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Belmont Building

801-807 Government Street, Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, V8W, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1975/11/27

Exterior view of the Belmont Building; City of Victoria, Berdine Jonker, 2004.
Southwest elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Belmont Building
Belmont Block

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/08/17

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Belmont Building is an eight-storey office building on the corner of Humboldt and Government Streets on the southern boundary of the commercial core of the Old Town District.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Belmont Building (1912) is significant as a gatepost to Victoria's commercial core. The commercial facade of this prominent landmark sets the scene for the Inner Harbour entrance to Government Street.

This office building is notable as an example of technologically advanced construction; it was the first large-scale building in Victoria to comply with new stringent fire codes through the use of reinforced concrete. Architects Horton and Phillips, influenced by the Chicago School of architecture, utilized internal frame construction combined with restrained Edwardian details such as terra cotta cladding, a corner articulation, and walls of slightly recessed windows to accentuate the building's height. The defined verticality of this retail and office structure contributes significantly to the backdrop of historic structures at the northeast corner of the Inner Harbour Precinct.

Source: City of Victoria Planning and Development Department

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of the Belmont Building include:
-the location of the building on the corner of Humboldt and Government streets;
-unimpeded views between the building and the Inner Harbour;
-the vertical emphasis of the form and multi-storey massing;
-the concrete frame construction;
-Chicago school elements typified by the corner tower articulation and the vertical emphasis achieved by the slight recessing of the curved and tripartite windows;
-restrained Edwardian details typified by sparse decoration of the matte-glazed, cream-colored terra cotta cladding on three facades, marked by the horizontal divisions of the plain stringcourse and simple cornice;
-first floor elements related to the period of construction such as the cast iron canopy of the Humboldt Street entrance, storefront windows, and interior features such as the staircase with its Art Nouveau newel post in the lobby.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail
Commerce / Services commerciaux
Bureau ou édifice à bureaux


Architecte / Concepteur

Horton and Phillips



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Victoria Planning and Development Department

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