street runs east-west from Quadra Street at Christchurch Cathedral on the east to Wharf Street and the Inner Harbour on the west.

Here is a map showing the location of Courtney Street, starting from 602 Courtney Street, near the west end of Courtney Street at the intersection of Government Street, and moving east toward Christ Church Cathedral at Quadra Street:

809-817 Government Street605 Courtney Street

Built in 1903 for Joseph and Louis Rostein by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins. Later renamed the Metropolitan Building.

This building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Metropolitan Building.

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The Metropolitan Building, 809-817 Government Street, built in 1903 for Joseph Rostein and Louis Rostein (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

The Metropolitan Building, 809-817 Government Street, built in 1903 for Joseph Rostein and Louis Rostein (photo: Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

901-905 Government Street. Built in 1858 for George Richardson as the first brick hotel in Victoria.

901-905 Government Street. Built in 1858 for George Richardson as the first brick hotel in Victoria.

901-905 Government Street

901-905 Government Street was built in 1858 as Victoria’s first hotel.

It is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Victoria Hotel.

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600-610 Courtney Street, built in 1913 for hotelier Stephen Jones (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

600-610 Courtney Street, built in 1913 for hotelier Stephen Jones (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

600-610 Courtney Street

Built in 1913 by hotelier Stephen Jones as an addition to 901-905 Government Street, this building is still legally consolidated with 901-905 Government Street.

Both buildings are listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

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625 Courtney Street

625 Courtney Street was built in 1911 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for Thomas Cusack, who used it for his printing business.

The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places as the Cusack Printing Office.

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625 Courtney Street, built in 1911 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for Thomas Cusack (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

625 Courtney Street, built in 1911 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for Thomas Cusack (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Rexall Drugs, 912 Douglas Street, occupies a building that was designed by architect John Di Castri.

Rexall Drugs, 912 Douglas Street, occupies a building that was designed in 1954 by architect John Di Castri.

912 Douglas Street – Rexall Drugs

912 Douglas Street, at the corner of Douglas Street and Courtney Street, was built in 1953 by architect John Di Castri for Ballantyne’s Florists.

It was originally divided into four separate retail spaces but was renovated in 2010 into one single retail space. It has been occupied by Rexall Drugs since 2011.

This building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places which considers it a notable example of mid 20th century commercial architecture.

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Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street. Built in 1911.

Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street. Built in 1911.

Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street at Courtney Street

The Strathcona Hotel, at the intersection of Douglas Street and Courtney Street, was built in 1911 by architect Henry S. Griffith as an office building to be known as the Empress Block. During construction the plans were changed to make it into a hotel. It opened as the Strathcona Hotel and has been operated under that name since 1912.

The Strathcona Hotel is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

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716 Courtney Street, built in 1911 as the Alexandra Ladies Club (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

716 Courtney Street, built in 1911 as the Alexandra Ladies Club (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

716 Courtney Street

716 Courtney Street was built in 1910-1911 by architect David Cowper Frame for the Alexandra Ladies Club.

The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places under the name Alexandra Ladies Club.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Designed by architect J.C.M. Keith, Christ Church Cathedral is the the headquarters of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia.

Christ Church Cathedral is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

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Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Street, Victoria, B.C.

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra Street elevation, Victoria, B.C.

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