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Ladysmith Trading Company

410 First Avenue, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/03/01

Ladysmith Trading Company; Town of Ladysmith, 2009
Front facade
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Other Name(s)

Ladysmith Trading Company
Ward Block
Carlyle Block

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/04/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Ladysmith Trading Company is a two-storey vernacular commercial building located at a prominent intersection on the main commercial street in Ladysmith, British Columbia. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.

Heritage Value

The Ladysmith Trading Company is valued for its long association with the Rogers Family and its continuous use as a dry goods store for almost 100 years. John Weaver Rogers arrived in Ladysmith about 1912 and operated several dry goods stores before moving to this location around 1920. Around 1929, Rogers founded the Ladysmith Trading Company. In the mid-1950s, Rogers’ sons, Jack and Darrell, took over operation of the store. This was a true family business; John Weaver’s wife Mary continued working in the store, alongside her children and grandchildren, into her 90s. The Ladysmith Trading Company was formally wound up after Jack Rogers’ death in 2007. For almost a century, the Rogers family served generations of local residents, and the building has substantial value as a place of nostalgia and memory for those who once worked and shopped there.

The Ladysmith Trading Company is part of a grouping of largely intact historic buildings in Ladysmith’s commercial core. The building is the southern anchor of an almost continuous city block of similarly scaled historic buildings that collectively create a cohesive streetscape.

Substantially renovated over the years, the building’s architectural value lies in its scale and simple form and the window and door arrangement at the street level, which typifies commercial buildings of this era. There are also iconic and aesthetic values in the building’s distinctive signage, consisting of large-scale individually attached letters that spell out "Ladysmith Trading Co. Ltd."

Source: Town of Ladysmith, Development Services Department, File #6800-40d

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Ladysmith Trading Company include:
- the building’s form, scale and massing
- the siting of the building as the southern visual terminal of the 400-block of 1st Avenue
- the large windows and recessed entry doors at the street level
- the signage on the front facade
- the building’s location within a group of similarly proportioned historic commercial buildings on the town’s main commercial street



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Ladysmith, Development Services Department, File #6800-40d

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