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Cook Street – 1000 Block

1030 Cook Street – October Mansion

October Mansion at 1030 Cook Street (between Fort Street and Meares Street) was built in 1910-11 by architect George Charles Mesher for Albert Edward Todd. The original building permit, issued to Albert Todd by the City of Victoria in March 1910, described it as a 90 room, 3 storey “apartment house” with an estimated building cost of $40,000.

This historic apartment building was placed on the City of Victoria Heritage Registry in 2012.

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Cook Street facade

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Cook Street facade

Albert Todd intended this building to be an engagement present for his fiance, Ada Seabrook. They named it October Mansion after the month that Ada Seabrook accepted Albert Todd’s marriage proposal.

October Mansion is still an apartment building and has been rental apartments since it opened in 1911.

Here is a map showing the location of October Mansion at 1030 Cook Street, between Fort Street and Meares Street.

Here is a Google Street View image of October Mansions, 1030 Cook Street:

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Fort Street facade

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Fort Street facade

The Meares Street facade of October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. This apartment building was built in 1910 by architect George Charles Mesher for Albert Todd.

The Meares Street facade of October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. This apartment building was built in 1910 by architect George Charles Mesher for Albert Todd.

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Cook Street entrance

October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street. Cook Street entrance

Additional Information About October Mansion, 1030 Cook Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2017): $3,762,000; Land $2,690,000 Buildings $1,072,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $3,085,000; Land $1,920,000 Buildings $1,165,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,908,000; Land $1,704,000 Buildings $1,204,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,701,000; Land $1,450,000 Buildings $1,251,000
  • Hallmark Society – Victoria
  • Victoria Heritage Foundation

Here are some historic photographs you may find interesting:

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