Notable Architects and Builders In Victoria History
David Herbert Bale (1867-1945)

David Herbert Bale (1867-1945) was a building contractor who designed homes which he then built through his company, D.H. Bale. Although David H. Bale does not appear to have been a licensed architect he was describing himself in his pre-1920 advertisements as an “Architect, Builder and Contractor”.

A 1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale is shown below. Notice that his business was located in his home at 1402 Stadacona Avenue, at the corner of Fort Street and Stadacona Avenue.

1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder And Contractor.

1913 advertisement for D.H. Bale, Architect, Builder And Contractor.

Here are the David H. Bale projects we have included on the website so far:

We will be adding more David H. Bale houses in future.

Argos, 1480 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David Bale

Argos, 1402 Stadacona Avenue, built by designer/builder David Bale

1402 Stadacona Avenue – Victoria

David H. Bale built 1402 Stadacona Avenue in 1907 as his personal residence and business office.

He named his residence Argos.

1125 Fort Street (right) and 1127 Fort Street (left) (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

1125 Fort Street (right) and 1127 Fort Street (left) (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing)

1127 Fort Street and 1125 Fort Street – Victoria

1127 Fort Street was designed and built in 1907 for Anna Bantley, who again hired David H. Bale in 1909 to build the adjacent house at 1125 Fort Street.

David  H. Bale also built a third adjacent house for Anna Bantley at 1121 Fort Street but that house has since been demolished.

550 Beach Drive, built in 1912 by architect/contractor David H. Bale.

550 Beach Drive, built in 1912 by architect/contractor David H. Bale.

550 Beach Drive – Oak Bay

Built by David H. Bale in 1912

Here are links to some more houses built by David H. Bale:

For more information on David Herbert Bale, see Building The West by Donald Luxton

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

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

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

This is an excellent reference book on late 19th and early 20th century architects and architecture in B.C.

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