Old Post Office
340 Esplanade Avenue, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Old Post Office is a large, commanding brick building with Beaux-Arts detailing located on a prominent corner site on the main highway through Ladysmith, British Columbia. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.
Built in 1910, the Old Post Office is an excellent example of a standard plan post office erected during the era of David Ewart's tenure as Chief Dominion Architect. It is distinguished by its solid brick construction, its symmetrical and refined appearance and its prominent cornice.
The Old Post Office is significant as the premier symbol of early federal government presence in Ladysmith. This expensive and sophisticated building projected federal power and authority and, at the same time, signalled Ladysmith’s status as a town of consequence, worthy of federal investment.
Considerably larger and more elaborate than any neighbouring buildings, the Old Post Office is a highly visible community landmark.
Source: Town of Ladysmith Development Services
The character-defining elements of the Old Post Office include:
- its standard plan and modest Beaux-Arts style, functional design and high level of craftsmanship including two-storey rectangular massing, symmetrical façade, flat roof, semi-circular windows on the lower floor, rectangular windows on the upper floor, separate entrances for the customs and post office functions and elaborate dentilled cornice that defines the roofline
- its brick construction with dressed stone basement
- the incised Customs and Post Office signs on the front façade and brass mail and newspaper slots on the north elevation that indicate the building's
- its siting on a prominent corner location on a major thoroughfare
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Government and Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Post Office
Architect / Designer
David Ewart, Chief Dominion Architect
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Ladysmith Development Services
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