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Riggs-Selman Building

319 West Pender Street, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, V6B, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1994/12/06

Exterior view of the Riggs-Selman Building, 2005; City of Vancouver, 2005
Front elevation
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Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2007/01/29

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Description du lieu patrimonial

The Riggs-Selman Building is an Edwardian era, symmetrical, four-storey masonry commercial block, recognizable for its twin, pedimented parapets containing distinctive cartouches. It is located mid-block, on the north side of West Pender Street within the context of other commercial buildings of similar scale and age in the Victory Square area of central downtown Vancouver.

Valeur patrimoniale

Built in 1908, the Riggs-Selman Building is valued as an example of Edwardian era, commercial style architecture. Built on a speculative basis by investors Samuel Spenser Selman and Dr. Herbert Wilkinson Riggs, the building is characteristic of commercial type buildings of the era and is distinguished by its large, regularly-disposed upper storey windows. It is distinguished from other commercial buildings of the era by the articulation of the facade, which is more elaborately detailed on the first and upper storeys, with the central portion of the facade consisting of a plain, unadorned wall treatment of smooth stone veneer. This use of stone as a primary cladding material serves to denote the Riggs-Selman Building as one of quality, as the majority of related buildings within the area of the era are clad in less expensive brick. The building features very unusual exterior decoration, such as the 'Caduceus with Wings' in the capitals of the pilasters, as well as unusually shaped cartouches within each of its distinctive paired pediments.

Constructed as a commercial block with street-level retail or commercial space and offices above, the Riggs-Selman Building contributes to the character of the Victory Square area as an important commercial, corporate and retail district during the early period of the twentieth century. The building is prominently located amidst numerous bank headquarters and corporate offices in the hub of commercial activity.

Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Riggs-Selman Building include its:
- mid-block location on West Pender Street built to the property line, flush with other buildings along the street
- contribution to the streetscape as part of an unbroken streetwall with continuous retail storefronts
- commercial form, scale and massing as expressed by its four-storey height (with partial above-ground basement) and regular, rectangular plan
- masonry and timber frame construction with stone veneered facade and poured concrete foundation
- flat roof with raised parapets
- exterior elements, such as a large cartouche within the twinned pediments of the parapet; 'Caduceus with Wings' detail on each of the four pilasters; sheet metal cornice with block modillions; secondary sheet metal cornice and sign plate separating the first and second storeys; side elevation light wells; recessed main entrance containing separate doorways to each ground level commercial space; and receiving door at the rear
- regular, symmetrical fenestration, including large window openings on the second and third storeys with smaller openings on the upper floor




Autorité de reconnaissance

Ville de Vancouver

Loi habilitante

Vancouver Charter, art.582

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Répertoire du patrimoine communautaire

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Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

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

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City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program

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