Rawlinson & Glaholm Building
437 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Rawlinson & Glaholm Building is a small, one-storey Edwardian Commercial style building situated at a prominent corner in one of Nanaimo's oldest neighbourhoods. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.
The Rawlinson & Glaholm Building's value resides in its role as a gateway building. Located at a prominent intersection, the building marks the western entrance to one of Nanaimo's oldest commercial areas. The angled corner entry mirrors the entry on the building directly across the street and creates a visual funnel, reinforcing the impression of entering a new and distinct space.
Built in 1916, the Rawlinson & Glaholm building is a very good example of a modest, elegant Edwardian Commercial building. The building's size is in keeping with the pedestrian scale of this mixed residential and commercial area. The building was designed by architect E. J. Bresemann, who with partner Durfee, also designed Victoria's First Congregational Church and St. James Hotel and Nanaimo's Commercial Hotel.
The Rawlinson & Glaholm Building is part of a grouping of historic buildings in this neighbourhood.
Source: City of Nanaimo, Development Services Department, file #6800-20-H01-02/437 Fitzwilliam Street
Character defining elements of the Rawlinson & Glaholm Building include:
-all of the elements of Edwardian Commercial style as expressed in the simple massing and form, the pressed brick facade, the angled corner entry, the flat roof with a raised and stepped parapet, the galvanized iron and wood cornice and the arched openings on the remaining original windows
-the building's location at a prominent intersection that marks the gateway to this neighbourhood and within a grouping of historic buildings.
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Nanaimo, Development Services Department, file #6800-20-H01-02/437 Fitzwilliam Street.
See also: Nanaimo Community Archives Building Plans Collection
Cross-Reference to Collection