Richard Lewis (died 1 January 1875) was a prominent architect and builder in early Victoria. He also served as Mayor of Victoria in 1872. Many of the early commercial buildings along Wharf Street (now on Victoria’s Heritage Registry) were originally designed by Richard Lewis.

Here are the buildings associated with Richard Lewis which we have included on this site:

The Rithet Building, 1117-1129 Wharf Street, built 1861-1865 with additions in 1885 and 1889

The Rithet Building, 1117-1129 Wharf Street, built 1861-1865 with additions in 1885 and 1889

1107 Wharf Street (right) built circa 1862, and 1109 Wharf Street (left), built circa 1861.

1107 Wharf Street (right) built circa 1862, and 1109 Wharf Street (left), built circa 1861.

1129 Wharf Street, built in 1862 with additions in 1884-85.

1129 Wharf Street, built in 1862 with additions in 1884-85.

The Southgate-Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street, built circa 1869 for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles

The Southgate-Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street, built circa 1869 for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles

Richard Lewis is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

The grave of Richard Lewis in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

The grave of Richard Lewis in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

Ross Bay Cemetery has suffered repeated bouts of vandalism and Richard Lewis’ grave stone was among the many funeral¬†monuments damaged by vandals. Richard Lewis’ grave stone (see photo below) was repaired as much as possible by the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria.

As the photo of Richard Lewis’ grave stone below shows, Richard Lewis was a Freemason, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1 in Victoria.

Vandalism damage to Richard Lewis gravestone has been repaired by the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria

Vandalism damage to Richard Lewis gravestone has been repaired by the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria

For more information on Richard Lewis and other early architects in Victoria, we recommend Building The West: Early Architects In British Columbia, edited 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

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