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Curtis-Armstrong Block

659 Columbia Street, New Westminster, Colombie-Britannique, V3M, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2004/04/05

Exterior view of the Curtis-Armstrong Block, 2004; City of New Westminster, 2004
Front elevation
Historic exterior view of the Curtis-Armstrong Block, nd; New Westminster Public Library, NWPL 1507
Oblique view
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Autre nom(s)

Curtis-Armstrong Block
Curtis Block

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/08/15

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Curtis-Armstrong Block is a two-storey masonry commercial building. The front facade is concealed by a later stucco cladding; the original one-storey brick rear facade fronts onto Clarkson Street and is still intact. It is located on the north side of Columbia Street in New Westminster's historic downtown core.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Curtis-Armstrong Block is significant for its contribution to the consistent and distinctive built form of Columbia Street, which dates from 1898 to 1913, when New Westminster was the major centre of commerce and industry for the booming Fraser Valley area. The Curtis-Armstrong Block was originally part of a larger structure of three stores that was built after the Great Fire of 1898 for David S. Curtis and Joseph Charles Armstrong. The Knights of Pythias Hall occupied the top floor until 1908, when it was replaced by the New Westminster Conservative Club. The eastern half of the building was destroyed by fire in 1968, and the remaining section was modernized with a stucco cladding that conceals the original second floor facade. The brick-clad rear facade of the building retains its original appearance, including a corbelled cornice and arched doorway.

The Curtis-Armstrong Block is valued for its association with its architect George William Grant (1852-1925), a prolific architect, who designed many of the buildings in downtown New Westminster before and after the Great Fire. He redesigned and restored buildings that survived, and designed replacement blocks for those that were destroyed, much reduced in scale and opulence from the pre-fire buildings.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of New Westminster

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Curtis-Armstrong Block include its:
- location on Columbia Street, part of a grouping of late Victorian and Edwardian-era commercial buildings in historic downtown New Westminster
- siting on the property lines, with no setbacks
- form, two-storey scale at front, one-storey scale at rear, flat roof, and cubic massing
- elements of the original front façade, including red brick walls and details, now concealed by the later stucco covering
- rear red brick façade with corbelled cornice and arched entrance




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.954

Type de reconnaissance

Répertoire du patrimoine communautaire

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

George W. Grant


Ekerton Burns

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Planning Files, City of New Westminster

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