The Customs House development encompasses a full restoration of the historic Customs House building at Wharf and Courtney streets into luxury condominiums. A seven-storey new-build wing will replace a 1959 addition fronting onto Government Street.
16,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space will front onto thoroughfares surrounding the project.
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I'll be damned if that's not a '55 Chevy in that photo of the supposed aftermath of the 1937 fire.
Yes, that pic is obviously from much later. Suffice it to say, it's confusing to include a late-1950s demolition pic in an info panel about a 1937 fire.
It depicts the 1956 demolition prior to the construction of the mid-century portion.
The caption reads: "In 1956 the federal government demolished the 1898 Post Office to make way for a modern building."
The caption also applies to the bottom image.
Ah, that explains it. As per his habit, Mike K. allows the controversy to boil a while before intervening.
VintageAirPhotos.com shows the condition of the building in 1951. The post office roof in the 1950s doesn't look all that different from the post office roof in the 1890s. I'd sure like to know more about the repairs after the 1937 fire if anybody here knows anything about it.
June 30th, 2019
"Art gallery under the stars" tells of storied history at site of Victoria's luxury Customs House condo development
A series of informative panels now adorn construction fencing around one of the most high-profile developments in Victoria's history.
A record-setting price paid for a condominium on Vancouver Island has firmly placed Victoria on the luxury real-estate radar.
An exclusive inside look at the complicated heritage restoration of a downtown Victoria architectural icon.